Dean Keeler to serve as President of APSIA



It was recently announced that GSPIA Dean John Keeler, currently the Vice President of APSIA, will become president of the association in December 2010.  Keeler will succeed the current President of APSIA, Dean Brian Atwood of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, when he leaves his academic position to become Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) in Paris.

APSIA (the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) comprises 34 member schools in North America, Asia and Europe dedicated to the promotion of excellence in professional, international affairs education worldwide by sharing information and ideas among member schools and with other higher education institutions, the international affairs community, and the general public.

The member schools of the APSIA are the primary sources of education for international affairs professionals in their respective countries. These schools prepare students for the global workplace of the 21st Century by combining multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies with career development. The APSIA schools are proud of their reputations for producing diverse, well-educated and sophisticated international affairs professionals, many of whom hold leadership positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors throughout the United States and the world.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2016: Online Accelerated Mid-Career Master’s Program

Applications are now being accepted for the new 30-credit Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) online program. The MPPM online program provides professionals with at least five years of full-time work experience an opportunity to advance their careers at a time and place that is convenient for them.

Abdulrahman Abdullah Al-Barrak (MPA ‘83/ PhD ’89) Honored at GSPIA Board of Visitors Reception

Dean John Keeler presented the GSPIA Distinguished Alumnus Award to Abdulrahman Abdullah Al-Barrak (MPA ‘83/PhD ’89) during the annual Board of Visitors student reception. Al-Barrak earned his B.A. in 1980 at the King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  The next year he moved to Pittsburgh to study at GSPIA.  He completed his MPA in 1983 and his PhD in 1989 with a dissertation titled “The Use of Operations Research Techniques in the Public Sector of Saudi Arabia.” 

Daley (MPA '75) Receives GSPIA Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dean John Keeler presented Edwin Daley (MPA ’75) with GSPIA’s Distinguished Alumnus Award during a recent alumni gathering in Richmond, VA. Dr. Daley held various positions throughout his 40 year career in local government, and represents the heart and soul of a true and dedicated public servant. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972. He then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in 1973 and began working in the public sector for the City of New Castle, Pennsylvania. 

University of Pittsburgh and FBI Research Focuses on Countering Violent Extremism

Research takes many forms, but for student researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the process took on a whole new meaning when the school partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to develop new knowledge in countering violent extremism. 

GSPIAians Named Presidential Management Finalist

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management recently announced the finalists for the 2016 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program including GSPIAians: Carrie Hallum (MPA), Katherine Terrell (MPIA) and Allison Varricchio, (MID ‘15). 

Susan and John Marks to Receive Johnson Institute’s 2016 Exemplary Leadership Award

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership will honor Susan Collin Marks, Peace Ambassador and John Marks, Founder of the Search for Common Ground at 3:30 pm, Thursday, April 21 at the University Club.

GSPIA Goes to Washington

Students in Professor Charles Skinner's "Foreign Policy and Diplomacy" course traveled to Washington on March 10-11 for meetings with senior officials from the State Department, Senator Richard Lugar (former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee), Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas, and Dr. Mark Lowenthal (former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production).

Interested in a GSPIA degree? GSPIA will be hosting an information session for prospective students at the Grand Concourse, a convenient 3-minute subway ride from downtown Pittsburgh. Light refreshments will be provided.

This is a great opportunity for local professionals to learn more about GSPIA’s accelerated, one-year Master of Public Policy and Management, now available online or on campus!

The event is also open to students interested in GSPIA’s traditional two-year Master of Public Administration, Master of International Development, or Master of Public and International Affairs degree.

To RSVP, please click here:

Wednesday, May 18
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
The Grand Concourse Restaurant
100 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Johnson Institute: Preparing Leaders One Student at a Time

By Aileen St. Leger

For many years, the City of Pittsburgh was said to be suffering from “brain drain,” the phenomena caused by students receiving a rigorous education from one of Pittsburgh’s prestigious institutions, and then leaving the city in search of better economic opportunities in other regions, explained John Delano on a recent segment of the Sunday Business Page.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies is honored to present the Third Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture at 2:15 p.m. Mon., March 29 at the University Club, Ballroom B.  This year’s guest lecturer will be Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command.  To register, click here.

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