Unifying for a Higher Purpose
Thursday Feb 29 2024
Eva Witesman believes in creating a better world, and she works toward it through her position as a professor in the BYU Marriott School of Business’s MPA program. Teaching courses on statistics, social impact, and prosocial business strategy, Witesman emphasizes to students the importance of unity with one another and the organizations they will work for.
The Practicality of Passion
Tuesday Feb 13 2024
As an art student, Laurel Galli-Graves could not have imagined that in a couple years she would end up working for the Department of Defense. In fact, before she began the Master of Public Administration program at the BYU Marriott School of Business, she had never written a piece of code and didn’t know what a data scientist’s job was. Now, as a US Digital Corps Data Science Fellow, she combines her artistic creativity, passion for public service, and love of analytics and machine learning to help further the public good.
Intention Turned to Action
Tuesday Jan 16 2024
When Aaron Miller talks to students about success in business, he says that future business leaders should focus less on climbing the corporate ladder and more on creating a positive impact in the world. As a teaching professor for the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics, Miller equips students with the skills they need to put their ideas into action in an ever-changing business world.
Ethics, Family, and Faith
Thursday Dec 21 2023
In October the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics invited Senator Mitt Romney and Ann Romney to BYU Marriott to share advice with MPA students preparing for careers in the public sector. The Romneys drew on their years working in government and nonprofits as they answered questions ranging from personal ethics to marriage in the public eye.
Liz the Wiz
Thursday Nov 30 2023
As a young girl growing up in North Carolina, Liz Dixon marveled at the floor-to-ceiling books that lined the office of her father—a professor of political science at a small liberal arts college. “Have you read all these books?” she asked him, “I mean all these books?” Her father replied: “All of them. Twice.”
Far From Home
Monday Oct 23 2023
Originally from the lush islands of Tonga, Malissa Fifita believes there are multiple pathways to personal success. A first-year student in the master of public administration program at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Fifita navigates life’s everchanging roads by drawing strength from her family, her culture, and her determination to serve others.
BYU Marriott Faculty Recognized at 2023 University Conference
Monday Oct 02 2023
At the 2023 University Conference in August, Brigham Young University recognized a handful of faculty and staff across campus for their efforts in advancing research and experiential learning as well as their exemplary contributions to the university. Among those honored were three faculty members from the BYU Marriott School of Business: Jeff Dyer, Eric Blum, and Isaac Smith.
Female judges, especially women of color, cited far less frequently than male judges
'Even among judges who are trained in equity and due process, we are not yet past the point where we can say we live in a bias-free world' Tuesday Sep 26 2023
Researchers from UNC Charlotte, University of Louisville, University of Georgia and Brigham Young University analyzed how the race and gender of federal judges might be impacting judicial processes. Specifically, they wanted to see which types of judges get the most attention from their peers when they have complete discretion to reference another judge’s work.
Wednesday Aug 16 2023
At the corner of Lindsey Street and Elm Avenue in Norman, Oklahoma, sits an institute of religion building. University of Oklahoma undergraduate Travis Ruddle had seen the building often but hardly acknowledged it. In summer 2009, Ruddle diverted from his normal walk across campus and entered the inconspicuous one-story building. Inside, Ruddle found a new life and a new path that would one day lead to teaching in the MPA program at the BYU Marriott School of Business.
2023 Administrator of the Year Named for Advocacy Efforts
Friday Jul 28 2023
The Romney Institute at the BYU Marriott School of Business annually recognizes an outstanding man or woman who has achieved distinction for management in the public or nonprofit sector. This year’s Administrator of the Year Award was presented to Debby Tucker for her work to end domestic and sexual violence.
Mentoring, Money, and an MPA
Wednesday Jul 26 2023
More than two decades after he graduated from the BYU Marriott School of Business with an MPA degree, David Tanner still refers back to what he learned at the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. Currently, Tanner consults state leaders, community organizers, and county and city elected officials in his role at the University of Georgia (UGA).
BYU Marriott Names Eva Witesman as New Director of Ballard Center
Monday Jul 10 2023
BYU Marriott School of Business dean Brigitte C. Madrian has announced Eva Witesman as the director of the Ballard Center for Social Impact, effective July 1, 2023. She replaces Steven Fox, who had been serving as interim director since May 1, 2023, following the retirement of long-time director Todd Manwaring.
The Determination of a Diplomat
Tuesday Jun 13 2023
Clark Pew has learned over the course of his life that persistence pays off. The BYU Marriott EMPA alumnus worked hard to achieve his academic goals and now lives in India working for the Department of State.
BYU Grad Programs Shine in 2023-2024 Edition of U.S. News Rankings
Thursday May 18 2023
BYU Law earns highest mark ever and BYU Marriott makes jump in latest edition of U.S. News rankings
Time, Treasure, and Talents
Friday Mar 03 2023
As a mom of four, Liz Mumford knows her way around the school system. Now, as a student herself in the MPA program at the BYU Marriott School of Business and as an elected official on the Davis Board of Education, Mumford is passionate about sharing her time and talents with the causes she believes in.
Renowned Researcher Receives Gary C. Cornia Lecture Series Award
Monday Feb 27 2023
Rosemary O’Leary, a renowned researcher and professor in the public management field, received the 2023 Gary C. Cornia Lecture Series Award from the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at the BYU Marriott School of Business. O’Leary, who has written 13 books and more than 135 articles on public management, presented her work on ethics and guerilla government at the award luncheon.
Revamping a Hospital, Transforming a Community
Monday Feb 13 2023
In December 2022, BYU Marriott alum Scott Adams retired as CEO of Pullman Regional Hospital in Washington state. Reflecting on 30 years of dedicated service, Adams recalls the opportunities that he had to unite and improve the Pullman community. Adams’s efforts to create an inclusive, people-centered culture in the hospital had rippling effects that will be felt in Pullman for many years to come.
An Education Led by Intuition
Friday Jan 27 2023
Chris Coombs enjoys charting his own course. After working for politicians in Utah and studying theology in Boston, Coombs followed his intuition to the MPA program at the BYU Marriott School of Business.
MPA Student Honored with 2022 Buckwalter Internship Award
Wednesday Jan 11 2023
William Livingston, an MPA student, has been named the 2022 Buckwalter Internship Award recipient by the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. Livingston received official recognition, along with the $1,500 award, during the program's Alumni of the Year dinner on November 10, 2022.
Using Ethics to Understand the Savior
Tuesday Dec 27 2022
As an undergraduate student at the BYU Marriott School of Business in 1983, Brad Agle was puzzled and intrigued by why people act unethically. After amassing renowned expertise in the field, Agle returned to the school in 2009 as a professor, where he now helps students crack tough ethical questions.