Kettl Named Dean of UMD's School of Public Policy
University of Pennsylvania political science professor Donald Kettl, a widely respected expert on government transformation, will become dean of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, demonstrating that the revolving door opened by the presidential transition extends to academia as well.
Kettl takes over for Steve Fetter, who was appointed assistant director at-large of President Obama's Office of Science and Technology Policy. (Kettl's former UPenn colleague, G. Edward DeSeve, is now serving as White House stimulus czar.)
"If I were to design a school from scratch to meet today's unprecedented global challenges, it would look pretty much like what the Maryland School of Public Policy is now," Kettl said in a statement issued by UMD. "It's uniquely suited to grapple with the overwhelming policy challenges facing government. I'm enormously impressed by all the school has accomplished and where it can go."
Kettl most recently published "The Next Government of the United States," a blueprint for transforming the federal bureaucracy that began as a 2005 paper (pdf) published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government. He's also a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, and previously served as executive director of the Century Foundation's Project on Federalism and Homeland Security, and academic coordinator of the Government Performance Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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