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Baruch College's David Birdsell, Ph.D. Elected to NASPAA Executive Council

BirdsellNEW YORK, NY, November 8, 2011 - The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) announced David Birdsell, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, is among the four active public affairs faculty elected to three-year terms on NASPAA’s Executive Council.

Dean Birdsell has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. He studies public access to information technology and advises nonprofit and governmental institutions on their communication and technology programs. His recent work on developing public sector leaders has led to the creation of more than 20 leadership programs offered in partnership with government and nonprofit organizations in New York. Birdsell’s work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders.

In addition to the NASPAA, Birdsell also serves on the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee and the Media Advisory Committee of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights as well as on the boards of the Volunteer Consulting Group and the New York Census Research Data Center. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.

The NASPAA announced Birdsell’s election during its Annual Conference held in late October. In addition Nadia Rubaii, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University was elected the 2011-12 President of the NASPAA. Jack Knott, Dean of the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, was elected Vice President and President-elect. To learn about the NASPAA and the other members elected to the Executive Council visit




Manny Romero, Baruch College, 646-660-6112,

Stuart Heiser, The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, / 202-628-8965 x106

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