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Bush School Awards Two Professorships

March 05, 2013

March 5, 2013

Dr. William Brown and Dr. Lori Taylor, professors in the Master of Public Service and Administration program (MPSA), were recently awarded prestigious professorships, approved by Dr. Karan L Watson, Texas A&M University provost.

Dr. William Brown

Dr. Brown, associate professor and program director of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, was appointed to the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship, established in 1998.  His research focuses on nonprofit governance and organizational effectiveness, and he currently teaches courses on management and leadership of nonprofits, as well as courses on social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Brown has long been heavily involved with local and national nonprofits, including consultancy work for BoardSource in Washington, DC, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona; and he has received numerous grants to support his research in the field of nonprofit management. He currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Brazos Valley, and is the faculty advisor of the Public Service Organization at the Bush School.  Dr. Brown has been a professor at the Bush School since 2006.

Dr. Lori Taylor

Dr. Taylor, also an associate professor in the MPSA program, was appointed to the Verlin and Howard Kruse ‘52/Founders Professorship, established to honor the professors who founded the Bush School, including Dr. Charles F. Hermann, Dr. Arnold Vedlitz, and Dr. George Edwards.  She regularly teaches courses on economics and public finance, as well as independent directed studies for Bush School students. Taylor has been a professor at the Bush School since 2003 and holds several teaching awards, including the Silver Star Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Bush Faculty Excellence Award.

Taylor has served as a consultant on school finance issues for various legislative committees and state and federal agencies, including the Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts and the National Center for Education Statistics.  She currently advises a Capstone project examining student perspectives on developmental education in Texas community colleges.

“Dr. Brown and Dr. Taylor are outstanding examples of the high quality of our faculty and their significant impact on public policy,” said acting dean Andy Card.  “Their public service as well as their outstanding teaching and research bring credit to the Bush School, and reinforce our firm commitment to reaching outside academe to help create a better world,” he added.