Wednesday, March 6, 2013

University of New Orleans Plays
A Key Role in National Public Administration Conference

The University of New Orleans Master of Public Administration graduate program plays a key role next week at a national conference that will bring academics, civic leaders, federal and state government leaders, nonprofit leaders and urban planners from around the world to New Orleans to address emerging topics related to public management.

Approximately 1,400 visitors are expected to attend the American Society for Public Administration's annual national conference, said John Kiefer, associate professor and director of the University's MPA program. Visitors will be coming from as far away as Europe, South America, China and the United Arab Emirates, he said. The largest contingent will be coming from Taiwan. The 2013 conference, entitled "Governance and Sustainability: Local Concerns, Global Challenges," runs Thursday through Monday, March 15-19, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The event is billed as "the public administration event of the year."

Topics addressed will range from post-Katrina New Orleans and public administration in modern Asia to an examination of the fiscal and governance challenges facing governments today, particularly in regards to long-term sustainability. The large conference will include a color guard, a jazz band and closing gala, Kiefer said.

UNO and LSU will jointly host the conference's welcome reception on Thursday at The Cabildo Louisiana State Museum next to St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square and Saturday's luncheon honoring Louisiana public administrators at the Riverside, where U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will serve as guest speaker.

Kiefer will moderate a super panel entitled "Louisiana Post-Katrina: What's Changed?" from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the Hilton Riverside. Retired U.S. Army Gen. Russel Honore ― who served as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast ― will give opening remarks.

Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, New Orleans' deputy mayor for public safety and director for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, will serve on the panel. Dexter Accardo, director of the St. Tammany Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Operation Center, and Kevin Davis, the state's director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, will also serve on the panel.

Other panel members include: Louise Comfort, professor of public and international affairs and director of the Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh; Richard "Rick" Sylves, political science and international relations professor at the University of Delaware; Frances L. Edwards, professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San Jose State University and William Waugh, an internationally known scholar in disaster studies and emergency management from Georgia State University. All are leading experts in the areas of emergency management, disaster planning and resiliency.

Learn more about the American Society for Public Administration's Annual Conference >>