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Department of Public Administration & Policy


SPA: Public Administration
Kerwin Hall

Graduate programs:

SPA: Public Administration
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8070
Faculty and award winners at the 2016 Roger Jones Award Ceremony

The Roger W. Jones Award

Recognizing public servants whose careers are marked by extraordinary effectiveness.

Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

Call for Nominations Now Open

Since 1978, American University School of Public Affairs has honored more than 70 federal career executives in SES positions for their exception public service and dedication to the work and goals of government. Each year a distinguished panel selects two individuals for their demonstrated capabilities in the areas of leadership and commitment to effective continuity of government.

The nomination process for the 2017 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership is now open. 

Nominate an executive leader today

2016 Ceremony

The 2016 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership ceremony will be held in the Katzen Arts Center on November 10, 2016. The following federal career executives will be honored at this event:

Dorothy Dougherty

Dorothy Dougherty
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Department of Labor

Louis Uccellini, Director, National Weather Service

Louis Uccellini
Assistant Administrator for Weather Services
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Weather Service

Keynote Speaker

Beth F. Cobert will deliver the 2016 Roger Jones Award Ceremony keynote speech.

OPM's Beth Cobert, Black and White

Beth F. Cobert
Acting Director
Office of Personnel Management

Roger W. Jones Selection Committee

Patrick Malone, Chair
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs
American University

David Chu
Institute for Defense Analyses

Mortimer Downey, Chair
Senior Advisor
Parsons Brinckerhoff

David Pekoske
Group President
National Security Group A-T
Solutions Inc.

Barbara Romzek
Dean, School of Public Affairs
American University

Gwen Sykes
U.S. Secret Service

Robert Tobias
Business Development, Key Executive Leadership Programs
American University

2017 Ceremony

Save the Date

November 2017, Time TBA

Abramson Family Recital Hall
Katzen Arts Center
American University