New McCourt School of Public Policy Gets Historic Launch

October 8, 2013 – The university celebrated the formal launch today of the McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP), a long-held vision that President John J. DeGioia says acknowledges the urgency of solving some of the most complex public policy challenges of our time.

“As we wrestle with the challenges of access to education and health care, of the importance of the dignity of work and the need to ensure our economies can provide for the needs of all of our people,” DeGioia said during a ceremony that included a full academic procession and regalia, “we need to engage the voices from other parts of the world – scholars and practitioners whose [research on] similar challenges are producing powerful new ideas that can provide creative, imaginative, innovative solutions for our societies.”

The vision of creating a premier school of public policy in the nation’s capital is made possible by a $100 million gift – the largest in university history – from Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C’75), who has extensive connections to Georgetown.

“I’m sure that the irony is not lost on any of us that our government is shut down on the day that this school is being established,” McCourt said. “In a world where policies too often seem abstract, impersonal and ideologically driven, this school will strive to reconnect policy with the people it impacts ...”