February Meeting Minutes

DAPA Council meeting minutes from February 13, 2017, are now available on the Documents page.

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Jerome Lewis Receives Public Service Award

Dlewis-staats-award.pngAPA Member Dr. Jerome Lewis, Director of the Institute for Public Administration, was selected to receive the Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service. The award was established to honor a public administrator's career accomplishments and contributions to public service and ASPA over a lifetime. The DAPA council invites members to join in congratulating Dr. Lewis on this wonderful honor. 

Dr. Lewis accepted the award during the Donald C. Stone Lecture at the 2017 ASPA Annual Conference, on place March 17-21, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.

ASPA President-Elect Jane Pisano presented the award (photo courtesy of Karen Garrett).

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Introducing DAPA's Council Members

On December 15, 2016, DAPA elected a new board to serve the organization in a leadership capacity, each for a two-year term. Elected positions include council-at-large members, president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

President Gene Dvornick

Gene Dvornick currently serves as Town Manager for the Town of Georgetown. He has held this position since being appointed in 2007. Gene is active in the City Management Association of Delaware, Delaware Association for Public Administration, Delaware League of Local Governments, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), State of Delaware – Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, and Sussex County Association of Towns. Gene holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Accounting) from Shepherd University and a Master of Accountancy from Virginia Tech. He is currently enrolled in the MPA – C.E.O. Program at the University of Delaware.

Second Vice President Daniel L. Smith

Dan Smith is MPA Director and Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware. He is a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), and the Chair-Elect of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM). Previously he was Associate Professor and Director of the Finance Specialization in the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He earned his PhD from the University of Georgia, and his BA and MPA from the University of Delaware.


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Meeting Minutes Posted

DAPA Council meeting minutes from November 15, 2016, are now available on the Documents page.

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DAPA Members Present at NECoPA Conference


Angie Kline, Marcia Scott, Savannah Edwards, Jessica Stump, Julia O'Hanlon, Evan Miller, and Eli Turkel at the Northeast Conference for Public Administration.


Delaware was well-represented at the recent Northeast Conference for Public Administration held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The conference was co-hosted by ASPA’s Central Pennsylvania Chapter and Penn State Harrisburg. In keeping with the theme of Public Administration in the Era of Collaboration, DAPA members and IPA staff and students presented on diverse research topics, including:

  • Utilizing GIS Story Maps to Engage Citizens in Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware, Savannah Edwards
  • Delaware's Paratransit Policy and the Need for Innovation, Eli Turkel
  • Evaluating the State of Mobility Management and Specialized Transportation Coordination in Delaware, Marcia Scott, Julia O'Hanlon, Jessica Stump, and Evan Miller
  • Living in the First State for the Last Years: Aging in Southern Delaware, Julia O'Hanlon and Angie Kline
  • Mapping the Regional Institutional Contexts of US Cybersecurity, Troy Mix and Eli Turkel
  • Data, Evidence and Children’s Rights: Examining the Impact of the Data Science Revolution on State Level Child Advocacy Organizations, John McNutt and Janice Barlow
  • Civil Society in Belarus: Challenges and Prospects, Yuliya Brel
  • Progress towards New Public Governance in Romania, Cristina Stanica
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Register for the Annual Awards Dinner

Registration is now open for DAPA’s Annual Awards Dinner. The dinner will be held on December 15, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., at the Buena Vista Conference Center.

Come network and fellowship with public administration professionals as we recognize and congratulate this year’s DAPA award recipients:

2016 DAPA Public Service Award

Constance Holland, AICP
Director, Office of State Planning Coordination
State of Delaware

2016 DAPA Outstanding Student Public Service Award

Savannah Edwards

Sponsorship Opportunities!

Please consider sponsoring the 2017 DAPA Awards Dinner. Your contributions can help support costs of:

  • Student registration
  • Program printing
  • Venue and catering

Register for the dinner and sponsor the event today!

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Delaware Candidate Seeks Position on ASPA National Council

Angie KlineThe American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is holding elections November 7 through November 28 for representation on ASPA’s National Council. A member of the Delaware Chapter of ASPA is seeking a position in the upcoming election. Angie Kline is an active member of ASPA, our chapter, and the field of public administration. The Delaware Chapter is proud to endorse Angie and share her qualifications with you.

Angie Kline, Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy & Administration, is running for District II Representative on ASPA’s National Council. Angie currently serves on ASPA’s National Council as the Student Representative. Angie serves as a Council Member of the Delaware chapter of ASPA and was awarded ASPA’s Founders Forum Fellowship in 2015 and participated in ASPA’s International Young Scholars Workshop in 2015. For more information please visit ASPA’s Election Website.

Please consider voting for Angie for representation on ASPA’s National Council.

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Renew Your DAPA Membership Before the Rate Increases

Council unanimously supported raising the cost of a yearly membership from $25 to $30 beginning in January 2017. Save $5 by renewing your membership before the end of December 2016. Renew online at https://dapanet.org/join.

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Revised Constitution

Our members approved the revised constitution unanimously. The amended version is posted on the documents page of our website. Thank you to everyone who voted!

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Member Highlights: Workshop in South Africa

africa-workshop.pngDear ASPA & DAPA Friends,

In July, I attended the 5th International Young Scholars Workshop. The workshop was filled with fascinating research presentations, cultural exchanges and making new friends and colleagues. During a summer peppered with news of election shenanigans and global crises, I was encouraged and energized to hear from the Workshop participants about their work on addressing global disparities. Attending conferences and workshops are important for regaining my perspective on the importance of public policy research.

Read more about my experience in the latest issue of Connect Magazine.

All the Best,
Angie Kline
Student Representative, ASPA National Council
At-Large Council Member, DAPA

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Call for Articles

Do you have an idea for an article that you'd like to submit to ASPA's PA Times Editorial Board? Review the monthly topic areas and submission deadlines, and consider submitting an article idea!

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Public Service Stories Project

This project highlights the nobility of public service through real-life stories captured on video. It's the antithesis of the anti-government diatribe so prominently featured in the mass media. View the 23 individual interviews on YouTube.