Ode to Luther Gulick, a Founder of the Field of Public Administration and a Father of the IPA-Dec. 4

A century ago in New York City, Luther Gulick, a founder of the field of public administration, helped launch and directed the Training School of Public Service within the Bureau of Municipal Research. The school later evolved into the Institute of Public Administration, or the IPA. The first center of professional education for public service, the IPA pioneered a rigorous approach to the work of government.

On Friday, December 4, starting at 9 a.m., a three-part symposium will be held at NYU Wagner-The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y.—honoring and highlighting the efforts of Luther Gulick, the work of the IPA, and their contributions to the field of public administration.

The event schedule follows:

  • 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Public Administration: the First Hundred Years-The IPA Archive as a Resource for Contemporary Researchers. With Daniel Williams, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College and IPA Archivist.Hosted by NYU Wagner Professor Dall Forsythe, former IPA Board Chair.
  • 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. The Old “New Public Administration.” One of the founders of the “New Public Administration” will reflect on the debt of the field to a founder of the Old Public Administration. With H. George Frederickson, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, University of Kansas. Hosted by NYU Wagner Professor Paul Light.
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ode To Luther Gulick: Span of Control And Organizational Performance. ASPA’s John Gaus, award-winning scholar of public management, explores the missed opportunities of important empirical research lost in the debate over “principles of organization” associated with Luther Gulick. With Kenneth J. Meier, Charles H. Gregory Chair of Liberal Arts and Director of the Project for Equity, Representation & Governance, Dept. of Political Science, Texas A&M University. Hosted by NYU Wagner Professor Dan Smith.

RSVP for any of the events, which are free and open to the public, is required. To register online, visit the Wagner school website.

About NYU Wagner
Established in 1938, the top-ranked Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University offers advanced programs leading to the professional degrees of: MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy; MPA in Health Policy & Management; Master of Urban Planning; Executive MPA; and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration.

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