Phillip J. Cooper Selected as Morgan Professor in Local Government Excellence
Author: College of Urban and Public Affairs
Posted: February 28, 2019

Phillip J. Cooper, Professor of Public Administration, has been selected as the Douglas and Candace Morgan Professor in Local Government Excellence. These PSU professorships are created to recruit and retain world-class faculty members at the university, thus attracting exceptional students, empowering the university’s research, and serving the surrounding community.

Cooper is known among his students and colleagues as a “local government guru,” which makes him a natural fit for this professorship. He has taught public administration, political science, and public policy, and he has chaired the political science and public administration departments at other universities. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the author of numerous books and articles on topics including public policy, presidential executive orders and other directives, administrative law, the U.S. Supreme Court, and sustainable development. His latest book, Local Government Administration: Governance in Communities is forthcoming later this year. He was the first recipient of the Charles Levine Award given nationally by the American Society for Public Administration and NASPAA for the excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service. He is an honorary member of the Oregon City/County Management Association.

“It is a wonderful time to help build our strength in the local government area at a time when a generational change in leadership is taking place in communities across our state and around the nation,” says Cooper. “Our talented students and graduates are already demonstrating their great talent and energy and there is much more to do in the years ahead.”

In his new role, Professor Cooper will support faculty scholarship and the professional development of students. He will also build on the already strong relationships with the local government practitioner community in Oregon. He will also lead the highly regarded Local Government Administration specialization in the Master of Public Administration program.

The position will be funded by Professor Emeritus of Public Administration, Douglas Morgan, and his wife, Candace. Doug and Candy (as they are known to friends and colleagues) are long-time supporters of the university and deeply committed to advancing the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government through scholarship, applied research, and the professional development of students and practitioners. The Morgans have generously committed to funding the professorship for five years.

“Local government management and public service are focal areas of excellence in our Department of Public Administration,” says the college’s dean, Stephen Percy. “We are so grateful to Doug and Candace Morgan for providing support to launch this new professorship that will allow future leaders to benefit from Professor Cooper’s experience.”