Director of Truman School of Public Affairs appointed, will start in September | Higher Education

COLUMBIA — The interim dean of the MU College of Arts and Science announced the new director of the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs on Monday.

Lael Keiser, professor of public policy and administration at MU, will begin in the position on Sept. 1, the same day the school will be incorporated into the College of Arts and Science, according to a news release. Keiser’s annual salary for the position will be $139,333, according to Sheena Rice, operations manager of the MU News Bureau.

In her role as director, Keiser will manage the operations of the Truman School while simultaneously coordinating a strategic plan to create opportunities for research, education and outreach in public affairs, according to the release.

“Dr. Keiser is uniquely qualified to lead the Truman School of Public Affairs as it transitions into the College of Arts and Science,” interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science Patricia Okker said in the release. “She is committed to building on the Truman School’s tradition of interdisciplinary work by building new collaborations both on and off campus.”

Keiser has been on faculty at MU since 1996 when she was hired as an assistant professor of political science. In 2003, she began serving a dual appointment between political science and the Truman School.

Now, her primary research interests focus on administrative politics, public management and policy process. She serves on editorial boards of the Public Administration Review and the Journal of Public Administration: Research and Theory.

Keiser has received the Herbert Simon Award from the Midwest Political Science Association; the Rita Mae Kelly Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the Wilder School Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis for her research contributions.

“I am excited to serve the Truman School during this period of transition,” Keiser said in the news release. “This program is committed to preparing students for professional excellence and leadership in public policy, public management and public service. I look forward to serving the students, faculty and staff of the University of Missouri in this role.”

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