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Hatfield School of Government
Created in 2000 to take advantage of the synergy of uniting several interdisciplinary units, today the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University is a vibrant, high energy institution with unparalleled opportunities for students and faculty.

Director's Greeting

Ronald Tammen

We offer a highly-ranked multidisciplinary education that spans political science, public administration, and criminal justice. In addition, the School draws significantly from its five institutes, one center, and other special programs to conduct research and offer classes specializing in a broad array of disciplines including executive leadership, nonprofit management, criminal justice policy, tribal government, US-Turkish affairs, policy consensus building, electronic government, and environmental/natural resource policy studies. With a dedication to public service, the Hatfield School provides its students with substantial flexibility in tailoring their education, be it for those just starting their public sector careers... or those already working who wish to enhance their knowledge or refresh their skills. Each student can design a program to meet their needs—ranging from in-service coursework—to certificates for those with a focused program interest—to 13 formal degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral level. But our dedication goes beyond teaching; our talented students and faculty are actively engaged in public service projects around our state, the nation, and the world. Whether you are a current or potential student, teacher, partner, client, or friend of the Hatfield School, I extend to you a warm welcome and invitation to become acquainted with our innovative programs.

— Ronald L. Tammen, Director



Senator Mark O. Hatfield

After a long and distinguished career, Senator Mark O. Hatfield died on August 7, 2011. The Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School, Ron Tammen, reflecting on the Senator's career said "This is the passing of an era. An era when politics consisted of compromises in the national interest and for the public good. An era when both political parties had a range of political beliefs inside their party. An era when politics stopped at the water's edge. An era when politicians could disagree without being disagreeable. "If we all are to honor Senator Hatfield's career, it would be to reflect on how these old fashioned values, these fundamental tenets of decency and commitment to public service, can once again become the norm in our political system. The Hatfield School will continue to represent the ideals of Senator Hatfield so that future generations do not forget what once was."

A special event memorializing the ideals championed by Senator Hatfield will be held for Hatfield School students and faculty when the Fall term begins. In the meantime, please visit our Remembering Senator Hatfield website, where you can learn more about the Senator as well as share your own stories and remembrances.