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Vision & Mission


The Center for Public Service synthesizes the Hatfield School of Government's teaching, 
research and service-related activities and applies this practical know
ledge to build leadership and improve the effectiveness of public service professionals and organizations.





The Center for Public Service aspires to enhance the legitimacy of - and citizen trust in - public service institutions and the people who work in them. We do this by:

  • Cultivating and empowering effective, ethical and innovative leaders and managers in government, nonprofit, and other mission-driven organizations
  • Improving personal and organizational performance
  • Expanding capacity for effective participation in governance networks
  • Providing intellectual leadership through applied research and the dissemination of practical knowledge.


Through the integration of theory, scholarly research and practice, the Center enhances the legitimacy and effectiveness of public service institutions and democratic governance. We do this through:

Public service professionals and organizations that partner with CPS will acquire knowledge and skills that will tangibly and significantly improve individual performance and leadership and organizational public service capabilities.