Barbara Romzek, Dean, SPA
Since becoming dean of the School of Public Affairs, Barbara Romzek has logged some serious frequent flier miles to promote SPA and its reputation as a leader in the field of public affairs. Recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery, Romzek has focused her research on complex work settings, including NASA, Congress, and the Air Force, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofits. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association. She served on the governing boards for the Academy of Management, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; currently she is a member of the Board of the Public Management Research Association. Before joining AU, Romzek held a number of academic leadership positions at the University of Kansas.