USC Price School of Public Policy

Cooper Named to NAPA

Cooper Named to National Academy of Public Administration

From SPPD staff reports

Terry Cooper

USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Terry Cooper was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Cooper, who is the Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values at SPPD, was formally inducted Nov. 18 at the NAPA annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1967 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1984, NAPA comprises professional and academic leaders in public management. It assists federal, state and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency and accountability. Fellows are chosen for their sustained and outstanding contribution to the field of public administration through public service or scholarship.

“This major award recognizes Terry for his extensive scholarly record, his ethics training, consulting work with numerous public agencies in the United States and abroad, and his valuable work with the Civic Engagement Initiative and the Neighborhood Participation Project,” said Jack Knott, dean of SPPD.

“Terry will be an outstanding addition to NAPA’s ranks,” Knott added. “His extensive knowledge and research on ethics in administration and on citizen participation and engagement will be of great value to NAPA’s work.”

Each year, NAPA elects a limited number of fellows, with only about one-third coming from the academic world. Fellows include current and former members of Congress and Cabinet officers, governors, mayors, state legislators, diplomats, scholars and local public officials, as well as private and nonprofit executives.

“I’m deeply honored to be elected by such a distinguished body of practitioners and scholars,” Cooper said. “And, I’m excited to have the opportunity to make contributions to the federal government, by offering my professional perspectives in public ethics and civic engagement.”

Cooper has authored or edited four books on ethics and administration, as well as numerous journal articles. He wrote the lead article for the Public Administration Review’s special issue on civic engagement; and his best-selling book, The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics in Administration, is in its fifth edition. He is also the editor of the “Exemplars Profiles” series for the journal Public Integrity.