Jonathan “J.D.” Del Collo is a native of Berks County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from American University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, he returned to Berks County and began his career in public service as executive assistant to City of Reading Mayor Paul Angstadt. He transitioned to Berks County government, serving more than 415,000 residents in a variety of capacities. Del Collo worked in the Recorder of Deeds Office for seven years before being appointed by then-county prothonotary Marianne Sutton as chief deputy in April 2006. On Oct. 4, 2016, upon the retirement of Sutton, Del Collo was sworn in as acting prothonotary. One year later, he was elected prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County by an overwhelming majority of the electorate. His hobbies include heraldry, genealogy, reading, baseball, listening to music, World War II history and current affairs. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Reading.
My more than 20 year career of public service will be a tremendous asset to ASPA as it works to strengthen its practitioner membership and increase its presence at the local government leve. I will contribute unique experiences from my career, both as an elected official and years-long civil servant, to help ASPA achieve its mission, attract new members, strengthen its Chapters and Sections (especially those Sections with a considerable practitioner membership) and identify ways to expand the public’s recognition of and appreciation for the value of public service during a time when it is needed most.
Professor Myung Jin is an associate professor and chair of public administration program at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been serving as PAA faculty advisor for the last eight years and has been an integral part of a very successful and active Central Virginia Chapter of ASPA since its founding. Professor Jin serves currently as an associate editor at the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs
and as a symposium editor for a special issue, “Public Administration Education in Asia,” which is being publicized currently at the Journal of Public Affairs Education
. Jin is also very active in his research, publishing more than 17 articles since 2011, and has been awarded more than $330,000 in research funding as either Pi or Co-Pi since 2012. His publications focus on the development of public human resources and have appeared in such journals as Public Performance Management Review
, International Review of Administrative Sciences
,Review of Public Personnel Administration
and American Review of Public Administration
, among others. Before joining the Wilder School, Jin worked extensively as a systems project consultant for a number of state government agencies in Florida, including the Department of Financial Services, Department of Health and Department of Children and Families.
I am honored to be nominated for District 2 Representative. Since attending my first ASPA conference a decade ago in Dallas, I’ve always appreciated the values and purposes that the association stood for, two of which are to encourage the exchange of knowledge and results of experience among persons interested or engaged in the field of public administration, and to advance the science, processes, and art of public administration. I want to share with ASPA why I am running for District 2 Representative and why I am asking for your support.
The purpose is twofold. The first is to help promote and build ASPA Chapters. I have seen firsthand how a local ASPA chapter can build strong connections among academics, practitioners and students. Since our ASPA Central Virginia Chapter was re-established only a few years ago, it has become a regular platform that attracts and stimulates the common (and sometimes not-so-common) public interests of both scholars and practitioners for the advancement of public administration and good governance. If elected District 2 Representative, I will continue to advocate and promote the role of Chapters, as well as Sections, and make sure that many important connections and intellectual dialogues that occur at ASPA conferences continue in the communities where ASPA members work and reside.
The second is to give back. Since 2007, I have proudly called ASPA my main academic home and I have benefited tremendously from being part of the Society. I will actively support ASPA National Council’s working strategic plan and ensure that ASPA continues to be a place where both scholars and practitioners can come together and share and promote for the greater public interest globally.
Glenn McGuigan's goal as the director of the Penn State Harrisburg Library is to work to build strong connections between the library and its constituents through fostering information literacy. He believes in the need for reinvention and enhancement of library services, spaces and collections. While he serves professionally as an academic library director, he values the importance of libraries and information literacy for all citizens. McGuigan joined the Penn State University Libraries faculty in August 1998 as a reference librarian at Penn State Abington. Since September 2000, he has served at Penn State Harrisburg as the business and public administration reference librarian. He was tenured and promoted to rank of associate librarian in 2005 and promoted to the rank of full Librarian in 2012. In fall 2015, McGuigan was appointed to serve as library director and head librarian. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration degree from Penn State Harrisburg, he enrolled in the PhD program in public administration at Penn State Harrisburg in January 2010. He is finishing his dissertation currently with the goal to defend this fall. He has integrated his research in public administration with library science scholarship, merging his research agenda with his professional work. As an academic librarian and a researcher in public administration, his research focuses on public administration subject areas that intersect with library science and information subjects. The topics of his recent publications, and of his dissertation, reflect his interest in this intersection of subjects. His dissertation is titled, “Knowledge Dissemination in Public Administration: Measuring Academic Scholarship with Social Network Analyses of Scholarly Journal Citations in Public Administration and Related Fields.”
I respectfully seek your vote for District Representative for Region II on the ASPA National Council. While my career has been focused on academics and administration at Penn State, I believe my passion for public administration will allow me to represent all members of ASPA with dedication, passion and honesty. I see the theory and practice of public administration as being misunderstood by many who don’t understand the commitment to public service our members embrace. I believe in promoting how effective and efficient pubic administration is as a force of good in our society.
I actively participate in professional associations on both the national and regional levels. As a reflection of my scholarly work, I have presented twice at the previous two ASPA Annual Conferences. I have experience in professional organizations to advance respective fields. For example, I recently served on two national committees within the Business Reference and Services Section of the American Library Association, from 2011 to 2015. Previously, I have been a national leader in the Special Libraries Association (SLA), serving as the Section Chair of the College and University Business Libraries section, a unit of the Business and Finance Division of SLA, from 2005-2006. I was an Executive Board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of SLA from 2008-2010 and served as President of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of SLA in 2004. My involvement in professional organizations on both the national and regional gives me the ability to enhance the professionalism of our members.
My goal as District Representative is to work to strengthen the organization through focusing on professional development, enhancing external relations, bringing together practitioners and academics and encouraging organizational development.