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Career Advice From Sanford Grad, Top Young Healthcare Exec

Delvecchio Finley

Delvecchio Finley MPP'02, the 36-year-old CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has completed a lot of things that many people his age dream of. He managed to leave public housing in Atlanta behind, eventually earning a master's degree in public policy at Duke.  Since then, he’s risen swiftly in health care. Today, the 36-year-old Finley is CEO of one major medical center, Harbor-UCLA, and he's recently been tapped to lead another, Alameda Health System.


Sanford PhD Candidate Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant

Ying Shi, a doctoral candidate in public policy, has received a grant from the Horowitz Foundation for research in the social sciences. 


What Are The Two Key Questions Every Young Person Should Ask At Work?

Brandon Busteed

Sanford alum Brandon Busteed PPS ‘99 gave the commencement address to graduates of Augustana College (IL) on May 24, 2015. Busteed is an executive at Gallup, an organization known for its questions and surveys aimed at determining public opinion. Busteed says over the years, his organization has asked over tens of million people tens of thousands of different questions. But for a recent graduate, or someone new to the workplace, there are really only two questions that matter.


Alumnus Named Director of Duke in Washington Office

Duke alumnus Jeff Harris has been named director of Duke in Washington and associate director of federal relations for the university, said Christopher Simmons, associate vice president for federal relations. Harris is currently the senior manager for public affairs and policy program communications at the Aspen Institute where he manages public outreach, social media, media relations and other communications responsibilities.


NEWS TIP: Patriot Act Reforms Sufficient to Protect Privacy, Prohibit Governmental Abuse, Expert Says

If Congress does not act, only three provisions of the Patriot Act will expire on Sunday, and the vast majority of the law will remain in effect.


It's Official: Sanford School Celebrates 300 Graduates

smiling female graduate

During two graduation ceremonies on May 9, the Sanford School of Public Policy honored 300 students. The class of 2015 include 199 undergraduates, 60 Master of Public Policy (MPP), 37 Master of International Development (MIDP), and four PhD graduates.


Graduation 2015 Blog: Photos, Tweets and More

diploma rolls

This weekend we honor four groups of students—199 undergraduates, 60 Master of Public Policy graduates, 37 Master of International Development Policy graduates (who represent 21 countries!) and 4 Ph.D graduates.  Scroll to see all #PubPol2015 submissions.


Public Policy Senior Receives Griffith Service Award for Contributions to Global Community

Lucas Metropulos

While few undergraduate students launch nonprofits, Lucas Metropulos PPS’15 has done it twice. Lend a Hand Bahamas, his second nonprofit, earned him the William J. Griffith University Service Award in April for outstanding contributions to the global community.


How the WTO Became an Arbiter of Environmental Policy (Prof. Tana Johnson)

Friends of the Earth WTO protest

Over the years the World Trade Organization has become important—though not always appreciated—for its impact on environmental and energy policy. In a new article, Sanford professor Tana Johnson explains how the structure of the organization plays a role in environmental policy. 


Has the NIH Lost Its Halo? (Prof. Robert Cook-Deegan)

microscopic image of ebola virus

After decades of strong budget growth, the National Institutes of Health now faces an increasingly constrained funding environment and questions about the value of its research.


Graduation Speaker: Sean Knierim MIDP’08, The Unexpected Path

Sean looking at another person

When Sean Knierim MIDP’08 imagined his career path, his vision looked very different than the reality turned out to be.

“Every time I’ve been confident about what I was going to do next, I’ve been wrong,” Knierim said. The alumni speaker for Duke Sanford School of Public Policy’s 2015 master’s and PhD graduation ceremony, Knierim had originally planned to be an academic. He now works as the chief of staff at the Jeff Skoll Group, which includes media and entertainment companies, several philanthropic groups and an investment company.  


'Outrageous Ambition': Sanford’s Strategic Vision

Sanford tower. Photo by Carol Jackson

With a new leadership team, an extraordinary faculty and staff, great students and a university committed to the creation of “knowledge in the service of society,” we are well positioned to make an even greater impact on the world.