LBJ School Remembered

Coming from a background in dentistry, I was the first health professional to enter the LBJ School. I was drawn to public service because it is a profession where my input could become greater than one man’s efforts when compounded by members of a larger team. The LBJ School gave me the example of how a group of students and faculty could come together with a set of hopes and ideas and become one of the outstanding presidential schools in the USA. That lesson, when seen as a model, gives the courage to carry the concept to later opportunities. It diminishes fear of starting new programs, makes one believe that anything can be done if you build the best team and believe that vision can become reality. The LBJ School taught me to reach for goals and destinations I had not imagined before. To not be locked in to borders that had been determined at an earlier age. To dream bigger, to see the world having many choices not dreamed before. In my internship, I became the dental health advisor for Senator Ted Kennedy. He was then the Chair of the Senate Health Subcommittee and author of a legislative bill named The Children’s Dental Health Act of 1971.That experience gave me an insight into the Washington world and provided knowledge that was used when, upon graduation, I went to...

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