About the Romney Institute

History

A professional education in public administration at Brigham Young University began in the mid-sixties with a master of science degree offered through the Department of Political Science. Within ten years, in an effort to better prepare students for careers in the public sector, the degree was changed to a master of public administration and administered by the recently established Institute of Public Management. The Institute emphasized a vital focus on improving management practice in government, communities, and other arenas for public service, and later became part of the newly established BYU School of Management (later named the Marriott School of Management).

In 1998, the Institute was renamed for a man whose name has become synonymous with public service, volunteerism, and the highest standards of personal integrity. As governor of Michigan for three terms, George W. Romney acted on the strength of his principles and his passion for the public good. In his last speech given as governor of Michigan, Romney reconfirmed his values--values shared by the Romney Institute: "My parting prayer for Michigan and for America is that we may each join in a rededication to the common good through a deeper sense of our personal responsibility to obey our Creator, respect the law, and serve our fellow man." Click the image on the right to read more about this remarkable man.

Inside the nourishing environment of BYU and the Marriott School of Management, the Romney Institute aims to strengthen that "rededication to the common good" among students and faculty. Only at BYU can you find the blend of secular and spiritual learning that supports a broad, rich view of civic duty and service to mankind. And the Marriott School's mission, "To attract and develop men and women of faith, character, and professional ability who will become outstanding managers and leaders throughout the world," is precisely aligned with the Romney Institute's objectives.

Graduates from the Romney Institute have proven themselves to be catalysts for good within their families, organizations, churches, and communities--skilled leaders who value integrity, who measure success by an eternal yardstick, and who expend significant energy in the service of others. These are the people who make our world a better place.