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Dean's Fund at GSPIA honoring John Keeler

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Dean's Fund at GSPIA honoring John Keeler

About Our Project:

Dr. John Keeler will be stepping down from his role as Dean of GSPIA. During his 13 years in the role, Dean Keeler has had an incredible impact on students, faculty, staff and alumni all over the world. In honor of his dedication to supporting students as they seek professional development opportunities, we are asking our alumni, faculty, staff and friends to make gifts to the Dean’s Fund at GSPIA. 

With these donations, GSPIA will continue to provide funding for professional development opportunities. Gifts to the Dean’s Fund go directly to support students. They are awarded during the School’s Professional Development Funds (PDF) rounds which occur three times a year (October, March and May). 

By providing students with a monetary award for professional development, we relieve some of the financial burdens many students encounter when trying to secure an internship or attend conferences to present their work. We hope the Dean’s Fund will encourage students to continue to seek opportunities to grow their skill set outside the classroom and prepare themselves to be successful in a competitive job market. The Dean’s Fund will recognize and extend the legacy of Dean Keeler’s commitment to providing this crucial and impactful financial support for students. 

How You Can Help: What is our goal and how will these funds be used? 

Honor Dr. Keeler by making a contribution that celebrates his legacy of providing crucial support to students seeking professional development opportunities.

Your financial contribution, no matter the amount, will be used to provide support to GSPIA students who apply for funding for:

  • Professional Memberships
  • Professional Workshops (remote/web-based)
  • Professional Development Webinars
  • On-line access to Archives or Libraries
  • Research related dissertation expenses (non-travel)
  • Travel  (domestic and international) - to be determined based on University approval, 2020-2021

Any amount raised over our goal will remain in the Dean’s Fund and be used to support student professional development opportunities. We understand that not everyone may be able to contribute financially, but sharing our link through e-mail and social media can still help us reach our goal! 

All public donors will be recognized on the wall of appreciation. We look forward to updating you with stories and photos throughout the campaign – on behalf of GSPIA, thank you for your support!


Contributions received for this project shall be used in accordance with the purpose described herein, the terms in the FAQs and applicable law. For questions that cannot be answered in the FAQs, please call 412-383-5001 or email

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Founding Year

On September 17, 1958 GSPIA welcomed its inaugural class. Since then, GSPIA has celebrated over 8,000 alumni. Your donation of our founding year to the Dean’s Fund honors our proud past and Dean Keeler’s leadership over the past 13 years, while making a world of impact for our students.


Support Unequaled Experiences

Many of our students expand their skillset by applying for competitive internships. For in-person opportunities, a roundtrip metro ride from the suburbs in Maryland to Foggy Bottom, Pentagon, or K Street 5 days a week for a 10-week internship can add up quickly! Under Dean Keeler’s tenure, the DC office was created and continues to be an asset to GSPIA. Your donation to the Dean’s Fund directly benefits students by helping to offset overlooked costs (like a $6.00 one-way metro ride!).


Develop Essential Skills

By donating $100 to the Dean’s Fund, you are ensuring the next generation of analysts, specialists, and public leaders can apply principles to practice by helping to offset conference registration fees, travel, academic resources, and presentation supplies. Dean Keeler has been a strong supporter of students by providing financial assistance so they can attend and present at professional conferences.


Advance Valuable Opportunities

GSPIA is able to provide opportunities for student enrichment. Your donation allows students to look for professional development opportunities that aid their search for solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The Dean’s Fund at GSPIA has allowed Dean Keeler to support the needs of first and second year students, as well as students in the PhD program.


Reduce Financial Uncertainty

Gifts to the Dean’s Fund elevate the student experience at GSPIA by combining exceptional academic performance with worldly experience. By increasing professional development financial support, the best and brightest students are able to say yes to opportunities to grow and Dean Keeler’s legacy of providing this important support for students continues for years to come.


Lead with Powerful Generosity

In addition to honoring Dean Keeler’s leadership of GSPIA these 13 years, a gift to the Dean’s Fund makes the uncertain future a little less uncertain for current and future GSPIA students. As we look to future professional development opportunities, your support will be critical to GSPIA’s ability to help students become changemakers.

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