Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Public Affairs and Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1983
M.P.A., Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 1979
B.A., Politics (with Honors), Washington and Lee University, 1976


  • President-Elect, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Effective April 1, 2017
  • President, Washington and Lee University, 2006-present
  • Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, 2002-2006
  • Washington and Lee University
    • Acting Associate Dean, 2001-2002
    • Professor of Politics, 2000-2002
    • Associate Professor of Politics, 1994-2000
    • Associate Dean, The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, 1991-1998
    • Assistant Professor of Politics, 1987-1994
    • Dean of Freshmen, 1987-1991
    • Assistant Dean of Students, 1976-1978
  • Assistant Professor of Social Science and Policy Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1985-1987
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Comparative Higher Education Research Group, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983-1985
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kansas, 1982-1983
  • Doctoral Research Fellow, U.S. General Accounting Office, Policy Analysis Division, 1981-1982
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Syracuse University, 1978-1981


Board of Directors, Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2010-present; Vice Chair, 2013; Chair, 2014; Past Chair 2015; Chair of Presidential Search Committee, 2015
Board of Trustees, Council of Independent Colleges, 2013-2016
Executive Committee, Associated Colleges of the South, 2011-current
Board of Trustees, George C. Marshall Foundation, 2006-2012
National President, Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Society, 2002-2006


American Government
Public Policy
Contemporary Democratic Theory
Intergenerational Justice and Public Policy
Jefferson: Nature, Politics, and Economics
Environmental Policy
Introduction to Environmental Studies



The Leadership Dilemma in Modern Democracy. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2004

Book Chapters

"Literature and the Leadership Lesson of House Mountain," in Robert J. Sternberg, Elizabeth Davis, April C. Mason, Robert V. Smith, Jeffrey S. Vitter and Michele Wheatley (eds.), Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, pp. 57-61.

"Future Generations and the Problem of Democratic Leadership," in John Kane and Haig Papatan, Good Democratic Leadership (Oxford), 2014, pp. 198-211

"Many Sectors, Many Professions," in Burton Clark (ed.), The Academic Profession: National, Disciplinary, and Institutional Settings. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1987, pp. 331-368.

"University-Industry Cooperation as a Problem in Interorganizational Relations," in Barry Bozeman, Michael Crow, and Albert Link (eds.), Strategic Management of R&D. Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books, 1984, pp. 171-186.

Articles and Essays

"Leadership in Organized Anarchy," Public Administration Review, 76, 2 (March-April 2016): 219-220.

"The AAC&U Centennial as a ‘House Mountain' Opportunity," Liberal Education, 100, 4 (Fall 2014): 2-3.

"Judging Patron Saints, " Inside Higher Ed, January 26, 2012

"Response: Faculty Scholarship in Liberal Arts Colleges," in Liberal Arts Colleges in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities. American Council of Learned Societies. ACLS Occasional Paper, No. 59 (2005): 113-119.

"Trust." Entry in The Encyclopedia of Leadership (Berkshire, Massachusetts: Berkshire Publishing Group and Sage Reference, 2004).

"Jay's Pirouette, Or Why Personal Trust is Not the Same as Political Trust," Administration and Society, 31, 5 (November 1999): 639-657.

"Giving Reason and Politics Their Due: A Response to O.C. McSwite's Legitimacy in Public Administration." Special Symposium, Public Productivity and Management Review (December 1998): 278-281 

"Trust and the Administrative State," Public Administration Review, 57.5, (September/October 1997): 454-458. 

"Trust, Democracy, and Public Management: A Theoretical Argument," Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, 6, 3 (July 1996): 461-478.

"Pork and the Public Interest," The American Prospect 17 (Spring 1994): 89-96. (See also reply to Ellwood and Patashnik, Fall 1994: 23-24).
"Policy Culture: The Case of Science Policy in the United States," Science, Technology and Human Values, 19,2 (Spring 1994): 205-222.
Editor and Contributor, special symposium issue, "The Politics of Science and Technology," Teaching Political Science: Politics in Perspective, 14,4 (Summer 1987).

"The Distinctive Scholarship of the Selective Liberal Arts College," The Journal of Higher Education, 58,2 (March/April 1987): 205-222. Included in Faculty and Faculty Issues in Colleges and Universities, second edition. Finnegan, Dorothy E. et al., eds. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996).

"Bridging Specializations: Reflections from Biology and Political Science," Review of Higher Education, 10,1 (Fall 1986): 29-46.
"The Changing Context of Academic Science: University-Industry Relations in Biotechnology and the Public Policy Implications," Policy Studies Review, 4,2 (November 1984): 259-276.

"Prometheus Entangled: Academic Science in the Administrative State," Public Administration Review, 44,4 (July/August 1984): 353-360.

Recent Editorials

"Worrying for the Class of 2014," Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 30, 2014

"Why a Liberal Arts Education is the Best Job Preparation," Christian Science Monitor, September 19, 2012

"Admiration for the Teaching of Values, Character," Charlottesville Daily Progress, June 17, 2012

"Mindful of the Future," Washington Post, August 11, 2011

"Advice for the Class of 2011 and Beyond," Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 18, 2011

"How to Judge a College," USA Today, August 29, 2010

"Their Day," Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2009


James MacGregor Burns Award for contributions to leadership studies, Jepson School, University of Richmond, 2006

Ring-tum Phi Award, 1991 (Washington and Lee Award for Service to Students)

Laverne Burchfield Award, best review essay in Public Administration Review, 1984 and 1997

Phi Beta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kapp

Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honor Society)

Pi Sigma Alpha (Politics Honor Society)

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