Issues in public policy

School of Public Policy and Administration announces spring series


11:57 a.m., Feb. 19, 2016--Robert Coupe, commissioner of the Delaware Department of Corrections, will be the second speaker in a series of talks on contemporary issues in public policy and administration scheduled this spring at the University of Delaware.

He will provide a Delaware perspective on the changing role of corrections in the criminal justice system. The lecture is scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 103 of Gore Hall.

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The series, sponsored by UD's School of Public Policy and Administration, is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. 

All programs are scheduled at 5 p.m. on selected Tuesdays in Room 103 of Gore Hall on the Newark campus.

Featured speakers include:

  • March 1: Alfred Manganiello, program manager and family resource coordinator for Catholic Charities of Wilmington, will discuss management from the three sectors where he has worked: private, government and nonprofit.
  • April 5: Elizabeth Ryan, the founder of the Washington-based Campaign for Youth Justice, will discuss her history in nonprofit work and the work of the Campaign for Youth Justice. The campaign focuses on the issue of juveniles caught up in the adult criminal justice system.
  • April 12: Susan Perry-Manning, director of the Delaware Office of Early Education, will discuss the importance of early education and Delaware’s strategies for ensuring that all children in the state are ready to enter kindergarten.
  • April 19: Scott Beale, the CEO and founder of Atlas Corps and a master of public administration graduate of the School of Public Policy and Administration, will discuss the history of Atlas Corps and its highly acclaimed role in working with aspiring non-governmental organization (NGO) managers from around the world. This talk has been rescheduled from March 15.
  • April 26: Susan Frank, vice president and managing director for business development of the Delaware Community Investment Corporation and former director of the Delaware State Housing Authority, will discuss the history and future of affordable housing.
  • May 3: Leo E. Strine, Jr., chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will discuss “The Difficult Process of Criminal Justice Reform.”
  • May 10: William Chapman, recently retired after 20 years as a Family Court judge in Delaware, will offer thoughts and reflections after a career first in the Attorney General’s Office and then the Family Court.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell was the first speaker in the series. He reflected on his time in office, challenges, successes and some disappointments and also shared his ambitious goals for his final year as governor.

The Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA) will host a reception with Strine, a 1985 UD alumnus, in recognition of Public Service Week following the chief justice’s lecture.

For additional information on this series, contact Ed Freel at

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