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H. George Frederickson, leading scholar and renowned author was presented the 2015 Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award at the ASPA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Frederickson has a lengthy and distinguished career in public administration as an ethics administrator and scholar. He is the author of Social Equity and Public Administration: Origins, Developments, and Applications. He specializes in public organization and management with an emphasis on local government.
Currently, Frederickson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He is President Emeritus of Eastern Washington University. He has served as ASPA president and the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at the University of Oxford and a Fellow at Balliol College.
He is the founding editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the co-author of Measuring the Performance of the Hollow State, The Public Administration Theory Primer, and The Adapted City: Institutional Dynamics and Structural Change. Frederickson specializes in public sector ethics and served part-time for nine years as the Ethics Administrator for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.
Also honored at the luncheon was the Akron PeaceMakers. The student group was recognized with the 2015 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Exemplary Practice Award for their innovative idea to design and print palm-sized cards that provides tips to citizens on how to act when they interact with the police. In the wake of several police-related shootings across the country, including in Cleveland, OH, the group was inspired to create the card to help educate the public and improve relations between law enforcement and their community. The cards were distributed in schools, churches and to neighborhood groups.