Dean Kelley elected as Fellow of National Academy of Public Administration

 October 21, 2021

Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy Judith Kelley has been elected as Fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration.

“I am very pleased to welcome the Academy’s 2021 class of Fellows,” said Terry Gerton, President and CEO of the Academy.

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“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.”

Fellows are selected based on a rigorous review of their contributions to the field of public administration and policy, and voted upon by the full Fellowship.

“I am excited to join the important mission of the Academy to advice government around management challenges and pressing policy issues facing our nation and our world. This is a wonderful opportunity to lift up the work of my colleagues at Sanford and engage directly with the problems we research,” said Kelley.

As dean and ITT/Terry Sanford Distinguished professor, Kelley joins more than 940 Academy Fellows, including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, state and local legislators as well a prominent scholars, executives, nonprofit leaders and top public managers.

She is an expert on international relations and researches how international actors can promote democratic and human rights reforms.

One of 39 leaders in the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows, Kelley will be inducted at the annual Academy Fall Meeting on “addressing Grand Challenges through the Intergovernmental System.” The five-day meeting will take place during November 3-9, both virtually and in-person at five regional sites. 

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