Sep 9, 2013

W.O. Farber Center lecture to feature distinguished USD alum

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Kenneth J. Meier, Ph.D., the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and also Professor of Public Sector Management at Cardiff University (Wales), will present the program “Public Administration and the Failure of Politics in the United States” at the University of South Dakota at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Presented by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership in conjunction with the USD Political Science League, the lecture, which is free and open to the public, will examine the interplay between politics and public administration.

Meier is a 1972 USD graduate and the author of more than 20 books and 250 articles and chapters. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a Research Fellow at the Danish Centre for Social Research. Meier is also the recipient of several career achievement awards, including the C. Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society of Public Administration, the John Gaus Award from the American Political Science Association and the H. George Fredrickson Award from the Public Management Research Association.

For more information about this event, please contact the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at (605) 677-5702 or e-mail

About the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership

The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership offers the Civic Leadership Studies program, a 21-hour minor designed to complement any major at The U. The program combines academic instruction, enrichment opportunities, and civic leadership experience, with an emphasis on major theories of leadership and citizenship, the dynamics between leaders and followers, the impact of differing cultural, social, gender, ethnic, religious, and political views on civic leadership, the uses and misuses of power that can occur in leadership situations and the role of ethics and law in framing and resolving civic problems.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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