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About the John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Over 50 years of turning dreamers into doers.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is a family of individuals committed to making positive change in the world. Through programming and education, we strive to inspire citizenship throughout our community and develop the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders. 

How will you make the world a better place?

Diversity and Pluralism
Equity and Justice
Excellence and Integrity
Inclusion and Collaboration
Independence and Curiosity

We Value Inclusive Excellence

Our faculty, staff, students and alumni contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment that celebrates the fundamental value and dignity of everyone. We create safe spaces for civil discourse that acknowledges and embraces diverse perspectives on issues and challenges that affect our community. 

Diversity and Pluralism

We seek different experiences, ideas and perspectives.

Equity and Justice

We believe everyone deserves dignity and fair treatment.

Excellence and Integrity

We work honestly as we endeavor to be our best.

Inclusion and Collaboration

We aspire to be a welcoming and supportive community.

Independence and Curiosity

We strive to be objective, reflective and inquisitive.

We Value Inclusive Excellence

Our faculty, staff, students and alumni contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment that celebrates the fundamental value and dignity of everyone. We create safe spaces for civil discourse that acknowledges and embraces diverse perspectives on issues and challenges that affect our community. 

We seek different experiences, ideas and perspectives.

We believe everyone deserves dignity and fair treatment.

We work honestly as we endeavor to be our best.

We aspire to be a welcoming and supportive community.

We strive to be objective, reflective and inquisitive.

Marine. Astronaut. Senator. Educator.

Sen. John Glenn dedicated his life to serving others. His legacy continues in the Glenn College today, where we inspire future generations of public leaders and provide them with tools to make the world a better place.

On a Mission

The Glenn College’s overarching duty is to “inspire citizenship and develop leadership” in the public sector through pursuit of a five-fold mission.

Foster

Foster the creation of knowledge of public affairs and disseminate knowledge of public affairs to students, public affairs professionals and citizens to enable them to make positive impacts on communities, states and regions, the nation and the international community.

Promote

Promote excellence in education in public policy analysis and management in an interdisciplinary framework.

Engage Internally

Engage faculty, staff and students from throughout The Ohio State University in ongoing relationships with the public and nonprofit sectors in order to impact the critical issues facing society.

Prepare

Prepare leaders for the public and nonprofit sectors by means of curricular and extracurricular programs.

Engage Externally

Engage public officials, representatives of public groups and citizens in dialogue, deliberation and action to improve the performance of democratic governance.

13th

No. 13 Ranked 13th nationally among the 290 public affairs schools in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School Rankings.

No. 1 A full 45 spots above the next highest-ranked Ohio program, the Glenn College is the only public affairs program in Ohio ranked in the top 50 schools.

No. 8 ShanghaiRankings places The Ohio State University’s public administration research eighth in the world, and fourth in the United States, for collaborative, high-quality and impactful scholarship.

94%

94% of our undergraduates are employed or are in graduate/professional school within six months of graduation.

100% of Glenn College MPA, In-Career MA and dual-degree graduates are employed or are in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Top 5%

Eight of the Glenn College’s graduate specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Public Management and Leadership is ranked 8th best, Environmental Policy is ranked at No. 13, Urban Policy is ranked at No. 15, Nonprofit Management is ranked at No. 17, Local Government Management is No. 18 and Public Policy Analysis is No. 18.

Leading Public Affairs Education

The faculty at the Glenn College provides an excellent educational experience by embracing diverse perspectives and challenging students to think analytically while generating solutions to critical public problems.

Board of Distinguished Visitors

Michael B. Coleman  -  Director, Business & Governmental Strategies, Ice Miller

  • Louis Beck  -  President, Union Savings Bank
  • Barbara Benham  -  Executive Vice President/Chief Public Affairs Officer, Huntington Bank
  • Sherrod Brown  -  United States Senator
  • Jo Ann Davidson  -  President, JAD and Associates LLC
  • Sander Flaum  -  Principal, Flaum Navigators
  • Michael Gillette  -  Executive Director, Humanities Texas
  • Melissa Gilliam  -  Executive Vice President & Provost, The Ohio State University
  • David Glenn  -  Son of Sen. John and Annie Glenn
  • Lyn Glenn  -  Daughter of Sen. John and Annie Glenn
  • Jack Kessler  -  Chairman, The New Albany Company
  • Greg Lashutka  -  Senior Consultant, Findley Davies
  • Rob Portman  -  United States Senator
  • Sheila Ronis  -  President, The University Group, Inc.
  • Randy Smith  -  Vice Provost - Academic Programs, The Ohio State University
  • Charles Wise  -  Founding Director, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • Guy Worley  -  CEO/President, Columbus Downtown Development Corp.