UT’s LBJ School Apologizes for ‘Inexcusable’ Typo
First, I think Evan Smith, CEO & editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, deserves credit for being the first person to flag this broadly on the Interweb (though when he did, on Sunday afternoon, he wasn’t sure it was legitimate).
Second, I’m typing VERY carefully as I write this. And I intend to run spell-check — twice — before I hit publish.
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs had its commencement on Saturday.
Now, if you were in charge of that commencement, what’s the most embarrassing typo that you could possibly have on the cover of the printed program? (Hint: What’s the worst possible way that you could misspell “public”?)
Naturally, that’s what happened:
Jim Romenesko reports that the folks at the LBJ School are mortified. He quotes an assistant dean for communications as saying, “It’s beyond embarrassing.”
New copies of the program are being printed, with “Public” — and, it is hoped, all other words — spelled correctly.
The dean of the school wrote a letter to the 2012 graduates (quoted in full by Romenesko) in which he conveyed “our deepest apologies” for the “inexcusable” mistake.
The school also sent out a tweet apologizing for “the egregious typo in our commencement program.”
Actually, the school did that twice, Romenesko says.
In the first tweet (since deleted), “egregious” was spelled wrong.
Now if the school had been named for JFK……..