Dean Barr elected as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow

October 12, 2021

Michael S. Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will join the National Academy of Public Administration's 2021 Class of Academy Fellows—a group of 39 leaders in the field of public administration dedicated to improving the performance of our public institutions. As an Academy Fellow, Dean Barr will be involved in some of the most important and complex public governance issues of the nation.

“I am very pleased to welcome the Academy’s 2021 class of Fellows,” said Terry Gerton, President and CEO of the Academy. “Our distinguished Fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise in the field of public administration and this year’s incoming class is no exception. As government at every level continues to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to addressing public concerns regarding equity, the environment, the nation’s fiscal health and others, we welcome our new Fellows’ perspective as we work collaboratively to find intergovernmental solutions to the Grand Challenges in Public Administration.”

Selection of the Academy’s new Fellows follows a rigorous review of the individual’s contributions to the field of public administration and policy. A Fellows Nominating Committee, selected by the Academy’s Board Chair, makes its recommendations to the full Fellowship, which then votes on those individuals nominated to be a Fellow. The Committee was co-chaired by Academy Fellows Katherine Siggerud, Former Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Government Accountability Office and Kendra Stewart, Professor and Director Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston.

The 2021 class joins more than 940 Academy Fellows – including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders, and public administrators. They will be inducted during the annual Academy Fall Meeting in early November.

Read the National Academy of Public Administration press release.

About the National Academy of Public Administration

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