UNO Professor of Management Receives Monte M. Lemann Award for Helping to Improve Civil Service in Louisiana

University of New Orleans Professor of Management William P. Galle, Jr. was honored Friday with a special award given to Louisianians helping to improve the state’s civil service system.

Galle is one of five Louisianians who received an award at the 47th annual Monte M. Lemann Awards luncheon on Friday at the Royal Sonesta.

The awards, presented annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League, are given to individuals outside the classified civil service system who have made major contributions to the advancement of the merit system of public employment in Louisiana, said Daniel E. Sullivan, executive vice president of the league. The award is named for Monte M. Lemann, a staunch defender of the merit civil service law in its formative years in Louisiana.

Galle teaches at the graduate level in UNO’s Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration and Engineering Management programs. A resident of Slidell, he has served as a charter member of the Slidell Civil Service Board since 2000. Galle has been a "strong advocate" of the merit system, the league said. He has also "helped ensure that the board remains impartial and unbiased" in its decisions.

During the 12 years that he has served on the Slidell Civil Service Board, Galle has been a strong advocate of non-partisan, transparent governance and a steadfast supporter of meritocracy in the public sector. He has served as board chairman and guided an effort to draft the city’s Civil Service Rules.

Galle has published four communication textbooks and numerous articles in academic and practitioner journals dealing with various aspect of organizational behavior. He has conducted more than 500 workshops and seminars on communication, motivation, leadership and quality management.

For more than a dozen years, Galle has been managing a state-funded grant from the Exceptional Entrepreneurs of Louisiana to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services where he and colleagues help people with disabilities to start new business enterprises. Galle is an active member of the Association for Business Communication and the Academy of Management and has served on numerous boards and committees for these academic organizations. He has worked with many public and non-profit organizations.