September 18, 2015
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific has appointed well-known leader in public law and administration Chester A. (Chet) Newland as Senior Professor of Public Administration. Dr. Newland began his new role on Sept. 1, 2015, joining Founding Director John J. Kirlin in the newly formed Program in Public Policy at McGeorge.
"Chet has brought his considerable talents and dedication to McGeorge to ensure that we have superb programs that will advance the careers of our students, but also the public interest," said McGeorge School of Law Dean Francis J. Mootz III.
Prior to McGeorge, Dr. Newland served as Duggan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Southern California. He has been an active Fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) since 1975 and, in 2014, he was the recipient of the highest honor for Academy service. Dr. Newland is a past national president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and he was Editor in Chief of the Public Administration Review, the leading professional journal in the field, from 1984 to 1990. In 2007, he received the topmost national recognition in public administration, the Dwight Waldo Award, for lifetime practice, teaching, and scholarship. In 2011, he received the Los Angeles ASPA Earl Warren Award for Public Service.
Concerning his faculty service with the University of the Pacific, Dr. Newland emphasizes: "Fundamental themes of my work in public administration have been the disciplined values and practices of constitutional democracy, defined as searches for human dignity and reasonableness under a rule of law. I have been blessed to serve chiefly as a teacher in all of my practitioner and academic responsibilities, always seeking to advance these values and disciplines. McGeorge School of Law epitomizes these fundamentals to assure distinction in its public policy and administration degree programs."
McGeorge is developing two new professional degrees that will offer opportunities for students to engage in high-level public work as part of their coursework. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program will launch in fall 2016 as a full-time day program, and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program will launch also in 2016 as a part-time evening program to serve working professionals. The law school also offers interdisciplinary Juris Doctor (J.D.)., Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree programs, adding synergy with dual degrees and cross-listed courses in the MPA and MPP programs.
"The new Public Administration and Public Policy degrees will emphasize deep engagement of students with consequential public policy issues, consistent with the commitment to experiential learning that is the hallmark of the University and the law school," said Dr. Kirlin.
The McGeorge School of Law Program in Public Policy builds on the strengths of generations of McGeorge alumni and the activities of faculty. In recent years, McGeorge's Capital Center for Law & Policy and the Eberhardt School of Business's Center for Business and Policy Research have been important vehicles for engaging public policy issues. The Center for Business and Policy Research, which has informed public policy through its economic forecasts and other studies since 2004, opened an office on the Sacramento Campus earlier this year. The McGeorge Legislative and Public Policy Clinic is one way that students gain practical experience in researching, drafting, and pursuing adoption of California state legislative and regulatory changes. The Centers will provide opportunities for students to participate in rich multidisciplinary research and collaboration.
The McGeorge Program in Public Policy will hold a forum on Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. on the topic, "Extraordinary Public Policy Processes," where leaders and scholars will analyze California's experience with "extraordinary" public policy processes, such as the Federal Court Receiver for California Correctional Health Care Services and Delta Vision.
"The opportunities for our students to analyze and recommend solutions to public policy issues are already growing with the new policy and administration degrees," said Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Director of the McGeorge Capital Center.
Dr. Newland brings 55 years of public administration experience to the position. He holds a bachelor's degree in Government from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Political Science (Public Law and Administration) from the University of Kansas. Dr. Newland was a Social Science Research Council Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, 1958-1959, and his early publications contributed to major changes at the Court. He served on the University of North Texas faculty before he joined the University of Southern California in 1966.
At USC, Dr. Newland's public administration research, practice, and teaching focused on public executives, federal and local government management, the American presidency, public law, business and government, human resources, and labor management relations. He was the initial director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and he served twice as director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). Besides professional local, state, and national government service in America, Dr. Newland has an extensive record of international service He has been an active Honorary Member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) since 1980, reflecting his sustained focus since the mid-1950s on professional local government service. Dr. Newland is currently a member of the ICMA Credentialing Advisory Board (CAB) and a member of California's board of the Cal-ICMA.