Lent Upson Lecture

The Lent Upson Lecture is held annually to honor the contribution of Lent D. Upson to public administration in the United States. Dr. Upson founded the Graduate Program in Public Administration at Wayne State University in 1935 and served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Social Work until his death in 1949. He also served as the first Director of the Detroit Bureau of Municipal Research, the organization now known as the Citizens Research Council (CRC) of Michigan. He served in this role from 1916 to 1944.

Lent Upson was a pioneer in the field of public administration. The municipal research bureaus Upson and the other leaders of the field created in Detroit and several other cities 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.

Previous Lent Upson Lecturers

 

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 Partnerships

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

 

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