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David B. Johnson Award

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The David B. Johnson Award is awarded annually to an MPA student.  The award recognizes Johnson’s interest in academic achievement for those entering the public sector, an inquiring mind about public policy issues, and a commitment to improving public management/policy.

David B. Johnson was a Professor of Economics at LSU who initiated the Master of Public Administration Program in 1972.   He initiated the program with very little support from the college or university, but believed that public management/public policy were important components in the modern society.  Johnson, himself, was a public choice theorist from the University of Virginia who had studied with Professor James Buchanan, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in Economics in 1986.  Buchanan, a graduate of the University of Chicago, initiated research on how politicians’ self-interest and non-economic forces affected public decision making and economic policy.  David Johnson followed this research interest.  He served in the U.S. Department of Treasury during the Presidency of Gerald B. Ford and worked on healthcare issues.  Johnson taught the Public Finance (ECON 4110) course for many years.  He maintained the MPA Program from 1972 through 1984 when the Public Administration Institute was instituted. Johnson was a very energetic researcher and a tremendous person with whom to have lunch or dinner.  He was an engaging conversationalist and a very bright mind.  

 



Headshot of Nicole Wesley

Nicole Wesley
2018-2019

Headshot of D'Spain

Erica D'Spain
2017-2018

Mark Richards headshot

Mark Richards
2016-2017

Mason Hess headshot

Mason Hess
2015-2016

Crystal Carter headshot

Crystal Carter
2014-2015

LaTosha Mullins headshot

LaTosha Mullins
2013-2014

Rachel Godeaux headshot

Rachel Godeaux
2013-2014

Scott Manguno headshot

Scott Manguno
2012-2013

Carlos Malbrew headshot

Carols Malbrew
2012-2013

Danielle Nienabar headshot

Danielle Neinabar
2011-2012

Sarah Bradford headshot

Sara Bradford
2010-2011

 

Astrid Merget Award

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The Astrid Merget award is awarded annually to an MPA student. This award was created to honor Astrid Merget and to make sure each generation of students will appreciate Merget’s contributions to the LSU MPA Program and to the profession in terms of commitment and dedication to public service, citizenship, and community engagement. In her memory the LSU Public Administration Institute and E. J. Ourso College of Business created the The Astrid Merget Award for Commitment to Public Service and Citizenship.

Professor Astrid Merget had an acute commitment to public service and citizenship, public policy, and public management.  She appreciated the importance of the private economy but recognized that a commitment to public service, citizenship, and public policy were essential to enhance the community and the market economy. 

 







Headshot of Ashley Coates Delrie

Ashley Coates Delrie
2019

Christina Bastien headshot

Christina Bastien
2018

Noble Young headshot

Noble-Bates Young
2017

Amanda Galonek headshot

Amanda Galonek
2016

Sarah Brown headshot

Sarah Brown
2015