Dr. Herb Asher was appointed a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in 2016. The creation of the Glenn College would not be possible without Dr. Asher who served as the founding director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy. He was instrumental in creating many of the institute’s programs that have carried over to the Glenn College, most notably the college’s Washington Academic Internship Program.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Asher has been a faculty member of the Dept. of Political Science, where he is a professor emeritus, and he has served Ohio State as counselor to the university president and senior vice president for government affairs. He has also been a former member and chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission and a member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
He continues to teach courses in political science that many Glenn College undergraduates take as part of their degree program. He also provides strategic advice and counsel to the college on government affairs issues, and offers his insights on the political process to the Glenn College community.
Asher received his BA in mathematics from Bucknell in 1966 and both his MA (1968) and Ph.D. (1970) in political science from the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous books and articles, including"Polling and the Public: What Every Citizen Should Know".
Professor Emeritus, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University. Directed the College’s Doctoral Studies Program and taught in the economics sequence of the MPA and
doctoral programs. Prior to Ohio State, an economist with the with the Illinois Economic and Fiscal
Commission and a Research Fellow in Economic Studies and Research Associate in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution. Ph.D. in economics from the State University of
New York at Albany.
Research on a variety of public economics and policy topics including fiscal federalism, welfare reform, child support enforcement, public service employment, urban development, and citizen engagement in local self government. Published in a variety of academic journals including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Administration and Development, Urban Affairs Quarterly/Review, Social Service Review, Political Science Quarterly, and Journal of Human Resources. Co-authored two books, "Revenue Sharing: The Second Round" (Brookings) and "Public Service Employment: The Experience of a Decade" (Upjohn Institute).
Consultant with various public and not-for-profit agencies including the US Department of the Treasury/Office of Revenue Sharing, the US State Department/South Africa, the Open Society Institute of Budapest/OECD, the Government of Belize/USAID, the Center for Local Autonomy, Seoul, Korea, the Federal Employment Services of Russia/World Bank, the US Department of Health and Human Services/ASPE, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development/Tanzania, the Brookings Institution, and Princeton University’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies.
Professional service includes chairing NASPAA’s Doctoral Studies Committee and APPAM’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee; discussant for the annual NTA Outstanding Dissertation Award; and advisory committees at the Urban Institute, GAO, HUD, HHS, the Ohio Child Support Advisory Committee, and the Franklin County Metropolitan Human Services Commission.
Professor Huff received his Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University in 1974. He taught at the University of California, Irvine from 1974 – 1976 and at Purdue University from 1976 – 1979 before returning to Ohio State from 1979 - 1999, where his teaching focused on criminal justice policy and management. He also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii in 1995. While at OSU, he directed the Criminal Justice Research Center from 1979 – 1999 and served as the School’s director from 1994 – 1999. He also served on both the executive council (1995 – 1998) and the finance committee (1997 – 2001) of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). After retiring from OSU, he returned to the University of California, Irvine, where he served as dean of the School of Social Ecology from 1999 – 2009 and is currently Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society.
Dr. Douglas N. Jones is the Harold L. and Audrey P. Enarson Professor (Emeritus) of Public Policy & Management at the Ohio State University and has been a member of the faculty since 1978. He was also the founding director of the National Regulatory Research Institute and served in that role from 1978 to 1998.
His fields of specialization are public utility and antitrust economics, economic development, privatization, and public budgeting. He publishes mainly in the field of regulatory economics, deregulation and privatization.
His international consulting has been with Canada, Costa Rica, Argentina, Bolivia, and Egypt.
After earning a Ph.D. in economics from Ohio State University he was a professor of economics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Chief Economist on the President’s Committee for Developing Alaska, Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Regional Economic Development, and worked on the congressional staff from 1969 to 1978, first as Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Senator, then as Assistant Chief, Economics Division of the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Larry Libby was the former Interim Director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy and former holder of university's C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, housed within AED Economic.
He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1970 and spent 26 years as a professor and administrator at the University of Florida and Michigan State before coming to Ohio in 1997.
His research program focuses on the economic consequences of alternative institutional devices for affecting patterns of resource use. He works on subjects related to competition for land and water at the rural-urban interface; policies designed to affect the rights and responsibilities of competitors for natural resources; the environmental consequences and contributions of production agriculture; and the economic and social performance of policies and institutions affecting the use of natural resources.
Libby spent 26 years as a professor and administrator at the University of Florida and Michigan State before coming to Ohio in 1997.
Mary K. Marvel received her Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University. Her research interests include policy formulation, implementation, and program evaluation.
Professor Marvel has published in the Journal of Human Resources, Administration and Society, Policy Studies Review, Public Choice, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Education Finance, and Urban Affairs Review. She is on the Editorial Board of Evaluation Review.
She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Osaka University in Osaka, Japan, and a Visiting Research Associate at the Center for Socio-Legal Studies at Wolfson College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Charles Wise is the founding director of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
He previously served as associate dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs of Indiana University, and was a full professor of Public Affairs there.
Wise has served as president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He has also served in the United States Department of Justice first as Special Assistant for Policy Analysis in the Office of Legislative Affairs and then as director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Department.
He is the former managing editor of the Public Administration Review. He has three times been awarded the William and Frederick Mosher Award (for 1985, 1991, and 1992) by the American Society for Public Administration for the best academic article to be published in the Public Administration Review for the year. He is the only recipient of the Award to have received it three times.
From 1994 to 2013, Wise served as the project director of the Parliamentary Development Project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to assist the Parliament of Ukraine in developing as a democratic institution.
Bill Shkurti retired in 2010 after 20 years as OSU’s Vice President for Business and Finance. He also served as Director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management and chief of staff to the chair if the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. Bill has also served on a number of non-profit boards, including the James Cancer Hospital, Shawnee State University, Ohio Student Loan Commission, Transportation Research Center and the Upper Arlington Library.
He is an OSU graduate with a degree with Distinction in Economics in 1968 and a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1974. He received the John Glenn College Outstanding Public Service Award in 2005. His teaching and research interests include public budgeting and financial management. He has written journal articles on revenue forecasting, the economic impact of Honda in Ohio and role of health care in Ohio’s economy. He has also published two statistical profiles of the State of Ohio (Benchmark Ohio 1989 and 1991) and a book on the challenges of the drawdown from Vietnam War, Soldiering on in a Dying War, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2011.
Don Stenta is the Ohio State University's Assistant Vice President for Alumni Experiences and played an important role in the founding of the Glenn College as he served as the Associate Director of the John Glenn Institute and carried that role over into the Glenn School. Since that time Stenta has been an instructor and mentor to many of our students and taught modules in many of our professional development programs.
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