Robin Boone becomes associate director, responsible for day-to-day activities, special events and expansion of the DC program.

Bill Shute, interim director of the LBJ Washington Center and former vice chancellor of federal relations with The University of Texas System, has agreed to stay on as executive director of the Center, it was announced by Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School.

As executive director, Shute will lead the operations of the LBJ Washington Center, fostering growth of DC-based academic and nonacademic programs to enhance experiential and employment opportunities for students and raise the visibility and impact of the center as a federal policy hub tied to a top-10 policy school. Key responsibilities include assessment and planning, operations and support, program development and relationship building.


"Bill's time as vice chancellor of federal relations with The University of Texas System, coupled with 32 years of professional experience in and around federal politics in Washington, provides unparalleled insight and experience at the intersection of federal policy and higher education." —LBJ School Dean Angela Evans

In addition, Robin Boone, senior academic program coordinator with the center, will assume the duties of associate director, effective immediately. Boone, who has been with the center since its 2015 launch, will assume more direct responsibility over day-to-day activities, special events and the expansion of the Center as it increases the LBJ School’s presence in Washington, DC.

Robin Boone (far left) and Bill Shute (far left) with the 2019 cohort of LBJ DC Fellows at their graduation (Photo by Ralph Alswang)

Robin Boone (far left) and Bill Shute (far left) with the 2019 cohort of LBJ DC Fellows at their graduation. (Photo by Ralph Alswang)

 

"I am appreciative that Bill has agreed to stay on as executive director," said Evans. "His time as vice chancellor of federal relations with The University of Texas System, coupled with 32 years of professional experience in and around federal politics in Washington, provides unparalleled insight and experience at the intersection of federal policy and higher education."

"And I could not be more pleased that Robin will continue to utilize her expertise and exceptional planning and organizational skills to help us enhance the Center’s role in promoting the faculty and students of the LBJ School in the federal policymaking arena," said Evans.

 

LBJ Washington Center

The LBJ Washington Center is home to the LBJ School's innovative DC Concentration, which operates as an integrated track within the LBJ School's traditional MPAff and MGPS degree programs. After a year of intensive policy coursework in Austin, students (LBJ DC Fellows) continue their studies at night in Washington, DC, while embarking on a six-month Policy Apprenticeship with a public, private, nonprofit or nongovernmental organization, jump-starting their Washington-based careers.

LBJ School of Public Affairs

The LBJ School, one of the nation's top-10 graduate public affairs schools, makes a difference, not only within the walls of academia, but also in the public and social dialogue of the world. Contributing viable solutions to society is the LBJ School's legacy and its benchmark. Its effectiveness in channeling the purpose and passion of students into professional careers is evident in the success of more than 4,300 graduates who are the living legacy of President Johnson's bold and fearless action. The University of Texas at Austin is home to the LBJ School. For more, visit http://lbj.utexas.edu.