Robert L. Bland, professor of public administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, has earned an award from the Texas City Management Association.
Bland, who also serves as chair of the Department of Public Administration, is the first recipient of the Terrell Blodgett Academician Award, which was established by the association to recognize the contributions of university scholars to the study and practice of local government management. The award, named for an emeritus faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin, was presented June 22 at the association's conference in San Antonio.
He also has been named recipient of this year's Stephen B. Sweeney Academic Award from the International City/County Management Association. The award will be presented at ICMA's annual conference in October.
Bland is the author of several books on local government finance, most recently A Budgeting Guide for Local Government published in June 2007 by the International City/County Management Association. An earlier text authored by Bland, Financing City Government in Texas, received the Excellence in Research Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.
Bland joined the UNT faculty at UNT in 1982 and, along with the other faculty in political science, helped establish the then-new Department of Public Administration.
He now serves as the department's first chair and teaches courses in government finance management, revenue policy and governmental budgeting. He helped the department achieve its top ten ranking in city management and urban policy graduate curriculum by U.S. News and World Report magazine in 2004, the most recent ranking.
Bland has been a consultant to a number of local governments and private and nonprofit organizations. He also has been a speaker at several national and regional conferences for managers and legislators in state and local government. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review and Municipal Finance Journal, and recently completed service on the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the national body responsible for accrediting master of public affairs degree programs.
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