Welcome to the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

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Introducing Watts College

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The College of Public Service and Community Solutions is now Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

This name change reflects a generous gift made by Mike and Cindy Watts to the college as an investment in our diverse and mission-driven student body who do not wait to graduate until they make a difference in the communities that they serve.

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A Message from Dean Jonathan Koppell

Mike and Cindy Watts with Jonathan Koppell

Dear friends, colleagues, students and supporters:

Today was a momentous day for our college.

During today’s Community Solutions Festival, ASU President Michael M. Crow joined me in announcing the historic renaming of our college, now known as the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions — capturing the legacy of longtime ASU supporters Cindy and Mike Watts, founders of Sunstate Equipment Co.

Working at the forefront of societal challenges and trends, the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is uniquely positioned to advance Mike and Cindy Watts’ vision of communities transformed through a collaborative, hands-on approach to developing solutions. By creating new pathways for student success, we are creating the next generation of public service leaders who will guide that transformation.

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Why this investment?

  • Impact in the World
    Our college has a track record of projects that go beyond the walls of academia to address real needs in community and develop solutions to pressing problems. We have tangible outcomes that have had impact on a national scale.

  • Student Success
    We are passionate about creating pathways to help students succeed--students who are working hard to better their circumstances, overcoming every type of obstacle. We know these students will go out and take on difficult challenges empowered by what they learned at ASU.

  • Commitment to the Community
    Our college has a demonstrated commitment to the community--including strategic partnerships, service and research in the Maryvale, Phoenix neighborhood where the Watts grew up. Maryvale began experiencing urban decline in the 1980s and '90s. The Watts join others in using resources and community empowerment to revitalize the area.

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