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The Future of Citizenship and Public Service

Tanner Day at the Maxwell School

In Partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center

The Honorable Christine Todd WhitmanThe Honorable Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA Administrator (2001 – 2003) and former New Jersey Governor, will deliver the keynote address at Tanner Day at Maxwell, a series of lectures and panel discussions focused on the "Future of Citizenship and Public Service" in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration. The one-day, highly interactive symposium will bring together thought leaders, practitioners, and academics from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address some of the big challenges facing our local, state, national governments and nonprofits.

Public service has been severely challenged by several long-term trends: declining public trust in government and low public esteem; political polarization, partisanship and incivility; negative press coverage; and greater direct political attack on government from different groups and institutions. Many observers have described public service as being in a state of crisis. In such a climate, how can we expect citizens to serve? And if so, do we need to change how we recruit and retain public servants?

Exploring these questions, Tanner Day at Maxwell will begin with keynote remarks by Governor Whitman, delivered as part of the Tanner Lecture on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility, a public forum for exploring questions about ethical citizenship in provocative and challenging ways. The series has been generously endowed by alumnus W. Lynn Tanner '75 PhD, founder, CEO, and chairman of TEC Canada. The lecture series is coordinated by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

For more information, contact Bethany Walawender at or 315.443.3461.

Tanner Day at Maxwell is made possible by W. Lynn Tanner, the National Academy of Public Administration, the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy at the Maxwell School, and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School. 

Tentative Agenda

8:00- 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Keynote Address
The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman, Former EPA Administrator (2001 – 2003) and former New Jersey Governor

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.  Panel: A Public Service Workforce for the Future

  • Dr. Andrew W. Cohen, Dr. Walter Montgomery and Marian Gruber Professor of History
  • Dr. Tina Nabatchi, Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
  • The Hon. Steven Hagerty, Mayor, City of Evanston, Illinois
  • Mr. David Sulek, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.  Panel Discussion and Lunch: Governance Challenges and the Future of a New Public Service

  • Ms. Teresa Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration 
  • The Hon. Sean O’Keefe, University Professor, Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management & Leadership
  • The Hon. Christine Todd Whitman, President, The Whitman Group
  • Mr. Dustin Brown, Deputy Assistant Director for Management, U.S. Office of Management & Budget
  • Dr. David Van Slyke, Dean and Bantle Professor in Business and Government Policy, Maxwell School

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Break

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Panel: Threats to Citizenship in a Changing World

  • Dr. Jamie Winders, Chair and Professor, Geography
  • Mr. Eric Heighberger, Chief of Staff, FEMA
  • Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, Professor, Political Science
  • Mr. Chris Meek, Senior Director of Global Relationship Management, S&P Global

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks
Mr. Max Stier, President and CEO, The Partnership for Public Service

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration

Please RSVP at to ensure your seat.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for this event.  If you have requests for accessibility and accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services (EOIRS) Office at 315.443.4018.

Video of the closing remarks and the morning, lunch, and afternoon panels will be streamed live here, on this page, at No recording of the keynote is permitted, except by members of the news media for b-roll purposes only and limited to the first three minutes without audio. Press please register in advance with Jessica Smith, or via the RSVP link provided.