UW News

May 14, 2015

UW Regents approve new name for Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

UW News

Evans SchoolThe Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington has a new name following approval by the university’s Board of Regents during a meeting Thursday. Effective July 1, the university’s largest graduate degree program will be known as the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

“The Regents’ action is welcomed and an exciting development in our program’s history,” said Sandra O. Archibald, dean and professor. “The new name recognizes our intellectual and practical contributions to public policy design, implementation and evaluation as well as leadership in understanding complex management challenges that emerge at all levels of local, national and global governance.”

Established in 1962 as the Graduate School of Public Affairs, the program was one of the nation’s first schools of public affairs at a public university. The school was renamed in 2000 to honor Daniel J. Evans, who served as a U.S. senator and three-term governor of the state of Washington.

The school’s current total enrollment of 502 students includes 405 in the MPA program, 78 in the Executive Master of Public Administration program and 19 Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management students.

The Evans School is ranked ninth among the nation’s schools of public affairs, fourth among the programs at public institutions. The name change does not impact the program’s accreditation or any of the school’s four degrees: Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA (Executive MPA), Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MS), and Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management (Ph.D.).