Newsmaker: James Hundt '07
Hundt '07 named presidential fellow
James Hundt, the first Kellogg School graduate to earn
a Presidential Management Fellowship, the honor was another
step forward in a distinguished career of national service.
Unites States Office of Personnel Management awards the Presidential
Management Fellowship to encourage leaders to work for the
U.S. government. Fellows work closely with one agency, then
rotate to a related agency, bringing with them new knowledge
and perspectives. "The idea is to spread you out so you
really get a broader view of what's going on," said Hundt,
a graduate of the Kellogg
Part-Time MBA Program.
'07 enlisted in the military on his 17th birthday and was
accepted at the U.S. Military Academy at 19. "It's just
something I always wanted to do," said Hundt, who soon
led a platoon of 32 soldiers but later left the Army on a
medical discharge after being injured at combat demolition
school. Since then, he has worked in counter-terrorism at
the Department of Homeland Security.
was initially nervous about attending business school, where
he expected "everyone to be an investment banker."
His apprehensions vanished after his first accounting class,
which he says left him thinking, "This stuff is awesome."
Hundt graduated with a triple major in finance, international
business and management operations.
he'll put that knowledge to work in the Executive Office of
the President at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget,
where he will oversee the allocation of $60 billion in infrastructure
of Social Enterprise Donald
Haider, who helped choose the Kellogg School's nominees
for the fellowship, called Hundt "a remarkable young
man in the finest tradition of being a true civil servant."