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By PA TIMES
Longtime ASPA member and volunteer leader Arie Halachmi passed away on June 4 in Nashville, TN. Halachmi was an active and well-known member for more than two decades. He served in several leadership roles at the chapter and national level.
In 2010, he was awarded the Paul P. Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service. This award recognizes an ASPA member who has made significant contributions to both the academic and practitioner communities of public administration. Halachmi’s tireless efforts to bridge the classroom and the practice of public administration were well known. A self-proclaimed pracademic, Halachmi had a rich track record of publications on public sector performance, program evaluation and policy analysis. He earned a global reputation for his work at Tennessee State University Institute of Government.
An ASPA member since the mid-1990s, Halachmi was active with the Section on Public Performance and Management as well as other ASPA Sections including the Section for Professional and Organizational Development and the Section on Historical, Artistic and Reflective Expression.
He served as managing editor for Public Performance and Management Review, SPPM’s journal. Marc Holzer, dean of Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration noted that Halachmi was “a powerful intellectual force, often raising questions that others did not perceive or did not want to address. He was constantly questioning the validity of assumptions and the power of policy-by-inertia, so to speak.”
Sen. Jim Cooper in describing Halachmi and his contributions to his home state Tennessee said, “Over the last three decades, Halachmi has become one of the world’s leading experts on public sector performance and productivity.” He received the Goodwill Ambassador Award from Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in 2004.
Funeral services for Halachmi were held Friday, June 6 in Nashville.