From the Director - Fall 2015

While still an infant, the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) continues to grow and become stronger. The 2014-2015 year was an eventful one. Perhaps the signal event is filling the third and final CORD faculty position with one of the leading public management researchers in the world, Stuart Bretschneider. Stu joins ASU from Syracuse University where he was Maxwell Professor and associate dean. Stu will also be a great boon to the School of Public Affairs teaching mission, having recently been recognized as the initial recipient of the NASPAA William Duncombe award for graduate teaching and mentoring. We could not be more pleased to have Stu join us and I am sure he will have a broad portfolio as the anchor to our senior leadership at CORD.

According to our bylaws, our gain of Stu as a faculty member means that we lose him as chair of the CORD board of directors. We thank him for his services. We are also extremely pleased to have as his successor Leisha DeHart-Davis. A professor at the University of North Carolina, Leisha is one of the best and most energetic public administration scholars. She has already taken up her leadership role and will be extremely helpful in helping CORD through its next steps.

As previously announced, the leadership roster of CORD has been further expanded and strengthened with the addition of several of the most prominent scholars in U.S. public policy and public affairs as board members including Carolyn Heinrich (Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas, soon to be at Vanderbilt University), Kaye Husbands Fealing (director of the School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech), Don Moynihan (professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at University of Wisconsin and president of the Public Management Research Association), Dan Smith (New York University and a member of the prestigious Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council), and Matthew Potoski (professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and co-editor of Journal of Policy Analysis and Management). Yes, one notes that the CORD board follows Hubble’s Law of a constantly expanding universe. However, one order of business for the next board meeting, in Miami at the APPAM conference, or perhaps before, will be to adopt rules about terms and board rotation.

CORD projects have by and large been quite successful. Professor Derrick Anderson did a remarkable job directing the Institutional Design Futures-Higher Education conference, bringing together top scholars in higher education with researchers focusing on organization and institutional design and, more difficult, bringing together high officials from traditional universities with presidents and officers from for-profit universities. The results were interesting and have received a good deal of media attention.

Professor Justin Stritch has done an excellent job with the NASP-Citizen project and, good news, the data are compiled, cleaned and we are finishing last clean up and protocol work. Shortly, the data will be available on a restricted basis to all CORD affiliates and fellows.

Marla Parker has with great success managed the St. Mary’s Food Bank Project nearly to its conclusion. The project has involved many at CORD and will prove useful to St. Mary’s and, ultimately, to thousands of Arizona citizens.

On the horizon: CORD will sponsor the next meeting of the International Public Values Workshop, to be held in January in Phoenix. We have already announced the Workshop and a call for papers but please see the accompanying announcement in this newsletter. We want participation for more CORDites (but also from others).

Please continue to thrive, as we do.

Best wishes,