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Regents' Professor Elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration

Posted: October 2017

M. Rivera

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has elected Regents’ Professor Mario A. Rivera as a Fellow of the Academy. NAPA is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization established by Congress to assist all levels of government in building more effective, accountable, and transparent organizations. Its Fellows are leaders in the profession—former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, prominent scholars, business executives, and public managers. With expertise in a wide range of administrative functions, they carry out critical public policy and administration studies.

Directed primarily by Congress or by executive branch agencies seeking guidance with complex management problems, the Academy provides a full range of advisory services to federal departments, with a particular focus on organizational assessments, policy and program evaluation, performance measurement, strategy development, implementation support, technical assistance, and stakeholder outreach and collaboration. Dr. Rivera is the first University of New Mexico faculty member since former UNM President and School of Public Administration founder Dr. Ferrel Heady to be elected to NAPA. Dr. Heady was instrumental in NAPA’s creation and in its launch as a separate organization in 1967-70 by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), while he served as ASPA President.

NAPA is one of two organizations (the other the National Academy of Sciences) chartered by Congress to serve the public interest and the advancement of knowledge. Its principal criterion for election as Fellow is a sustained and outstanding contribution to the field of public administration through public service and scholarship. Recent Fellows have included President Barack Obama, Donna Shalala (former Secretary of Health and Human Services), Colin Powell (former Secretary of State), and scholars James Perry and Robert Agranoff. Appointments continue while Fellows remain active.

"The election is an honor for Professor Rivera and a positive reflection on the University," stated Interim Provost Craig White.

Read more about Dr. Rivera's election by visiting UNM's Newsroom