Buss Elected Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration

Nov 16, 2012


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Carnegie Mellon University—Australia is proud to announce the election of Terry F. Buss, PhD, Executive Director and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, to the Fellowship of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in the United States. Fellowship in the Academy is one of the highest national honours for public servants, researchers and lecturers, awarded in recognition of a lifelong contribution to the public service.

NAPA, founded in 1965, is a non-partisan organization chartered by the US Congress to improve the practice of public management by recognizing excellence in the public service and by conducting management studies and technical assistance for all levels of govenment.

Congress limits the number of Fellows by law to only 700. Notable Fellows include Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, Paul Volker, former chair of the US Federal Reserve Board, and Sandra Day O’Connor, retired US Supreme Court Justice. Fellows are elected only by their peers.

Terry Buss was elected for his contributions to teaching, research, and practice. Buss is one of the most published policy researchers in the US, having authored 10 books and 350 other publications. His research redefined the way the US government addressed homelessness, major plant closing, and off shoring American jobs. As a practitioner, Buss made major contributions to public policy and management at the US Congress, numerous local, state and federal agencies, and the World Bank.

Buss is the recipient of numerous awards including an unprecedented two Fulbright Scholarships in Hungary and The Most Honoured Professor of the Russian Federation (an honorary doctorate).Buss earned a BA, MA and PhD from Ohio State University.

Buss earned his doctorate in political science and mathematics at Ohio State University. Over the past 30 years, Buss has built his career in both academe and government. Before coming to CMU, he directed the program in International, Security and Defense Studies at the National Academy of Public Administration for five years.

From 2000 to 2003, Buss served as dean of the School of Policy and Management at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. In 2000, Buss worked as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC.

From 1997 to 2000, Buss chaired the Department of Public Management in the Sawyer School of Business at Suffolk University in Boston. While on leave from Suffolk, Buss spent one year at the World Bank as a full-time senior strategy advisor to World Bank Institute and as the secretariat for the World Bank’s Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN).

From 1987 to 1997, Buss was director of the Ph.D. program at and chair of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the University of Akron in Ohio and also Director of Research at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center/Northeast Ohio College of Medicine. During this period, Buss, while on leave from Akron, directed the U.S. Information Agency technical assistance program in Hungary for three years immediately following the fall of communism in Eastern Europe; he replicated this program in Russia from 1993 to 1996.

Buss received the Most Honored Professor of the Russian Federation for his work in Russia. In addition, he worked on leave with the Council of Governors Policy Advisors, an affiliate of the National Governors Association as a senior advisor. He did so as an unprecedented two-time Fulbright Scholar winner in Hungary, working with the Minister of the Interior. He also received two fellowships with the Congressional Research Service, where he authored policy studies mandated by Congress. From 1977 to 1987, Buss founded and directed the Public Service Institute—having five centers—at Youngstown State University and was professor of political science. Buss has published 12 books and nearly 350 professional articles on a variety of policy issues. Buss has won numerous awards for research and public service.

Over the years, Buss has worked overseas on major projects in England, Wales, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Ghana, Haiti, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia. He also directed projects in Iraq, South Africa, Albania, Georgia and Botswana from the United States. He has conducted executive education programs in Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Australia and the United States.

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