Lent Upson was a pioneer in the field of public administration. The municipal research bureaus created in Detroit and several other cities by Upson and other leaders of the field provided the foundation for the study and practice of public administration in the United States. In 2000 the Graduate Program in Public Administration instituted the annual Lent Upson Lecture in his honor.  Each spring a distinguished person from the field of public administration is selected to deliver a lecture at a program that also honors students and alumni of the MPA program at Wayne State University.

Past Lent Upson Lectures

1st

2000

Matthew Holden, Henry L. and Grace M. Dougherty Professor Emeritus of Politics, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia

 

Public Management and Ethnic Diversity

2nd

2001

David Egner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson-Webber Foundation

 

Bullies and Nerds: The Schoolyard Politics of Public/Private Part

3rd

2002

Deil Wright, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Public Administration Revolutions in the American States: Then (1950) and Now (2000)

4th

2003

Mary Falk, Director, Office of Family Policy, Department of Defense, United States Government

 

Department of Defense Crisis Response to Mass Casualties

5th

2004

Carolyn Ban, Dean and Professor of Public and Urban Affairs, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

 

 Are We Losing the Public in Public Service?

6th

2005

Charles F. Sturtz, Special Assistant to the President and Vice President for Administrative Affairs (Retired), University of Maryland, College Park

 

 The Pursuit of Success and Satisfaction in Public Administration: A Matter of Grasping Opportunities

7th

2006

Kenneth Meier, Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University

 

The Role of Management and Representation in Improving Performance of Disadvantaged Students: An Application of Bum Phillips’ Don Shula Rule

8th

2007

Thomas Clay, Director of State Affairs (Retired), Citizens Research Council of Michigan

 

 Reflections on 40 Years of Work in Government Finance

9th

2008

Robert Agranoff, Professor Emeritus, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

 

Working in Public Networks: A New Collaborative Challenge

10th

2009

Earl Ryan, President, Citizens Research Council of Michigan

 

So You Might Want to Do Public Policy Research? Lessons from Following in Lent Upson’s Large Footprints

11th

2010

Christopher Hoene, Director, Center for Research & Innovation, National League of Cities

 

 What is Happening in Cities in Other States? Fiscal Conditions and Governmental Responses in U.S. Cities

12th

2012

Lou Glazer, President and Co-Founder, Michigan Future Inc. 

 

 Michigan Future Inc. 

13th

2013

Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Administration, University of Missouri – St. Louis

 

 The Politics of Regional Transit: Lessons from St. Louis and Beyond

14th

2014

Peter Eisinger, Professor Emeritus, Urban Policy Program, The New School (Keynote)

Heidi Alcock, Stephen Henderson (Panelists)

 

 Five Challenges to Detroit’s Recovery

15th

2015

Hon. Judge Gerald Rosen and Attorney Eugene Driker, Detroit federal bankruptcy mediators

 

 Renewal and Reconciliation in Urban Contexts

(In collaboration with the Wayne State University Dispute Resolution Consortium)

16th

2016

Robert Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum and President of the Governmental Research Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

 Nonpartisanship in the Age of Polarization

17th

2017

Joan Budden, Chief Executive Officer, Priority Health

 

The Affordable Health Care Act: Intent. Reality. Implications.

18th

2018

Dr. Karen Mossberger, Professor in the School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

 

Building Smart and Inclusive Communities: Detroit and Beyond 

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