Brewster C. Denny is the founder of the UW Graduate School of Public Affairs and served as its first dean from 1961 to 1980. This Seattle native and UW alumnus comes from a long line of founders: Denny is the great grandson of Arthur and Mary Denny, founders of Seattle and the University of Washington.
Denny has had a long and distinguished career of scholarship and service. He is the author of many books, articles, chapters, and reviews, including Seeing American Foreign Policy Whole (1985). His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Public Administration Review, Science, and the GAO Journal.
Among his many contributions at the national level, Denny served as United States Representative to the 23rd General Assembly of the United Nations. He was appointed by the President to the United States Puerto Rico Commission, and served as an advisor to President Johnson on Executive Appointments.
Closer to home, Denny was chairman of the Metropolitan Study Commission, which designed a two tier, regional government for central Puget Sound. More recently, from 1991 to 1996 he was active as a member of the Board of The Commons. Beginning in 1992, he has taught American Diplomatic History and American Foreign Policy in the UW history department.