“Your Aim Must Be to Be the Best in the World at Everything You Do”*
Indiana University has renamed its School of Public and Environmental Affairs as the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in recognition of O’Neill’s distinguished career in public and private sectors and gifts to the University. O’Neill attended the School as part of the federal government’s Education for Public Management program, graduating in 1966 with a Master of Public Administration degree.
“Over half a century ago I was afforded the opportunity to come to Indiana University, which I count among the great good fortunes of my life,” O’Neill said. “I am honored to now have the opportunity to give back to this exemplary institution, which means so much to me. My hope is that the school remains a place of excellence where future leaders can combine passion with action and develop the confidence they need to engage with society’s greatest challenges and opportunities.”
O’Neill’s gift will establish the Paul H. O’Neill Center on Leadership in Public Service, a dean’s initiatives fund, three faculty chair positions, five professorships, a fellowship program for master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral students, and a scholarship program, which will continue in perpetuity.
John Graham, former dean of the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, said, “Paul’s dedication to public and community service, his business acumen, and his strong sense of integrity are traits that our students should be proud to carry forward. He is an inspirational example of leading for the greater good.”
*Paul O’Neill quote on a plaque in the O’Neill School entry.