Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, October 15, 2015

La Follette School Director Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Public Administration

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-by Colin T. Higgins

La Follette School of Public Affairs Director Susan Webb Yackee was elected as one of 800 fellows to the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration in early October.

The Academy is the top body in the US that tackles complex issues of building more effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations. The Academy accomplishes this task through its approximately 800 fellows who are elected yearly by their peers. These fellows are experts in areas such as program evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and organizational design.

The Academy was established in 1967 and chartered by congress to assist federal, state, and local government leaders by providing independent, nonpartisan, expert research and analysis. It is one of two organizations in the US chartered with such a task, the other being the equally respected National Academy of Sciences.

Fellows include Members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. “Fellowship in the National Academy is among the highest marks of achievement in the field of Public Administration,” said La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager. “I could think of few people as qualified for such an honor as Susan, and we are fortunate to have such a renowned scholar as the Director of the La Follette School,” Shager continued.

Yackee has a distinguished research career across the field of public administration. She is respected for her research on US government policymaking, administrative law, and interest group politics. She was recently awarded $500,000 from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for an ongoing project on regulatory policymaking at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Her decorated career has included numerous top research awards from UW–Madison, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellowship, and the Harry S. Truman scholarship for public service.

Prior to her academic career, Yackee worked as a legislative research assistant in the U.S. Senate. She has continued to advise on Congressional legislation through her career.

Yackee will be inducted as a fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration alongside her 800 esteemed colleagues at the organization’s annual meeting in December. She will serve in this capacity for one year.