Former Associate Dean passes away
Astrid Merget, a two-time Maxwell School alumna and a former associate dean of the School, died on Monday, October 13, after a long illness. From Maxwell, Merget received an MPA in 1968 and PhD in social
sciences in 1973. Her subsequent career included service in senior executive
positions in academia and in government — including, at Maxwell, chair of
Public Administration and associate dean of the School, from 1995 until 2000.
She was also the first occupant of the Louis A. Bantle Professorship in Business
and Government Policy at Maxwell and helped oversee a major research project on
community benchmarking sponsored by the Alfred Sloan Foundation.
She left the Maxwell School to become dean of the School of
Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and then served as executive
vice chancellor and provost at the Louisiana State University from 2007 to 2010.
Since then she had occupied the John W. Dupuy Endowed Professorship in Public
Administration at LSU.
Prior to her faculty stint at Maxwell, she had been director
of the School of Public Policy and Management and associate dean of the College
of Business at Ohio State University; and, before that, chair of the Department
of Public Administration at George Washington University. She began her academic career as an assistant
professor of political science and urban studies at Barnard College.
An expert on public finance, public administration, and
nonprofit management, she also held senior executive positions in the federal
government, including senior advisor to the secretary of the Department of
Health and Human Services and special assistant to the assistant secretary for
policy development and research at the Department of Housing and Urban
Merget was a fellow of the National Academy of Public
Administration, which she served as trustee, vice chair, and chair of the
board. In 2011, she was elected chair of the board of the National Council for
Science and the Environment. She had also been on the board of the Independent
Sector, and served as president of the National Association of Schools of
Public Affairs. She served on two advisory panels for the U.S. Comptroller
General, co-chaired the Task Force on Outcomes at the United Way of America,
and was a consultant to the International City/County Management Association —
among many other roles with governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. 10/14/14