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Remembering former Ford School Dean Rebecca Blank

Mar 3, 2023
President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Emeritus Paul N. Courant share their Michigan memories of Rebecca M. Blank, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy from 1999 to 2007. Blank also served in multiple federal roles and was...
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A man of enormous integrity: How the Ford School got its name

Nov 14, 2019
In December 1977, at the annual party of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (IPPS), a young graduate student named James McIntire (MPP ’78) found himself chatting with the Institute’s director, the political scientist Jack L. Walker, Jr. Out...
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Soundbites, overheard @ Ford School events

Dec 9, 2014
In the face of modern day challenges, from HIV/AIDS to climate change, we are better positioned than ever to help communities kindle change where it is most needed. Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the Peace Corps, “Peace Corps in the 21st...

Ford School of Public Policy celebrating a century of impact

Oct 27, 2014
Originally published in The University RecordA major milestone is in sight for the faculty, students, alumni and staff of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy: the school will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend.In 1999, U-M named its...

Sheldon Danziger to retire from the University of Michigan

May 1, 2014
This year, Sheldon H. Danziger took a leave of absence to serve as the tenth president of the Russell Sage Foundation, the premier foundation devoted exclusively to social science research. With great happiness for him, and an equal measure of...

Ford School 100

Jan 28, 2014
The Ford School's centennial year is underway! To kick off the celebrations, we sent 2014 calendars to thousands of alumni and friends. (Didn't get yours? Please email erinren[at]umich.edu for a copy.)In 1913, Jesse S. Reeves, chairman of the...

"Martian's Daughter" at Hungarian embassy in DC

Nov 14, 2012
Marina Whitman spoke with Bloomberg News at a book signing in Washington, DC hosted by long-time friends John and Debbie Dingell, Alan Greenspan, and Andrea Mitchell."It's hard for an academic to sound like a human being," Whitman said of writing...
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Joint PhD Program Reaches Ten Year Mark

Jan 5, 2012
Founding director Mary E. Corcoran and others reflect on the program's success When Mary E. Corcoran became program director of the Ford School's fledgling joint doctoral program 10 years ago, she didn't have a problem recruiting...

Ford School celebrates 30 years of PPIA

Sep 8, 2011
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) program-a program designed to build diversity in public service.The University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has proudly supported PPIA...

Rebecca M. Blank assumes role of Acting Commerce Secretary

Aug 3, 2011
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke formally resigned on August 2, 2011 to be sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. Rebecca M. Blank, currently Acting Deputy Secretary of the...

A letter from the Board Chair

Jan 25, 2011
Dear Alumni and Friends, Happy New Year! I am pleased to write to you with updates from the Ford School Alumni Board and provide some of the details of what you already know: Ford School graduates continue to be recognized as leaders in both the...
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95 years of service

Sep 16, 2009
This year, we celebrate the Ford School’s 95th anniversary. We're proud of the school's contributions to public policy research and education – proud that through our program, the University of Michigan has trained so many generations of committed...

Becky Blank confirmed as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

May 21, 2009
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Rebecca M. Blank, former dean of the Ford School, as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Department of Commerce.Blank was the dean of the Ford School for eight years and was also co-director of the National...

Brian Jacob earns prestigious David N. Kershaw Award and Prize

Oct 7, 2008
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Professor Brian Jacob will be presented the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize in November for his contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management.Jacob, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of...

National Poverty Center awarded three-year federal renewal

Oct 15, 2007
The National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan has been awarded a federal co-operative research agreement based on a national competition that extends its research, training and dissemination activities through 2010. The NPC began its...

Susan M. Collins named dean of the Ford School

Jun 8, 2007
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Teresa A. Sullivan today announced the appointment of Susan M. Collins as the next Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy. The five-year appointment, made in review and discussion...