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2012.03.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO's Hamilton Recieves National Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service

Omaha - Mary R. Hamilton, Ph.D., Senior Executive in Residence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Public Administration, received the Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) earlier this month, on March 6, at their annual conference.

This award, named for a former Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), honors a public administrator's career accomplishments and contributions to the public service and ASPA over a lifetime. The Award Criteria are threefold:

Career Accomplishments: The nominee may be retired or still in the workforce but must have had at least 20 years of professional public service; made outstanding contributions to an organization or organizations on a sustained basis; and managed, created, or facilitated significant programs and/or projects within her/his areas of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the general public.

Contributions the Public Service: Service and contributions to the public sector and/or not-for-profit sector are important factors in this award. Such activities may include service on boards and commissions, governmental service, and service to professional organizations.

Contributions to ASPA: The nominee must have distinguished herself/himself through three or more of the following:

• Excellence in leadership of ASPA as its national president;
• Outstanding service as a member or former member of the ASPA National Council;
• Major contributions to the success of ASPA's national committees, boards, and/or Steering groups;
• Excellence in the leadership of ASPA sections and/or chapters;
• Sustained effort to enhance the image of the profession through ASPA;
• Other distinguished service to ASPA.

Hamilton was a Senior Executive at the U.S. GAO from 1979 to 1996 and worked for Mr. Staats during the last two years of his term. In 1997 Hamilton went from GAO to ASPA, where she served as executive director until 2004, when she joined the faculty of the School of Public Administration at UNO. In her eight years at UNO, Hamilton taught in the Masters of Public Administration program for two years and then developed The Nebraska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program in 2007. She was director of that program from 2007 to 2011. She is currently teaching in the program and planning development of new projects for the School of Public Administration.

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