• Maxwell Alumni News

  • Meier to receive Duncombe Award for educational excellence

    Kenneth Meier ’74 MA (PSc)/’75 PhD (PSc) was named the 2019 recipient of the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This award honors William Duncombe ‘87 MPA/’89 PhD (PA), former professor of public administration in the Maxwell School with specializations in school financing and public budgeting.



    Maxwell alumnus named vice president of equity and inclusion

    Don Sawyer ’08 MA (Soc)/’13 PhD (Soc) has been named vice president for equity and inclusion at Quinnipiac University. In this new role, Saywer is responsible for engaging community members in critical conversations, helping train faculty, staff, and students with respect to diversity, and setting up an action team that is ready to respond if difficult situations arise.



    Smith moves to Virginia Tech as associate professor

    Stephanie Smith '09 PhD (PA) has joined the faculty of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, serving as an associate professor in Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Smith was an associate professor at the University of New Mexico.



    Attorney Millman writes debut thriller

    Jode Millman ’76 BA (Soc) has written a novel — her debut thriller — titled The Midnight Call. It was released on June 18 by Immortal Works. The Midnight Call has been praised by a number of reviewers, including the USA Today Network and Publishers Weekly.



    Curtin fills new public engagement manager position

    Clay Curtin '06 MPA was appointed public engagement manager for the City of Menlo Park, California. In this position he will be responsible for implementing a pilot program to increase community engagement. This role, which was newly created for Curtin, is meant to help unite members of the community and community groups directly with city commissions.



    Maxwell alumna joins CenterState CEO

    Honora Spillane '09 JD/MPA has been appointed senior director of business and economic development at CenterState CEO. In her new role, Spillane works on CenterState CEO’s business development portfolio. CenterState CEO is a nonprofit based in Syracuse that focuses on connecting businesses across Central and Northern New York.



    SoldierStrong donation to VA hospital to help veterans battling PTSD

    A unique arrangement between Syracuse University, the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and SoldierStrong, co-founded by Chris Meek '92 BA (Econ/PSc)/'18 EMPA has resulted in the donation of a groundbreaking virtual reality system to treat veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress.



    Maxwell alumnus moves to Arizona State University

    Lei Duan ‘13 MA (Hist)/’17 PhD (Hist) has accepted a position as a lecturer in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Duan is a historian of China and Asia, and his first book, Arming and Disarming: The Culture and Politics of Guns in Modern China, is under contract with the University of Michigan Press.



    Bobkiewicz appointed city administrator of Issaquah, Washington

    On August 12, Walter Bobkiewicz ‘89 MPA was confirmed as the new city administrator of Issaquah, Washington, by a unanimous city council vote. In his new role, Bobkiewicz will be responsible for managing the city’s human, financial, and material resources. He will also coordinate the activities and functions of various city departments, offices, commissions, and boards.



    The Fetzer Institute promotes Maxwell alumnus to vice president

    Kurian Thomas ’11 EMPA was appointed vice president of spiritual transformation by the Fetzer Institute on July 1. In his new role, Thomas is responsible for overseeing more than 60 spirituality projects covering topics including education, health and well-being, and democracy. He will also contribute to the organizational learning and culture at the institute.



    Wein promoted to chief of staff for Congressman Price

    Justin Wein ‘04 BA (PSc) is now chief of staff for U.S. Representative David Price (D-N.C.). In this new role Wein will oversee Price’s congressional office; hire, train, and supervise the congressman’s staff; and advise the congressman on political matters. Wein had previously been Price’s deputy chief of staff since 2015 and directed his Washington office since 2016.



    Singer becomes executive board chair at BrainScope

    Michael Singer ‘86 MAIR has been named executive chairman of the board at BrainScope, a company developing assessment devices for brain-related injuries that can be used remotely. Singer was previously the CEO of BrainScope, a position he has held since the company was founded more than a decade ago.



    Lou Luba honored with criminal justice award

    Lou Luba ‘93 JD/MPA was presented with the Oliver Ellsworth Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Connecticut Criminal Justice Educational and Charitable Association on June 6 in Farmington, Conn. The award is conferred annually to a Connecticut prosecutor who has “made exceptional contributions in the pursuit of justice.”



    Elizabeth Cohen evaluates the concept of citizenship in new book

    The Maxwell School is proud to announce the publication of Citizenship, a new book by Elizabeth F. Cohen and Maxwell alumnus Cyril Ghosh ’05 MA (PSc)/’08 PhD (PSc), associate professor of political science at Wagner College. Citizenship is an introduction to the concept of citizenship and an evaluation of the idea’s continuing relevance in the 21st century.



    Charles Cutshall moves to Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    In May, Charles Cutshall ‘07 BA (IR)/’09 MPA became chief privacy officer for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Cutshall provides policy and program oversight for privacy compliance and is responsible for managing risks associated with personally identifiable information.