La Follette School alum John Bryson received the 2011 Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration. The award honors persons who have made "outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended scholarly career of at least 25 years." Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Bryson graduated in 1972 from what is now the La Follette School of Public Affairs with a master of arts degree in public policy and administration. He went on to earn a master of science degree and then a doctorate in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Bryson works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and the design of organizational and community change processes. He wrote the best-selling and award-winning book, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 4th Edition (2011, forthcoming), and wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (2005). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Bryson has received many awards for his work, including four best book awards, three best article awards, the General Electric Award for Outstanding Research in Strategic Planning from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Research Award and the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration given by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He serves on the editorial boards of the Public Management Review, International Public Management Journal, American Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Public Affairs Education.
From 2004 to 2008 Bryson was associate dean for research at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, which became a school in 2011. From 1998 to 2000 he was director of the institute's Master of Public Affairs degree; from 1997 to 2000 he was collegiate program leader for the University of Minnesota Extension Service; from 1997 to 1999 he was director of the institute's Reflective Leadership Center; and from 1983 to 1989, he was associate director of the University of Minnesota's Strategic Management Research Center. He has consulted with a variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America and Europe.