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Professor Fountain Elected to Board of National Academy of Public Administration

Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy and chair of the department of political science, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Academy of Public Administration.

The academy was established by congressional charter in 1967 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization to help government leaders address critical management challenges and to develop more “effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations.”

The academy advises, evaluates, assesses and reports on any topic of governance whenever called upon by the federal government or Congress. It conducts its studies primarily through the work of more than 800 elected academy fellows, senior leaders in government, business and academia. Academy fellows include former members of Congress, cabinet officers, governors, mayors, state legislators in addition to business executives, prominent scholars and public administrators.

Fountain has been a member of the political science and public policy faculties since 2005. She directs the National Center for Digital Government and holds an adjunct appointment in computer science. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 2012.

She is a former chair, vice chair and member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2012. In 2014, she was one of only two academics to receive the Federal 100 Award presented to the top 100 government, industry and academic leaders in federal government information technology.

She was appointed to the Governor’s Innovation Council of Advisors, 2012-2014, and to the Experts Advisory Committee of the E-Government Research Center in Beijing in 2014.


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