Tuesday, April 7, 2009

GSU announces new dean of Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Following an international search, Provost Ron Henry has named W. Bartley Hildreth as dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, effective July 1.

Hildreth is currently the Regents Distinguished Professor of Public Finance at the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University and a member of the finance faculty of the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

“It is an honor to be selected to lead the Andrew Young School, a top-ranked policy school known for its scholarly contributions and policy advice in Atlanta and in capitals around the globe,” Hildreth said. “Ambassador Andrew Young said the world calls all of us to leadership. My job is to keep that vision alive during the Andrew Young School’s next stage of growth as a creative leader in the world of policy studies.”

Henry said the search committee was meticulous and deliberate in their process to select a dean who has an excellent understanding of the increasingly global and interdisciplinary academic environment of an urban research university and one who would build on the excellent image provided the School by Ambassador Young.

“The Andrew Young School has attained an outstanding reputation since its inception and it is felt that Bart Hildreth will be a leader of vision who will be instrumental in creating and implementing further growth and prominence in the Andrew Young School,” Henry said.

An expert on municipal securities, public budgeting, and state and local finance, Hildreth holds a doctorate in public administration from the University of Georgia and a master of public administration from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Hildreth has also served as director of the Kansas Public Finance Center since 1994. He served as interim dean for Wichita's W. Frank Barton School of Business from 2007-2008. He is a member of several professional organizations, and served on the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council.

Hildreth was the recipient of the 2008 Aaron B. Wildavsky Award for lifetime scholarly achievement in the field of public budgeting and finance. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2005, he served as visiting research chair in public policy at McGill University in Montreal.

Gregory Lewis, who chaired the search committee, said that Hildreth’s leadership capabilities as well as his scholarly reputation would help provide visibility for AYSPS within professional communities around the state and beyond.

“I was really impressed with the provost of his university, who said that he had done a fabulous job when he was the interim dean. He said that he was going to do everything he could do to keep him, but that Bart was someone that needed to be a dean, but he didn’t have a deanship to offer him,” Lewis said. “Bart is an excellent and well known scholar in an area which fits really well with the school and is a good bridge between the public management and policy and the economic departments.”

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