JR DeShazo appointed Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs



Dear UT community,

I am delighted to announce that JR DeShazo will be the next dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, effective September 10, 2021. Until then, he will serve as dean-designate.

Dean-designate DeShazo comes to UT Austin from the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, he is a professor of public policy and holds joint positions in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Urban Planning, and the Institute of Environment and Sustainability.

He has held various leadership positions, including serving as chair and vice-chair of the UCLA Public Policy Department. He was also the founding director of the Luskin Center for Innovation, one of the country’s leading environmental policy research centers.

Dean-designate DeShazo is a distinguished scholar whose work focuses on clean technology policies, the design of policies aimed at improving environmental equity, methods of assessing changes in environmental quality and the performance of public bodies.

Through his research and appointments, he has served as policy advisor to international organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations. He has also advised federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dean-designate DeShazo received a doctorate in urban planning from Harvard University; a master’s degree in development economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar; and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

I would like to thank the search committee and recognize their tremendous efforts. I would also like to thank David Springer who stepped in to lead the school during an unprecedented time for the university and our communities.

Please join me in welcoming DeShazo, the Dean-designate, to the UT community.


Dan Jaffe
Acting Executive Vice President and Provost



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