In January 2016, construction of the Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center expansion and renovation began at SPEA in Bloomington. The space, completed in January 2017, houses SPEA’s top-ranked graduate programs and has expanded the footprint of the existing SPEA building to extend out to Tenth Street.Read news release Support the building project
Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center
Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center Dedication Ceremony
- Three stories
- 29,000 square feet of new space
- To be LEED certified by U.S. Green Building Council—goal of Gold
- Architect: BSA Life Structures
- 6,000 square feet will be renovated as part of expansion link
- Five stories
- 126,844 square feet
- 1972: School of Public and Environmental Affairs is established
- October 7, 1982: Existing SPEA building dedicated
- October 30, 2009: SPEA atrium named for Tavis Smiley
- January 2016: Renovations begin on SPEA Plaza and O'Neill expansion
- January 2017: O'Neill Center expansion is completed
- March 24, 2017: Official building dedication ceremony
Support the Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center
Your gift supports the Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center and graduate programs in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs—helping us advance leadership for the greater good.
For specific naming and other giving opportunities contact Lori Garraghty, Executive Director, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, at (812) 855-6802 or .
Two supporters leading the way through philanthropy
Paul H. O’Neill
Paul H. O’Neill received a Master in Public Affairs from Indiana University in 1966 and an honorary doctorate from the University in 2014. In 1967, he joined the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, serving as deputy director from 1974 to 1977. In addition to serving as Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, O’Neill has held leadership positions in the business and nonprofit sectors. He was president of International Paper, chairman of the RAND Corp., and CEO of Alcoa.
David Wang, founding chair of the SPEA Dean's Advisory Council, is the former senior operating partner of Atlas Holdings, the former executive vice president and board member of International Paper, and the former director of corporate development and vice president/general manager of the Union Carbide Corporation. Among their many public service causes are the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center, Eisenhower Fellowships, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Naples Philharmonic Center.
I am honored that the graduate center will bear my name, providing a place to carry on the tradition of intellectual curiosity and excellence that I found at IU 50 years ago.— Paul H. O'Neill, MPA'66