You are here: Rosen Scholarship Supports MPA Candidates

Contact Us

Phone: (202) 885-2940 Graduate programs: Undergraduate programs:

Kerwin Hall

Public Affairs, School of 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

Back to top

Capital Campaign Success Story

Rosen Scholarship Supports MPA Candidates

By  | 

SPA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bernard and Adele Rosen Scholarship for the Masters in Public Administration program. The new Rosen Scholarship was both created by and named after Bernard Rosen, Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Residence Emeritus at the School of Public Affairs, and his wife for over 60 years, the late Adele Rosen.

In addition to the Rosen’s generous financial gift to American University, Professor Rosen donated a comprehensive autobiography chronicling his career in the federal civil service and higher education. The autobiography, now housed in AU’s archive library, provides an overview of Rosen’s career in academia and in government, copies and excerpts of prominent papers and testimony delivered during his public service, and highlights of his life with Adele.

The Rosen Scholarship will provide scholarship support to a full-time graduate student in the MPA program. Students entering or enrolled in the two year MPA program will be eligible to apply for the Rosen Scholarship Program in January 2009, with the first recipient announced in May 2009.

Dean William M. LeoGrande will select the Rosen Scholar, based on the candidate’s academic and leadership experiences, as well as his or her interest in applying knowledge and insights developed in the MPA program to the work of government in the U.S.

As part of the application process, students will also be made aware of the Rosen autobiographical volumes housed in the university library archives and their value as an educational resource to public service educators and students.

“It is truly fitting that we are able to honor Professor Rosen and Adele for their collective leadership and legacy of achievements in the federal civil service and in public affairs education,” Dean LeoGrande noted. “The Rosen Scholarship will provide critical, lasting scholarship support to future leaders in public service, and the library archive donation is an invaluable resource for American University faculty and students alike.”          

Bernard Rosen taught graduate courses in politics of administration, public personnel administration, public management, and ethics for public managers at American University's School of  Public Affairs

Prior to this 25-year second career, which concluded in the spring of 2000, Rosen was Executive Director of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the central personnel management agency of the federal government. This culminated more than 30 years as a career official in the U.S. government, during which time Rosen served in key positions in Washington, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco and overseas.


Professor Rosen’s major published work is Holding Government Bureaucracies Accountable, now in its third edition (Praeger, April 1998). His essays have appeared in Public Administration Review and The Bureaucrat (subsequently retitled The Public Manager). During both his government and academic years, he testified before congressional committees and prepared papers for them on personnel management issues.


He and Adele Berman were married in 1942. They have two sons and three grandsons. Her "enormous contribution in research, editing, and typing" is acknowledged in each edition of Holding Government Bureaucracies Accountable.