Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs has been renamed in honor of Paul H. O’Neill, a former secretary of the U.S. Treasury and Indiana University alumnus. (James Brosher / Indiana University)
The announcement was made Monday by IU President Michael A. McRobbie.
The school was renamed the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in recognition of O’Neill’s career in the private and public sectors and a $30 million gift to support programming within the school, according to a news release.
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, according to the release.
“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. “Here, I encountered an endless feast of learning alongside wonderful faculty and students dedicated to the noble calling of public service. My education at IU was instrumental in preparing me for all that followed throughout a diverse and meaningful career.
O’Neill’s career began with the U.S. Veterans Administration in 1961, according to the release. He came to IU as part of the federal government’s Education for Public Management program.