Dean Marc Holzer Receives distinguished research award from National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and administration/American Society for Public Administration

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The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration/American Society for Public Administration (NASPAA/ASPA) has selected Dr. Marc Holzer to receive this year’s NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award. The award recognizes the research of an individual whose published work has made a substantial impact on the thought and understanding of public administration. The award presentation will be held at the NASPAA/ASPA 70th Annual Conference, in Miami, Florida, on March 23.


“It is a distinct honor to be held in high esteem by one’s peers,” said Holzer, dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University in Newark and Board of Governors Professor. “I’m pleased to know my work has enduring value for other public affairs and administration scholars. My research has only been possible with the support of the university and the faculty, staff and students at the school. Rutgers University not only emphasizes research, but has built a research-supportive environment at the Newark campus.”

Holzer is a leading expert in performance measurement and public management. His primary research focus is in public sector productivity, a field he helped to establish. He is the founder and director of the National Center for Public Productivity, a research and public service organization devoted to improving productivity in the public sector. He also developed the E-Governance Institute, created to explore the on-going impact of the Internet and other information technologies on the productivity and performance of the public sector, and how e-government fosters new and deeper citizen involvement within the governing process.

“It’s no secret that finding ways for governments and organizations to work more efficiently is one of Dean Holzer’s passions,” said Steven J. Diner, chancellor of Rutgers University in Newark. “How fitting it is for Marc to receive this much-deserved recognition.”

Holzer’s other honors include the: Conference of Minority Public Administrators, Presidential Leadership Award, 2006; International City/County Management Association, Academic Award, 2005; Chinese Public Administration Society Award for Excellence for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to the Academic Field of Public Administration in China, 2002; Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, 2001; William and Frederick Mosher Award for Best Article by an Academician Appearing in the Public Administration Review, 2001;  Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award for Best Scholarly Publication in Performance-based Governance in a Public Administration Journal, 2001; Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service to the Community, 2000; National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Excellence in Teaching Award, 1998; and Donald Stone National ASPA Achievement Award, 1994. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a former President of the American Society for Public Administration.

Holzer may be contacted at 973-353-5268 or

Founded in 2006, the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers-Newark is the first new school established at Rutgers University in more than 20 years. SPAA’s mission encompasses competence, diversity, knowledge and service, and the school equips future leaders and educators with the tools necessary to efficiently and effectively deliver government services. It is the only such school at a public university in New Jersey. SPAA enhances New Jersey’s capacity to develop more effective government at all levels, offering degree and non-degree programs, research and technical assistance to make government more transparent to citizens. The school’s most recent initiatives include a national network on performance measurement and reporting, a municipal public performance measurement system, and the development of the E-Governance Institute. For more information on the school: