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Frederick S. Lane is an independent management consultant based in Sandwich, Massachusetts. His practice is limited to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and institutions of higher education, and focuses on strategic planning, organizational change, board development, and executive leadership. He is also a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Bernard M. Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY).
Lane is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY, where he taught for over thirty years. He also has been Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, Visiting Professor of Public Administration at the University of Vermont as well as Professor of Political Science at CUNY's Graduate Center. At Baruch College, Lane served as founder and Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration Program and Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration. He is also the recipient of Baruch College's Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Service.
A pioneer in nonprofit management education, Lane was the first in the nation to teach a graduate course specifically in the management of nonprofit organizations in an accredited school of business or public administration. Regarding nonprofit management, Lane's publications include: "Managing Fiscal Stress" in Wise Decision-Making in Uncertain Times: Using Nonprofit Resources Effectively (Foundation Center); "Organizational Analysis and Management Improvement" in The Nonprofit Organization Handbook, 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill), and "Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations," for which he won the Laverne Burchfield Award for the best book review essay in Public Administration Review in 1980. Lane also was a member of the Board of Directors (and Board Vice-Chair, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Chair of the Standards Committee, and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee) of the National Charities Information Bureau (now merged into the BBB Wise Giving Alliance) for 12 years, an Associate Editor of the journal, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, for four years, and the first Chair of the Section on Nonprofit Management of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Lane is frequently cited on nonprofit management topics in the media, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Smart Money, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, Chamber Music Magazine, GothamGazette.com, the Internet Nonprofit Center, and Bloomberg Business News.
Lane also has a special interest in public policy, finance, and administration in higher education. He served as Staff Director of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education in New York in the mid-1970s. For his 1983 article, "Higher Education and Public Policy in New York," he received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in writing about education from the New York State United Teachers. He is the author or co-author of: the chapter on "Higher Education" in the Productivity Improvement Handbook for State and Local Government; "Governors and Higher Education: Politics, Budgeting and Policy Leadership" in State Government; and "University Financial Analysis Using Interinstitutional Data" in New Directions in Institutional Research. Lane is often called on to comment on higher education practices in publications ranging from The New York Times to the Denver Post, from Community College Week to Empire State Report.
Lane holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He is the editor of Current Issues in Public Administration, 6th edition (Wadsworth, 1999) and Managing State and Local Government: Cases and Readings (St. Martin’s Press, 1980). In 1984, he was named Outstanding Academic in Public Administration by the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.