The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) ranks fourth among graduate schools of public affairs, according to the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. The school also ranked second in public management and second in public budgeting and finance nationally.
Julie Smith (AB ’00) helps remove financial barriers for students.
“I never want finances to be a barrier for a student trying to pursue an opportunity while at UGA, whether it’s study abroad or an internship.”
Created at the start of the twenty-first century, SPIA was conceived as “a new school for a new millennium,” designed to enhance civic engagement, public leadership, scholarship on political institutions and policy, and effective governance.
Home to the School of Public and International Affairs, Candler Hall sits on the edge of the famed Herty Field. Once a dormitory, Candler has a rich history filled with stories dating back to 1901. In 2003, Candler Hall underwent extensive renovations, restoring its historic features.
Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Larry O’Toole, and his wife, Mary, have made a gift of $125,000 to create the ‘Public Administration and Policy Doctoral Fellowship Fund.’ “Larry O’Toole is a