The Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service has been established to honor a public administrator's career accomplishments and contributions to the public service and ASPA over a lifetime. The Award Criteria are threefold:
Career Accomplishments: The nominee may be retired or still in the workforce but must have had at least 20 years of professional public service; made outstanding contributions to an
organization or organizations on a sustained basis; and managed, created, or facilitated significant programs and/or projects within her/his areas of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the general public.
Contributions the Public Service: Service and contributions to the public sector and/or not-for-profit sector are important factors in this award. Such activities may include service on boards and commissions, governmental service, and service to professional organizations.
Contributions to ASPA: The nominee must have distinguished herself/himself through three or more of the following:
The initial honoree through this Lifetime Achievement Award was Elmer B. Staats. Honorees include Dwight Ink, David O. (Doc) Cooke, and Harlan Cleveland.
- Excellence in leadership of ASPA as its national president;
- Outstanding service as a member or former member of the ASPA National Council;
- Major contributions to the success of ASPA's national committees, boards, and/or Steering groups;
- Excellence in the leadership of ASPA sections and/or chapters;
- Sustained effort to enhance the image of the profession through ASPA;
- Other distinguished service to ASPA.
(Note: each year, the National Capital Area Chapter presents its Hon. Elmer B. Staats Award for Accountability in Government to individuals or organizations in any sector of government or academia excelling in studies or analyses of the effectiveness of governmental programs.)
To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the nomination form and provide the requested information. Please note that attachments can only be accepted as Microsoft Word or PDF documents.
Elmer Staats Nomination Form
2014 Michael G. Massiah
2013 Audrey L. Mathews
2012 Mary R. Hamilton
2011 Thaddeus L. Juszczak , Jr.
2010 Award not given
2009 Walter Broadnax
2008 Sylvester Murray
2007 Enid Beaumont
2006 No award given.
2005 Nesta Gallas
2004 Robert H. (Tex) McClain, Jr.
2003 Harlan Cleveland
2002 David O. Cooke
2001 Dwight Ink, President Emeritus, Institute of Public Administration