The Professors in President-Elect Obama’s Cabinet

Jan 16, 2009 7:10pm

ABC News On Campus reporter Chelsey Delaney reports:

As college students peel themselves off couch cushions to start the spring 2009 semester after winter break, some law and public policy students might find more has changed than the person running the White House. Many of their professors intend to make changes in Washington, too.

The Obama administration’s Cabinet consists of 11 previous college administrators or professors, the majority  coming from the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard Law School and the University of Texas L.B.J. School of Public Affairs, based on an informal count.   

Bush’s Cabinet had four previous collegiate administrators or professors, including Condoleeza Rice, who taught political science at Stanford University.

Although the schools will miss claiming these people as their own, the feeling of pride outweighs the other emotions, according to Susan Binford, assistant dean at the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs.

"Inauguration Day will mean a lot to James Steinberg, our dean and Obama’s choice for deputy secretary of state, and to professor Jeanne Lambrew, who is spearheading the new White House Office of Health Care Reform," Binford said.

Students at Berkeley are confident that science will have more governmental emphasis now that Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel prize winner in physics and a professor there, was selected as Obama’s choice for secretary of  energy, said Daniel Kammen,  director of U.C.-Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.

"I am very excited to see so many dynamic and creative individuals selected for roles in the Obama administration," Kammen said. "Students at Cal are primarily excited to see the discussion of change featured clearly during both the Obama campaign and now in developing his administration."

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