The Campbell Public Affairs Institute, named for Alan K. “Scotty” Campbell, was founded in 1996. The Institute’s mission is centered on citizenship, public leadership, and governance. The Institute explores the relationships among leaders, citizens, private
organizations, and governments in an effort to understand the development and implementation of effective management and policy, and encourages civic involvement. Over the years, the Institute's projects and initiatives have included the Pew-funded Government Performance Project,
dedicated to finding practical solutions to the problems of government; CNYSpeaks, an effort to broaden and deepen public deliberation and community participation in local affairs; published monographs on federalism, information sharing and homeland
security, and government transparency; the Campbell Conversations, an award-winning weekly public affairs radio program airing on Central New York's largest NPR-affiliate; the Campbell Debates, a public Oxford-style debate series on public policy
issues at the national, state, and local levels; and numerous lecture series of interest to the University and the regional community.
Patricia Ingraham, Campbell’s first director
Grant Reeher, current director