Patrick Goldsmith Named MPA Alumnus of the Year, PAISA Day Held
BATON ROUGE – Patrick Goldsmith, director of the House of Representatives Fiscal Division, was honored during this year’s PAISA Day celebration as the Master of Public Administration Alumnus of the Year by the LSU Public Administration Institute.
PAI and the Public Administration Institute Student Association co-hosted PAISA Day on April 17 at the Business Education Complex, home of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, for the first time. The event honors students, MPA alumni, Pi Alpha Alpha inductees and the LSU PAI Alumnus of the Year. This year’s event also featured a special panel discussion that included four former Louisiana governors: Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Edwin Edwards, Murphy “Mike” Foster and Buddy Roemer.
According to PAI Director Jim Richardson, Goldsmith’s choice as alumnus of the year was a unanimous one.
“After 19 years in the Performance Auditing Section, Patrick took on the challenge he currently has about a year ago,” Richardson said. “He is responsible for overseeing the research, analysis, drafting and committee staffing on fiscal matters for the House, and his oversight includes the Appropriations Committee and the Ways & Means Committee; he comes to speak to our students in many of our classes and he made our choice this year a simple one.”
Accepting his award during the event, Goldsmith remarked that when he and his future wife, whom he married two days after they graduated, were in the MPA program, there were only 20 students. Today, the program, which is also now accredited, averages 120 students at any given time and boasts nearly 900 graduates.
“Without Dr. (Jim) Richardson, I wouldn’t be here,” Goldsmith said. “I knew I wanted to do auditing. I was a strange guy. I wanted to do auditing and went into the MPA program. I was a business major, which was strange back then. He took a personal interest. I said, ‘I know I want to do auditing. I have no idea how to do it. Where do I go?’ and he not only helped me find the auditor’s office but helped me get my first internship, and that led to a 19-year career. So without that guidance, I wouldn’t have even had that career.”
Goldsmith is the former director of Performance Auditing and Actuarial Service for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. In addition to serving on the Southern Legislative Conference Government Operations Committee, he is a past member of the executive committee of the National legislative Program Evaluation Society and a past chairman of the performance audit committee of the Southwest Intergovernmental Audit Forum and also served on the Performance Measurement Advisory Committee for the Sloan/IIA State and Local Government Performance Measurement Project.
The Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a 42-hour degree program that emphasizes management and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit and healthcare organizations and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. PAI’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally-recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit www.business.lsu.edu/pai or call 225-578-6743.