Fels Center Director: Donald Kettl
Dr. Donald Kettl, Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences, and professor of political science, has been named director of the Fels Institute of Government beginning July 1, SAS Dean Rebecca Bushnell announced.
He succeeds Dr. Lawrence W. Sherman, Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations, who will step down as director to chair Penn’s new criminology department. Dr. Sherman will continue to teach at Fels and direct the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology as well as the Pennsylvania Leadership Academy at Fels. Under Dr. Sherman’s leadership, Fels increased enrollment, applications and student financial aid, and annual grants and contracts increased to $600,000 annually.
During the past year Dr. Kettl (Almanac January 25, 2005) has directed a Century Foundation project on homeland security and coordinated the Pew Trusts’ National Government Performance Project.
Dr. Sherman said, “I am delighted that we have been able to recruit as our next director the most distinguished scholar in the nation on the issues of concern to Fels. Don Kettl is unequalled in his knowledge of the administrative and leadership issues of federalism, state and local government and domestic policy. His ability to combine that knowledge with warmth, enthusiasm and commitment to his students and colleagues makes him an ideal leader for the Fels Institute at Penn.”
“I am grateful to Larry Sherman for his exceptionally effective leadership of Fels in the past six years,” said Dean Bushnell, “and I am happy now to welcome Don Kettl as the new director. I have full confidence in Don’s ability to lead Fels in new and exciting directions in the future.”
Dr. Kettl came to Penn in 2004 after 15 years at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he directed the Robert La Follette Institute of Public Affairs for four years. During the past year he has directed a Century Foundation project on homeland security and coordinated the Pew Trusts’ National Government Performance Project.
Dr. Kettl is the recipient of the 2005 Donald C. Stone Award of the American Society for Public Administration for “significant contributions to the field of inter-governmental management over a substantial period of time.” His book, The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for the 21st Century, won the National Academy of Public Administration’s Louis Brownlow Award for the best book published in public administration in 2003. His other awards include the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award and the Marshall E. Dimock Award of the American Society for Public Administration and his election to a fellowship in the National Academy of Public Administration.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 33, May 24, 2005
May 24, 2005
Volume 51 Number 33