50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Spring Events “…Inspiring a New Generation”

Spring Colloquium: The Future of Local Government Management
with Distinguished Professor H. George Frederickson

Success!  Our 50th Anniversary Celebration special presentation about the future of local government management by Dr. H. George Frederickson was a lively event.  More than 125 were in attendance in Lombard on March 20th.  We are grateful to our co-sponsors, the ILCMA Professional Development Committee and the Metro Managers.  Professor Emeritus Frederickson has been a leading intellectual leader in public administration for nearly 50 years.  He presented a paper on the future of the sector and collaboration titled, Bureaucrats without Boarders: Public Management and the End of Geography. (Click link to download paper)

Dr. Fredrickson’s presentation was followed by a panel of public administrators including:

  • Randall Recklaus, Village Manager, Clarendon Hills
  • James Barr, Township Administrator, Hanover Township
  • Candace King, Executive Director, DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform
  • Patrick Urich, City Manager, Peoria

Thank you Professor Frederickson for making this a wonderful event as well as the panel members and all of the participants.

50th Anniversary Spring Gala Dinner: The Department of Public Administration in the 21st Century

More than 200 alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered in the beautiful Cathedral Hall at the prestigious University Club in the Chicago Loop for the 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala Dinner. Our keynote speaker, The Honorable Tammy Duckworth, was joined by distinguished guests, including NIU’s new president, Douglas Baker, all of the emeritus MPA Directors (Agranoff, Banovetz, Esseks, Gabris, and Menzel) and many emeritus faculty. Generously sponsored by Christopher Burke Engineering, the gala featured a jazz trio before and after dinner, plenty of conversations, and excellent food.

Photographs of the event will be posted soon on the website!

Kurt Thurmaier
Professor and Chair



Visit the recap of our 50th Anniversary events from this fall. 

And get your NIU MPA gear here!