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Kuotsai “Tom” Liou Will Assume Presidency of Society in 2012

Christine McCrehin

Kuotsai “Tom” Liou, a professor at the University of Central Florida, has been elected ASPA vice president and will become president of the organization in 2012. Liou will officially assume the office of vice president at ASPA’s Annual Conference in San José, CA, April 9-13, 2010.

At that time, Meredith Newman, professor and director of the School of Public Administration at Florida International University, will become president replacing Paul Posner, a professor at George Mason University, who will become immediate past president. Erik Bergrud, senior director, community and government relations for Park University will become president-elect. Newly elected National Council members will also assume their seats at the conference (see list at left).

Liou has served the society on local, national and international levels and has 30 years of professional public service experience as a practitioner and professor.

After receiving the news of his election, Liou agreed to take a few moments to tell
PA TIMES readers a bit about the goals he has for his tenure as an ASPA officer.

How does it feel to be elected vice president of ASPA? I am honored to be elected vice president, and I am grateful for the support of many friends at the local, national and international levels. It has been a positive learning experience for me to contact many friends for the last several months and to listen to their concerns and suggestions about ASPA’s future development.

What are the issues or goals that you plan to address once in office? I am concerned about the issues of promoting diversity and accountability in public service; strengthening our capacity to address new challenges; developing international collaborative initiatives; enhancing technology applications; and encouraging participation by young scholars and practitioners. These issues have been mentioned in our ASPA strategic plan, and I want to emphasize them in my term and develop successful strategies to achieve these goals.

What will you do over the next two years to ensure your goals can be achieved? I look forward to working with the current leadership team to address these important issues of diversity, accountability, capacity, and collaboration. I want to contact many members, especially young members, to listen to their suggestions and to encourage their participation and contributions. I also want to reach out to other public professional organizations to seek their collaboration and develop partnership opportunities.

Where would you like to see ASPA once you finish your term as president? I would like to see ASPA strengthen its financial resources, technology and social media utilization and active chapters and sections. In addition, I would like to see ASPA recognized as the most effective advocate for public service in America and as the leading organization in the world promoting scholarship and professionalism in public service.

Anything you would like to add? It is an exciting time to be a part of ASPA leadership! I appreciate the support from our members. I am ready to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to address challenging issues and to enhance the success of ASPA. Please contact me if you have any suggestions ([email protected]). Thank you.

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