McGeorge School of Law

Chester Newland

Senior Professor of Public Administration
Chester A. Newland
Phone: 916.340.6103

University of North Texas, Bachelor's in Government
University of Kansas, PhD in Political Science (Public Law and Administration)


Senior Professor Chester A. (Chet) 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.

Dr. Newland 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. He is a past national president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Dr. Newland has been an honorary member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) since 1980, and he is currently a member of the ICMA Credentialing Advisory Board and a member of the Board of the Cal-ICMA. He was editor in chief of the leading journal in the field: the Public Administration Review (PAR), 1984-1990. He was the initial director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and he served twice as director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI).

In 2007, Dr. Newland 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. In April 2014, USC presented him its Lifetime Distinguished Service Award. In 2009, he served on the Sacramento Charter Review Committee, and he is a former member of the Sacramento History Museum Board.

Besides professional local, state, and national government service in America, Dr. Newland has an extensive record of international service. Fundamental themes of Chet Newland's 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.

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