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#TBT: Celebrate Throwback Thursday with 80 years of SPA.

For 80 years SPA students, alumni, faculty and staff have been inspired to reach for excellence. Browse the snapshots of those moments below to learn more about the history of SPA. Some moments are funny; others somber; others awe-inspiring. All of them help to make the school a special place to achieve excellence and impact in the field of public affairs.

Carroll Campbell, Jr., SPA/MA ’85

Carroll Campbell

U.S. Representative from South Carolina and SPA graduate Carroll Campbell used his office to fight against Alzheimer's until he passed away in 2005. Learn More »

Muriel Bowser, SPA/MPP ’00

Muriel Bowser

Washington, DC mayor-elect Muriel Bowser earned a Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Affairs in 2000. In April 2014 she was awarded the Alice Paul Award. See the Tweet »

Carol Laise,  SPA/BA ’38

Carroll Campbell

Following her graduation from the School of Public Affairs in 1938, Carol Laise broke down gender barriers, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the Department of State by 1973. Learn More »

Arthur Flemming, MA ’28

Arthur Flemming Arthur Sherwood Flemming was not yet 30 years old when he approached the Rockefeller Foundation with a vision. With support from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Flemming wanted to kick-start a new program at American University. The AU alumnus came away with a grant of $4,000, enough to open the School of Public Affairs in 1934. Learn more »