Former School of Public Affairs and Administration Dean Charles E. Menifield Appointed University Professor


The Rutgers University Board of Governors appointed Charles E. Menifield, who has served on the Rutgers University–Newark faculty and was Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) from 2017-22, a University Professor effective January 1. 

It is one of the highest honors for Rutgers faculty.

A renowned scholar whose research focuses on budgeting and financial management, public health and welfare, use of lethal force by police, public management information systems, education finance, and public administration education, Menifield bolstered the school’s reputation by cultivating and elevating faculty, staff, and student accomplishments. He established the Office of Community Engagement, implemented a new strategic plan and revitalized the SPAA Alumni Association.

In addition to earning numerous honors and awards for his research and service, Menifield has authored several books and book chapters, and co-edited the award-winning Politics in the New South: Representation of African Americans in Southern State Legislatures. He has received over 100 invitations to serve as keynote speaker, lecturer, or conference presenter and served on editorial boards of leading disciplinary journals.

Learn more about Menifield's award here. 

University Professorships are awarded to senior faculty members by the Board of Governors upon recommendation by Rutgers president. The title is awarded to a faculty member who has made exceptional contributions in academic or administrative service or who has earned academic distinction across disciplinary lines.