B.J. Reed, Ph.D.
BJ Reed has been on the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) since 1982. He served as Chair of the Department of Public Administration from 1985 to 2000, and as Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service from 2000-2011. Reed served as Interim Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs in September 2011, and was formally appointed in 2012. He has served as Executive Associate to the Chancellor since 2006.
Reed received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in political science from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, and his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Missouri.
Prior to coming to UNO, Reed worked as Senior Staff Associate and Director of Information Services for the National League of Cities and also as Director of Community Development of Mexico, Missouri. He has also served on the faculty of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
He has published articles in numerous journals including Public Administration Review, The American Review of Public Administration, the International Journal of Public Administration, Public Productivity and Management Review, and Public Budgeting and Finance. He also has authored several books about economic development, strategic planning, financial administration, and intergovernmental management.
Community Engagement & Service
Reed currently serves as the President of the Association of Academic Officers (ACAO) and as Chair of NASPAA’s Social Equity and Data Task Force Committees. Past positions include President of the National Council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), Chair of the Council on Peer Review and Accreditation for the NASPAA, and a member of the National Council of Pi Alpha Alpha, the public administration honor society. He recently served as Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Police-Fire Study Commission.
Reed’s community service includes Chair of the Board of Directors of the Omaha Healthy Community Partnership, and Chair of the Omaha Community Partnership. He is Co-Chair of the Hate Crimes Coordination Council. He serves on, and is the Chair of the Board of Nebraska Humanities Council and Foundation.
Reed is a member of the executive committee of the Omaha Black/Brown Coalition. He previously has served as a member of the Omaha Housing Authority Board, the Greater Omaha Private Industry Council, and the 25th Anniversary Committee of Leadership Omaha. He has served as the Chair of the Omaha City Charter Convention, and Chair of the Curriculum Committee for Leadership Omaha.
Reed works closely with other community-based initiatives including the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha, the Omaha Hate Crimes Project and the Family Economic Success Initiative. He also has facilitated strategic planning processes for the Urban League of Nebraska, the Omaha Home for Boys, and the Chicano Awareness Center.
Honors & Awards
Reed is recipient of:
David Scott Professorship
Elmer B. Staats Career Public Service Award of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
Advancing Public Service Award from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration
Mayor of Omaha’s Partnership Award
Young Alumni and Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University
Chancellor’s Medal from UNO
He was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in November of 2005.
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