The Deil S. Wright Lecture Series is hosted by the Master of Public Administration program at UNC-Chapel Hill and sponsored by Fidelity Investments and the MPA Alumni Association.
In 2002, the MPA Alumni Association honored Professor Deil Wright for his 34 years of teaching MPA students by creating the Deil S. Wright Lecture in Public Administration. Each year, a distinguished professional from the field of public administration enriches the educational experience of students, alumni, faculty, and interested members of the community.
Nationally known as an education thought leader and public policy expert, Spellings served as president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas; as president and CEO of Margaret Spellings & Company; president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She served as the U.S. Secretary of Education, overseeing the creation of the Spellings Commission Report on Higher Education, which recommended a national strategy to guide colleges and universities in preparing students for the 21st-century workforce, and implementing No Child Left Behind Act.
"What is Leadership?"
Christine Todd Whitman, Whitman Strategy Group President, Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Former New Jersey Governor
Christine Todd Whitman served in the cabineet of President George W. Bush as administrator of the EPA. Prior to that, she served as New Jersey's first female governor. As governor, she earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space. As EPA administrator, she promoted environmental improvements and championed regulations requiring nom-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions and helped to establish the first federal program to promote redevelopment and reuse of "brownfields."
“Leading the Way with Courage”
L. Douglas Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia
L. Douglas Wilder achieved a series of firsts during his more than four decades of public service. He was the first African American state senator in Virginia since Reconstruction, representing Richmond from 1969 to 1985. He became the first African American in the United States to be elected governor, leading the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. The grandson of slaves, he put himself through college by waiting tables. He earned a law degree from Howard University.
See the video of Douglas Wilder's lecture.
“Insights from a Cabinet Secretary on Leadership and Transformational Change”
The Honorable Ray LaHood, Former US Secretary of Transportation
Ray LaHood served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2009-2013, leading an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. Prior to his cabinet appointment in 2009, LaHood represented the 18th District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, from 1995 to 2009. Before that time, he was chief of staff to US Congressman Robert Michel and a district administrative assistant to Congressman Thomas Railsback. He also served in the Illinois State Legislature.
"Leadership in Service"
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the US Navy
Ray Mabus is the 75th secretary of the United States Navy. He leads America's Navy and Marine Corps and is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $150 billion and almost 900,000 people. Prior to joining the administration of President Barack Obama, Mabus served in a variety of top posts in government and the private sector. He was governor of Mississippi, ambasador to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and CEO of Foamex.
See the video of Secretary Mabus' lecture.
“Time of Reckoning: Facing Facts about the Federal Deficit”
Erskine Bowles, Co-Chair, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
Erskine Bowles is co-chair of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. He has an extensive history in politics, serving as administrator of the Small Business Administration and White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton. Mr. Bowles was also a member of the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. He served from 2005 to 2010 as president of the University of North Carolina system.
"Interrelationshipos Between Law and Public Administration"
Walter Dellinger, Melveny & Myers, Washington, DC
Walter Dellinger, a visiting professor of law at Harvard University in 2010, was on leave from a professorship at Duke Law School. He has served in the White House as an advisor on constitutional issues, was assistant attorney general and head of the Office of Legal Counsel, and served as acting solicitor general for the US Supreme Court.
"Change, Think, Innovate"
Patricia Wallace Ingraham, College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University
Patricia Wallace Ingraham is founding dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University. A public policy expert and accompished academic researcher, Ingraham has also taught at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
"Leadership and Innovation in a Changing World"
James H. Svara, Arizona State University
James Svara is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and director of the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University. He was also a professor of political science and public administration at North Carolina State University and association professor of political science at UNC-Greensboro.
Rosemary O'Leary, Professor of Publc Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University
Matthew Holden Jr., PhD, Professor in Political Science, University of Illinois, Springfield
Richard Nathan, Professor, State University of New York, Albany
“The Presidential Election of 2004 in Historical Perspective”
William Leuchtenberg, Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Articulating the Interests of Local Government in the Federal System”
Robert O’Neill, President, International City County Management Ascociation
“Transition and Transformations: Challenges facing the US Government”
David Walker, Comptroller General, US General Accountability Office