National Academy of Public Administration (United States)

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The National Academy of Public Administration was founded by James E. Webb, then-administrator of NASA, and other leading public administration practitioners in 1967 and chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code in 1984 under Public Law 98‑257. The Academy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on analyzing emerging trends in governance and public administration. It is one of the two organizations (the other being the National Academy of Sciences) chartered by Congress in this manner. Though the Academy's funding comes primarily from studies that are Congressionally requested or mandated, it is not considered a government agency.


The Academy's studies are directed by a group of close to 800 peer-elected fellows.[1]. Election to the National Academy is one of the highest honors for those engaged in the study or practice of public administration. The fellows are responsible for establishing the organization's policies and priorities and serving as advisers on panels, convened for each study, which issue the studies findings and recommendations.

Webb's impetus in forming the Academy was to create an organization that would provide independent, nonpartisan and neutral advice to government leaders and agencies. The Academy provides advice to a variety of organizations including:


Through its studies, the Academy has focused attention on a range of government issues, including:

Most studies are carried out under the direction of Project Panels which consist primarily of elected Academy Fellows. Recent studies include:


The Academy's 752 Fellows (as of Sept. 2013) are current and former public managers and scholars, business executives and labor leaders, Cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, and diplomats who provide insight and experience as they oversee Academy projects and provide general guidance. Fellows are also the Academy's primary vehicle for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government. Fellows elect new members of the Academy each year. The principal criterion for selection is a sustained and outstanding contribution to the field of public administration through public service or scholarship.

Some notable Fellows include:

Board Chairs[edit]

  • John D. Millett (1970-1973)
  • James A. Norton (1973-1974)
  • Frederic N. Cleaveland (1974-1978)
  • Alan L. Dean (1978-1981)
  • Phillip S. Hughes (1981-1985)
  • Elmer B. Staats (1985)
  • Mark E. Keane (1985-1987)
  • Joseph L. Fisher (1987-1991)
  • Astrid E. Merget (1991-1993)
  • Alfred M. Zuck (1993-1995)
  • Peter L. Szanton (1995- 1997)
  • Jonathan Howes (1997-1999)
  • David S. C. Chu (1999-2001)
  • Jane Pisano (2001-2001)
  • Mortimer L. Downey (2001-2002)
  • Carl Stenberg (2002-2004)
  • Valerie Lemmie (2004-2007)
  • J. Christopher Mihm (2007-2010)
  • Kenneth S. Apfel (2010-2011)
  • Diane M. Disney (2011–present)

Executive Directors and Presidents[edit]

  • George A. Graham (1967-1972)
  • Roy W. Crawley (1972-1976)
  • George H. Esser (1976-1982)
  • J. Jackson Walter (1982-1985)
  • Ray Kline (1985-1992)
  • R. Scott Fosler (1992-2000)
  • Robert J. O'Neill, Jr. (2000-2002)
  • Phillip M. Burgess (2002-2003)
  • Howard M. Messner (2003-2003)
  • C. Morgan Kinghorn (2003-2006)
  • Howard M. Messner (2006-2007)
  • Jennifer L. Dorn (2007-2010)
  • Kristine M. Marcy (2011-2011)
  • Dan Gregory Blair (2011–present)

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