2005.10.17> For Immediate Release
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National Academy of Public Administration Selects BJ Reed to be Fellow
Omaha - B.J. Reed, the dean of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He will be inducted at the academy's fall meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 17.
An independent, non-partisan, non-profit corporation chartered by the U.S. Congress, the National Academy of Public Administration provides trusted advice to government agencies on issues of governance and public management. Under its Congressional charter, the academy is charged with advancing the effectiveness of government at all levels—federal, state and local.
" B.J. has not only made major contributions through his role as dean of CPACS, and professional field of Public Administration, but in leading UNO's strategic planning process," said Nancy Belck, UNO chancellor. "He makes a difference locally and globally."
Academy fellows are drawn from the ranks of the nation's leading members of Congress, governors and mayors, scholars, cabinet secretaries and agency heads and journalists. Their election as fellows is recognition of careers of significant contribution to the practice and study of government.
"This is a tremendous honor for Dean Reed, for CPACS and for the university," said John Christensen, UNO vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. "B.J. has a wonderful record of teaching, research and community engagement. The academy has made an excellent choice."
In addition to providing insight and experience as they oversee the organization's projects, the fellows are also the academy's primary vehicle for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government. The academy was founded in 1967.
"I'm excited to be elected to the National Academy," Reed said. "The work we have been able to accomplish over the years in CPACS and previously in Public Administration has made this possible for me. My work with the Academy in improving social equity in public service has been very gratifying to me. I'm very honored."
Reed has been on the UNO faculty since 1982 and has served as CPACS dean since 2001. He has published in numerous journals, including Public Administration Review, The American Review of Public Administration, the International Journal of Public Administration and Public Budgeting and Finance. He is also the author of several books on diverse topics including economic development, strategic planning, financial administration and intergovernmental management.
His community service includes Chair of the Board of Our Healthy Community Partnership and The Omaha Community Partnership. He has recently been appointed to the Board of the Nebraska Humanities Council. He also serves on the executive committee of the Brown/Black Coalition. He has previously served as a member of the Omaha Housing Authority Board and as a member of the Greater Omaha Private Industry Council. He has also served as Chair of the Curriculum Committee for Leadership Omaha.
He has also worked to help establish the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands both of which focus on building the capacity of key organizations in the Omaha community. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.
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