Fels Institute of Government

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Fels Institute of Government
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Fels Institute of Government
Fels Institute of Government is located in Philadelphia
Fels Institute of Government
Location within Philadelphia
General information
Status Previously the home of Samuel S. Fels
Location 3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Coordinates 39°57′13″N 75°12′00″W / 39.9535°N 75.2000°W / 39.9535; -75.2000Coordinates: 39°57′13″N 75°12′00″W / 39.9535°N 75.2000°W / 39.9535; -75.2000

The Fels Institute of Government is the University of Pennsylvania's graduate program in public policy and public management. Its practical approach to public management education, its Ivy League pedigree and its relatively small size make it one of the nation's leading boutique programs in public affairs. The Institute was founded in 1937 by Samuel Simeon Fels of the Fels Naptha Soap Company in response to a wave of corruption and mismanagement in Pennsylvania government.[citation needed] Originally established for the purpose of training local government officials, over time Fels broadened its mission; it now prepares its students for public leadership positions in city, state, and Federal agencies, elective politics, nonprofit organizations, and private firms with close connections to the public sector. Its 2,000 living alumni work in leadership roles across the US and around the world.[citation needed] As of August, 2015 the Executive Director of the Fels Institute is Dr. Nelson Lim.

The Fels Institute is housed in Samuel Fels' former residence, a brick mansion located on the west end of the University of Pennsylvania's campus.

Academics[edit]

Fels offers a Master of Public Administration degree in both a full-time and executive (part-time) formats. Fels also offers four-course certificates in Nonprofit Administration and Public Finance.

Faculty[edit]

Faculty members include: