Elliot Richardson Lecture

Sunday, March 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Grand Ballroom

Jack Knott

Jack Knott is the dean and C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He has led the school in this role since 2005. He is a leading scholar in the fields of political institutions and public policy and is a past president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the international association of schools of public affairs. He has published three books, including Reforming Bureaucracy: The Politics of Institutional Choice, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. In addition, he earned fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation and the International Institute of Management in Berlin, and he served as a consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Join us for a lecture from Dean Knott and then enjoy a panel discussion he will lead, looking at public administration and democracy. Panelists will focus on the origins of the field of public policy and the importance of public administration in democracy today.

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Global Public Administration Plenary

Sunday, March 10 | 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Grand Ballroom

Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill spent 33 years at the State Department, earning accolades for his service in such diverse countries as Iraq, Poland, The Republic of Korea and Macedonia. An international expert on public administration around the world, he now serves as chief advisor to the chancellor for global engagement at the University of Denver, and will be addressing conference attendees at the 2019 Annual Conference.

Hill is a career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, and President Bush’s assistant secretary to East Asia. He has received many State Department awards including the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations. He is the author of Outpost—Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir.



Donald C. Stone Lecture

Monday, March 11 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Grand Ballroom

Sylvia M. Burwell


Sylvia M. Burwell is American University’s (AU) 15th president and the first woman to serve as president. A leader with experience managing large and complex organizations in the public and private sectors, she brings to AU a commitment to education and research, a record of spurring innovation, and experience helping to advance solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Burwell served as the 22nd secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2014 to 2017, was director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2013 to 2014 and spent 11 years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including roles as chief operating officer and president of the global development program.

Burwell earned her undergraduate degrees from Harvard University and University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

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