News from the Bush School

Dr. Lori L. Taylor Appointed Head of the Department of Public Service and Administration

June 04, 2018

Lori Taylor


Dean Mark Welsh recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lori L. Taylor as the new head of the Department of Public Service and Administration (PSAA) at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. In making the announcement, Dean Welsh noted that Dr. Taylor will bring years of knowledge and experience to this position.

“Since arriving at the Bush School in 2003, Dr. Taylor has consistently been in the forefront of education policy research and implementation, both at the state and national levels,” Welsh said.

“I am confident she will continue to do that, while also providing essential leadership to the department.”

“I am excited and deeply honored to have been chosen to lead the PSAA department,” Dr. Taylor said. “I know that I have big shoes to fill, but I am ready and willing to work hard on behalf of our students and faculty. We have grown enormously since I joined the Bush School in 2003, and managing even more growth will be one of my recurring challenges.”

Dr. Taylor’s appointment is effective July 1.  She currently serves as the director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy at Texas A&M University. Prior to arriving at the Bush School, Dr. Taylor spent fourteen years as an economist and policy adviser in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Dr. Taylor holds the Verlin and Howard Kruse ’52 Founders Professorship at the Bush School and is an adjunct professor in Texas A&M’s Department of Economics. She is the principal investigator for the Texas Smart Schools Initiative and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and the Board of Governors for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for AERA Open and the Children At Risk Institute and serves on the Policy Board for Texas Aspires.

Dr. Taylor holds a bachelor of arts in economics and a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Kansas and a master’s and PhD in economics from the University of Rochester.