Julián Castro to join LBJ School’s fac­ulty

Julián Castro will join the fac­ulty at the LBJ School of Public Af­fairs.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ralph K.M. Hau­r­witz rhau­r­witz@states­man.com Castro con­tin­ued

The former San An­to­nio mayor and U.S. hous­ing sec­re­tary will lead a sem­i­nar se­ries and might teach reg­u­lar classes soon.

Julián Castro — former fed­eral hous­ing sec­re­tary, former San An­to­nio mayor and, by the looks of things, a man who is siz­ing up the pos­si­bil­ity of a run for the White House in 2020 — will join the fac­ulty at the Univer­sity of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Af­fairs in Septem­ber.

Castro ini­tially will lead a sem­i­nar se­ries ex­am­in­ing the com­plex­i­ties of pol­icy de­vel­op­ment through the lens of hous­ing. Work­shops on the fu­ture of Texas, as well as pod­casts and tra­di­tional classes with an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary fla­vor, could soon be in the mix.

“We’re liv­ing in this mo­ment where a lot of young peo­ple are ques­tion­ing the value of public ser­vice, and they find it hard to see good public pol­icy in ac­tion,” Castro told the Amer­i­can-States­man on Mon­day. “The more voices that can help in­spire them to go into public ser­vice and to take public pol­icy se­ri­ously, I think the bet­ter off we’re go­ing to be.”

An­gela Evans, dean of the LBJ School, said she ap­proached Castro about the job and sees him not only as a stand­out ad­di­tion to the fac­ulty but also as a kitchen cab­i­net ad­viser to help her re­think the fu­ture of the school’s cur­ricu­lum and its ap­proach to ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents in coming decades.

“It’s not like he said, ‘ Oh, An­gela, I want to come there be­cause I re­ally have as­pi­ra­tions and this is go­ing to give me cover.’ He came be­cause I asked him to come,” Evans told the Amer­i­can-States­man. “My guess is I

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