USC Price School of Public Policy

Denhardt elected to National Academy of Public Administration

Denhardt Elected to National Academy of Public Administration

Symposium morning panel Janet Denhardt earned her Doctor of Public Administration from USC.

USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Janet Denhardt was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in recognition of her exemplary professional accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Denhardt, the inaugural holder of the Chester A. Newland Professorship of Public Administration at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento, Calif., was formally inducted earlier this month at the academy’s national conference in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1967, NAPA is an independent, nonpartisan organization chartered by the U.S. Congress to assist 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.

Denhardt, who earned her Doctor of Public Administration from USC in 1991, is the author of five books and numerous articles in public leadership and civic engagement.

Her seminal work, The New Public Service, now in its third edition, has helped inform a new generation of practitioners and scholars about the importance of democratic values and service in the public interest. And her book, The Dance of Leadership, provided insights into the foundations and techniques of transformational leadership.

In addition, Denhardt has published two leading textbooks in the field of public administration — Public Administration: An Action Orientation, and Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations.

Denhardt joins a list of USC Price-affiliated National Academy of Public Administration members, including Dean Jack H. Knott, Ross Clayton, Terry Cooper, E. Kim Nelson, Chet Newland, Jane Pisano, Mark Pisano, Francine Rabinovitz, Shui Yan Tang, Joseph Wholey and Robert Denhardt, Janet’s husband.