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Mackenzie Named Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
G. Calvin Mackenzie, the Goldfarb Family Professor of Government at Colby College, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He will be inducted at the Academy's fall meeting in Washington, D.C., on November 21.
An independent, nonpartisan organization chartered by Congress, the National Academy of Public Administration is the nation's preeminent organization dedicated to improving the performance of governance systems--the network of public institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private companies that share in the implementation of public policy. The academy also promotes discourse on emerging trends in governance through its Standing Panels.
Academy Fellows are drawn from the ranks of the nation's leading members of Congress, governors and mayors, cabinet secretaries and agency heads, journalists and scholars. Their election as fellows is recognition of careers of significant contribution to the practice and study of government.
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Nominating Information on the Scholarship and Public Service of Prof. G. Calvin Mackenzie
Mackenzie was a full-time staff member with the title Senior Research Analyst for the House Commission on Administrative Review (Obey Commission) that undertook a comprehensive review of the administration and management of the House after the Wayne Hays scandal of 1976. The report of the Commission, much of which he drafted, became a blueprint for administrative changes implemented over the following several years. These included especially the creation of the office of House Administrator to concentrate authority in a single set of hands for the management of House operations. This assignment also provided Mackenzie's first exposure to government ethics issues since part of the Obey Commission task was to develop a new ethics code for the House. That, too, was implemented over the years that followed.
When the work in the House was completed at the end of 1977, Mackenzie and Joseph Cooper edited a book, The House at Work (University of Texas Press, 1981) that explored many of the special problems of public administration in a legislative context.
Over the next 25 years, Mackenzie has been invited back to Congress on a number of occasions to testify on issues of public administration, public personnel management, and government ethics.
In addition to his scholarly work on presidential appointments, Mackenzie has been at the center of most practical efforts to reform the process. In 1980, he participated in a NAPA study of presidential transitions; his contributions concentrated on the special difficulties of managing the appointment process during a transition. Starting in 1983 and for most of the rest of the decade, Mackenzie directed NAPA's Presidential Appointee Project, the most comprehensive analysis up to that time of the appointments process. He was the primary author of the NAPA panel's report, Leadership in Jeopardy: The Fraying of the Presidential Appointment Process (1985) and he wrote the Presidential Appointee's Handbook and the Handbook for the Senior Executive Service to help new appointees navigate through the complexities of public service.
In 1996, Mackenzie served as Executive Director of the Twentieth Century Fund's Task Force on Presidential Appointments, the work of which concluded with more than a dozen recommendations for improvements in the appointment process. In 2000, after a year as the John Adams Fellow at the Institute for U.S. Studies at the University of London, Mackenzie joined the Brookings Presidential Appointee Initiative as Senior Advisor. He directed a number of PAI's research projects and edited Innocent Until Nominated: The Breakdown of the Presidential Appointments Process (Brookings, 2001) which was selected by Choice as one of the outstanding academic books of 2002. Mackenzie also played a central role in developing the catalog of PAI recommendations for restructuring of the appointments process that were submitted to Congress in April 2001.
In Maine, Mackenzie has advised the state government on a number of management issues. From 1993-1998, he was one of three alternating chairs of the state Board of Arbitration and Conciliation. In that role he chaired panels assigned to resolve difficult public sector labor-management conflicts all over the state.
Throughout all these years, Mackenzie has been a full-time member of the political science faculty at Colby College where he has instructed thousands of students in public administration and public policy. At Colby, he was one of the youngest people ever promoted to the rank of full professor and to an endowed chair.
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