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  • Looking Behind the Bill: The 2024 Cornia Award Winner Wednesday May 01 2024

    The Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at the BYU Marriott School of Business honored Amanda Rutherford, a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a scholar in the field of public administration, with the 2024 Gary C. Cornia Award.

  • Coming Full Circle Tuesday Apr 16 2024

    In 1948 Mariyah Housari’s grandparents fled from their home in the Levantine city of Jaffa to Ramallah in the West Bank. Twenty years later, Housari’s father left Palestine for a brighter future in the United States. Fast forward to today, where Housari, an MPA student at the BYU Marriott School of Business, comes full circle as she aims to aid modern-day Palestinian refugees.

  • Bridging Local Efforts and Global Impact: The 2023 Buckwalter Award Recipients Thursday Apr 04 2024

    Erica Jensen and Brianna Merling, two MPA students from the BYU Marriott School of Business, each received the 2023 Doyle W. Buckwalter Award, which includes a $1,500 cash prize, for exemplary performance in respective off-campus internships.

  • From the Ground Up: Building an Alumni Family Tuesday Apr 02 2024

    In January, Vicki Okerlund retired after 24 years in her position as director of alumni relations for the master of public administration (MPA) program at the BYU Marriott School of Business. From building an alumni network to forging one-on-one relationships with those in the MPA community, Okerlund leaves behind a legacy of Christ-centered leadership that extends beyond the workplace.

  • The Power of an Open Heart Wednesday Mar 20 2024

    Justin Weiss, a graduate of the EMPA program from the BYU Marriott School of Business, has lived a life full of unexpected triumphs and hardships. Throughout all of these pivots, Weiss has embraced spiritual, academic, and professional opportunities by keeping an open heart.

  • Patient to Healer: MPA Alumnus of the Year Friday Mar 08 2024

    Dale Hull has spent most of his professional career helping others seeking medical attention. During his most recent endeavor, he took the opportunity to help individuals with paralysis by co-founding a rehabilitation center. This year, Hull was named the 2023 Alumnus of the Year by the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics.

  • 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.

  • Instituting Religion 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