Dean John T.S. Keeler will step down, effective June 30, 2020.
During his 12-year tenure, Keeler launched the University’s Washington Center to connect the School and its students to the nation's capital. Through the center, a spring semester program on lobbying, advocacy and public diplomacy was created for students of GSPIA and the Pitt School of Law.
New programs launched during his tenure include:
- A post-baccalaureate credential in cybersecurity in partnership with Pitt's School of Computing and Information and Pitt Law;
- New majors in governance and international public management, energy and environment, and social policy;
- The School’s first online program, the Master of Public Policy and Management, which will add specialized versions, MPPM-Global Affairs and MPPM-Nonprofit Management, in the fall of 2020;
- Pitt’s Center for Disaster Management, the Center for Metropolitan Studies, and the Shale Gas Governance Center;
- The Frances Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs;
- The Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) in collaboration with the School of Sociology and the United Nations Development Program;
- and the GSPIA-School of Nursing joint degree.
Due to his leadership and vision, the School now ranks #2 among public universities and #10 overall for "International/Global Policy and Administration" in U.S. News Public Affairs rankings. Keeler was a strong advocate for adding the specialization to the annual rankings for Public Affairs.
He has also established multiple international collaborations and put a new emphasis on diversity through the appointment of a community engagement coordinator.
Keeler came to Pitt in 2007 from the University of Washington-Seattle. An internationally known scholar and teacher, Keeler is widely recognized for his expertise and research in comparative public policy, public policy, European Union politics, transatlantic relations, and American foreign policy.
He has been honored nationally and internationally, being recognized with the Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit from the American Society for Public Administration, was named the Donald C. Stone Lecturer for the American Society for Public Administration, was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and served as president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Previously, he has served as chair for the European Union Studies Association and as a USAID Consultant to the Supreme Rada of Ukraine. He was also honored with the Chevalier de l'Orde des Palmes Academiques from the French Ministry of National Education, the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricole from the French Ministry of Agriculture, and the Gabriel A. Almond Award from the American Political Science Association.
A search committee will be formed this year to identify his successor, according to the provost’s office. Keeler plans to take a sabbatical in 2020-21 and then return as a professor.
Stay tuned for opportunities to send your well wishes and to meet up to celebrate with Dean Keeler in the coming year!