News and Awards

We are proud of our alumni.  Our graduates have made distinguished contributions to their communities, have provided leadership in business, have contributed to complicated efforts of diplomacy, conflict resolution, community planning, and have contributed responsibly as elected officials.  Some are even professors!  All are lifelong learners of politics and civic engagement, and are active citizens in their communities, nations and in international organizations.

Alumni Award Recipients

Outstanding Alumni Award 2018-19: Bob F. Buckhorn Jr.

'85 political science, was elected mayor of Tampa, Florida, after serving two terms on the Tampa City Council. Since becoming mayor, Bob has gained citywide recognition for his leadership, initiative, and progressive policies. He has annually balanced the budget, made strategic investments in infrastructure, and dramatically increased the city’s credit rating. Tampa has seen a 40 percent drop in its crime rate during Bob’s tenure as mayor. He has received a number of awards for his achievements and dedication to the community.

Previous Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients


Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2018-19: Brian C. Blase

'03 political science and mathematics, is the special assistant to the president for economic policy. He previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow with the Spending and Budget Initiative at George Mason University, where he researched the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, writing regular studies and commentaries. From 2011-2015, Brian worked as a senior healthcare staffer on Capitol Hill for both the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2013, with a dissertation on the Medicaid program. 

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Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2018-19: Deborah A. Miller

'85 political science, earned her juris doctorate at George Washington University Law School. In 2002, she joined the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service officer, serving as vice consul to the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, Deb has served as the human rights officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia; as consul for the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, India; as chief of the political and economic section of the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia; and as consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan. She is currently in training to prepare for her next assignment to Erbil, Iraq. She also served as senior political officer in the Office of Russian Affairs at the State Department in Washington, DC. Before joining the Foreign Service in 2002, Deb worked in the legal publishing division of Thomson Reuters and as an attorney in private practice. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Deb speaks fluently in Russian, Latvian, and German. 

Previous Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients


Alumni News

DeGrandis' create named professorship with $500,000 estate gift to Liberal Arts (August 2018)

Alumnus Continues Advocacy with Juvenile Law Fellowship (January 2018)

David Kleppinger appointed to the Board of Trustees (January 2017)