September 28, 2016
McGeorge Senior Professor of Public Administration Chester "Chet" Newland was selected to receive the Local Government Excellence Academic Award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Professor Newland was honored for the award during ICMA's 102nd Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo. on Sept. 28, 2016.
Professor Newland's ICMA Academic Award was established in memory of Stephen B. Sweeney, who was the longtime director of the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. The award is presented to an academic leader or academic institution that has made a significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government.
"Congratulations to Chet on this recognition by ICMA of his decades of service to preparing and supporting professional public managers," said Distinguished Professor John Kirlin. Professor Kirlin is the Director of the McGeorge Program in Public Policy.
Professor Newland joined the McGeorge Law School's Program in Public Policy faculty in September 2015, following many years as Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Southern California. He has served as the ASPA President, edited its major journal (Public Administration Review), and each year two awards at the national conference bear his name. The Chester Newland award goes to the commentary by a practitioner published in the Public Administration Review that year. Second, the ASPA president gives a variety of awards of special recognition to individuals, sections, committees and chapters for exemplary work during the year. In 2011, those awards were renamed the "Chester Newland Presidential Citations of Merit."