Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Moynihan takes over as director, Yackee to lead school's Board of Visitors

Susan Yackee and Don Moynihan Susan Yackee and Don Moynihan

Professor Don Moynihan, an internationally recognized public management expert, has succeeded Professor Susan Webb Yackee as director of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. Yackee, meanwhile, will continue to serve as director of the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors.

“I am delighted to take on this leadership position,” said Moynihan. “The La Follette School faculty, students, and staff are the best I’ve worked with since joining UW-Madison in 2005. I am so excited about how we can serve our students and The Wisconsin Idea in the coming years.”

Earlier this year, Moynihan received the Leon D. Epstein Distinguished Faculty Research Award from the College of Letters & Science, and in 2014, Moynihan received the prestigious David N. Kershaw Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Moynihan, a professor of public affairs, is serving a two-year term as president of the Public Management Research Association. He also serves on a National Academies of Sciences panel on Performance-Based Safety Regulation and was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011.

A highly regarded educator, Moynihan hopes to heighten awareness about the school’s pioneering research and its work with local, state, national, and international agencies and organizations.

“Our faculty and students do amazing research on real-world projects to find solutions for some of today’s most challenging issues,” said Moynihan, the school’s associate director from 2009 to 2012. “The La Follette School takes the Wisconsin Idea very seriously, seeking to improve the lives of people not only in Wisconsin but worldwide.”

Yackee, the La Follette School’s director since 2013, expects Moynihan to advance many innovative ideas in his new role. “Don is a remarkable combination of dedicated researcher and beloved teacher,” she said. “The La Follette School is in excellent hands.”

Among Yackee’s many achievements during her three-year term as director, Yackee convened a new Board of Visitors in 2015 and hired the school’s first permanent associate director – Hilary Shager (PhD ’12, MPA ’05).

As director of the Board of Visitors, Yackee will lead board members’ efforts to help the school identify resources that can enhance its stature, provide assistance in fundraising, provide career advice and assistance to students, and act as goodwill ambassadors for the school.

“Our board members bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the La Follette School, and I am honored to continue my work with them,” said Yackee, a La Follette School faculty member since 2007.