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Frank J. Thompson
Dr. Frank J. Thompson is a nationally renowned scholar of politics and administration, implementation, public management, and health policy. In 2007, he received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award to study the evolution of Medicaid during the Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama administrations. The research led to Thompson’s forthcoming book, Medicaid Politics: Federalism, Policy Durability, and Health Reform (Georgetown University), which is a thorough examination of the genesis and expansion of Medicaid and its impact on the American health care system.
Thompson is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a past president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the former executive director of the National Commission on State and Local Public Service (Winter Commission). He has received several awards including the Donald C. Stone Distinguished Scholar Award for his accomplishments in the field of intergovernmental relations and management.
In 2008, Thompson joined the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University in Newark and concurrently became an affiliated faculty member of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick. Prior to his tenure at Rutgers, he served as dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Thompson is an alumnus of the University of Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and the University of California, Berkley, where he received his doctoral and master’s degrees in the same discipline.
Joined Rutgers: 1946
Campus Size: 38 acres, 33 buildings
Interim Chancellor: Philip Yeagle
Undergraduate Majors: 40+
Graduate Programs: 20+ (JD, MA, MBA, MFA, MPA, MS, Ph.D.)
Athletics: 14 NCAA Division III women and men's teams
Enrollment (fall 2012)
Full-time Faculty: 585
Faculty with Terminal Degrees: 99%
Full-time Staff: 770
Male/Female Ratio: 50:50
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Nations Represented: 100+
On-campus Residents: 1,280
Basic Type: Research Universities (high research activity)
Special Classification: Community Engagement