BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The National Academy of Public Administration today (Sept. 24) announced that 45 leaders in the field of public administration have been selected for the 2020 Class of Academy Fellows.
Among them is Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Dean and Professor Siân Mooney, who joins an extensive list of O’Neill School faculty who have previously been awarded the honor.
Induction of the new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place virtually November 5-10.
“I am very pleased to welcome the Academy’s 2020 class of Fellows,” said Terry Gerton, president and CEO of the Academy. “Our distinguished Fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the field of public administration and this year’s incoming class is no exception. During this especially turbulent time for government, we welcome their experience and perspective as we work collaboratively to find solutions to the grand challenges in public administration, advance social equity, and build resilient communities.”
Selection of the Academy’s new Fellows follows a rigorous review of the individual’s contributions to the field of public administration and policy. A Fellows Nominating Committee, selected by the Academy’s board chair, makes its recommendations to the full Fellowship, which then votes on those individuals nominated to be a Fellow.
Mooney became the fifth dean of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2019. She is an economist with research interests that lie in questions related to the use of natural resources and the environment. She has published on topics such as water use in the western United States, endangered species, the impacts of climate change, and the economics of soil carbon sequestration. She previously served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation and as a member of the Interagency Carbon Cycle Science working group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
She becomes the 15th NAPA Fellow with O’Neill School ties. Lisa Blomgren Amsler, Jim Barnes, Charles “Chuck” Bonser, Beth Gazley, John D. Graham, Kirsten Grønbjerg, Paul Helmke, Bob Kravchuk, Les Lenkowsky, Michael McGuire, Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Jim Perry, Maureen Pirog, and the late Robert Agranoff have all been previously inducted, making the O’Neill School one of the most honored schools within the NAPA Fellow ranks.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized among such a distinguished group of Fellows,” Mooney said. “I am humbled to be inducted with a stellar class this November, and to join the impressive list of O’Neill School representatives that have also earned this distinction.”
The Committee was co-chaired by Academy Fellows Barbara Romzek, professor, School of Public Affairs, American University, and Katherine Siggerud, chief operating officer, U.S. Government Accountability Office. The 2020 class joins more than 940 Academy Fellows – including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders, and public administrators.
About the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
The O’Neill School is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and is the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States. In the 2021 "Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs" by U.S. News & World Report, the O'Neill School ranks first in the country. Four of its specialty programs are ranked in the top-five listings, including nonprofit management, ranked first.