UD's Maria Aristigueta was installed this week as president of the American Society for Public Administration.

New ASPA president

UD's Aristigueta begins leadership of American Society for Public Administration


9:36 a.m., March 11, 2015--Maria Aristigueta, the Charles P. Messick Professor of Public Administration in the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration, was installed this week as president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago.

Aristigueta, who has served as director of the School of Public Policy and Administration for six years, recently took a leave from that position, but continues as associate director, while she leads the ASPA. She is the first Delawarean elected to the national position. 

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The theme for her presidency is ASPA’s role in strengthening democracy and public service values. She plans a variety of initiatives to strengthen the ASPA connection with nongovernmental entities, improve the image of the public sector, promote greater recognition and support for the value of public service, grow the society’s membership — particularly among young practitioners, scholars and contractors — and enhance ASPA’s memorandums of understanding throughout the world. 

Founded in 1939, the ASPA is the largest and most prominent interdisciplinary professional association in public administration. Its diverse membership is made up of 8,000 faculty members, practitioners and students.

The society’s four core values are accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity. 

ASPA also publishes Public Administration Review (PAR), the field’s premier journal, and offers a variety of programs and activities for students, young professionals and experienced public servants.

The organization celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014 and PAR will celebrate its 75th this year. More information can be found at this website.

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