Knott to head international public affairs organization
Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC Price School of Public Policy, will serve as president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the organization announced on Nov. 28.
NASPAA is an international membership organization of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs and is the recognized accreditor of master’s programs in public affairs. Its more than 280 members annually confer more than 10,000 master’s degrees.
Knott took the reins of USC Price in August 2005 as the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor. He has served as chair of NASPAA’s Policy Issues Committee and as a member of NASPAA’s governing board. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
“Since becoming dean at USC in 2005, Jack Knott has quickly gained international stature in the public affairs education community,” said Laurel McFarland, executive director of NASPAA. “His effective leadership in the drive to reform federal hiring of students, his engagement with national and international policy issues related to public affairs education, and his articulate strategic vision for the future of our field have greatly benefited our member schools. We are honored to have him as our president.”