April 8, 2016
McGeorge Senior Professor of Public Administration Chester “Chet” Newland was honored in March 2016 by receiving the inaugural "Visionary Award" at the 2016 national conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), held in Seattle, Washington. The award is sponsored by the LGBT Advocacy Alliance Section of the organization. Professor Newland was honored for his attention to four communities in particular: race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
“Please join me in congratulating Chet on this recognition of his impactful career,” said McGeorge Dean Francis J. Mootz III.
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.”
Chester A. (Chet) Newland
The Visionary Award recognizes the unique characteristics of an individual to envision a future that would be diverse, inclusive and equitable. True visionaries are not part of the herd, and their solutions are not always popular. They stand out with their strong beliefs and hold steadfast to their guiding principles, even in the face of adversity. They are ahead of their time.
Chet has been devoted to the concept of diversity and equality most of his life. He learned at an early age that the poor and disenfranchised were treated differently. According to H. George Frederickson, Chet was an early supporter of civil rights and a search for human dignity, fairness and justice. In Chet’s own words: “In civic and political roles and in teaching and administrative responsibilities, I have sought throughout my life to advance responsible values and practices in search of human dignity and reasonableness.” Chet extended his path to supporting the LGBT ASPA members in the mid 1990s, when it was not so fashionable to do so. His lifelong journey to seeking fairness and quality for all makes him a true visionary!