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Longtime ASPA Member Arie Halachmi Passes




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.


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6 Responses to Longtime ASPA Member Arie Halachmi Passes

  1. Barton Wechsler Reply

    June 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I was saddened to learn of Arie’s passing. He was not only a major contributor to our field, but also a good friend to so many of us. He will be missed.

  2. Tony Bovaird Reply

    June 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Arie Halachmi played a major role in the 1990s and into the new millenium in bringing together scholars from the US and Europe specialising in public performance management. I was one of the many scholars who benefited personally from his challenging critiques, his highly original insights, his friendly advice and his thoughtful introductions to new networks and key people who could help with my research. He championed the work of generations of new scholars, giving them the chance to present their work to wider audiences at conference tracks and academic workshops and he always preached the virtues of a ‘pracademic’ approach, in which academic work sought to improve practice as well as learn from it. He was always great fun to be with, had boundless energy and commitment, which was very infectious, and will be greatly missed.

  3. SS, the quiet one Reply

    June 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you for informing me of Dr. Halachmi’s passing.
    I met him at the SECoPA, Cocoa Beach, 1993, while still in grad school. He inquired to staff about getting a lower cost, non-taxi ride after the event. An eminent ASPA person (to remain unnamed) persuaded me that I was up to the task, (though in reality I first wanted to say, “NO,” but instead, was a good sport and accepted the challenge. Professor Arie got a early morning ride to a major airport due west, down the famed Bee Line Expressway. During the trip, I learned about his favorite foods–a person who “never missed a good, home-cooked meal,” (his words), and preferential philosophies about teaching PA and experiencing American-style quality of life (was happy living in the eastern portion Tennessee, home state of my grandmother). He was indeed a character and the PA world will miss him.

  4. David Ammons Reply

    June 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

    It’s sad to learn of Arie’s passing. He was a good scholar and a very nice and thoughtful person.

    David Ammons
    Universtiy of North Carolina

  5. Stephen Gordon Reply

    June 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Learning of Arie’s passing makes me very sad. He was a wonderful, brilliant person who cared deeply for the practice and study of public administration and understood the importance of connecting the two. I admired and respected Arie tremendously. I will miss him and his wise counsel.

    Stephen B. Gordon
    Program Director, Graduate Certificate in Public
    Procurement and Contract Management
    Old Dominion University

  6. Eleanor Glor Reply

    June 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I am sorry to hear of Arie’s passing. Arie has been a member of the Editorial Board of The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal for many years. Many thanks are due him both for reviewing papers and for publishing a paper in TIJ entitled Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Governance and Accountability Issues in Civil-Society-Based Organizations, Volume 12(3), 2007. I also considered him a friend and someone I always sought out at ASPA conferences. We missed him at the last two conferences.
    Arie will be missed.

    Eleanor Glor
    The Innovation Journal

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