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David Liebschutz Honored by State Academy for Public Administrations

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 15, 2005) -- David S. Liebschutz, Rockefeller College assistant dean for career and alumni programs and public service professor has received the first-ever Arnold L. Steigman Excellence in Teaching Public Administration Award from the State Academy for Public Administration.

The Steigman award honors the late Arnold Steigman, who spent 40 years as a government official in 11 different agencies until his retirement in 1995. In addition, he taught public administration on a part-time basis at the City University of New York, Long Island University and Empire State College.

Rockefeller College Dean Frank Thompson said, “David has had extremely high student ratings since he began teaching for us five years ago and this award makes public what many of us have known for a long time--that he is a skilled teacher and mentor to our students.”

Liebschutz, who holds law and policy degrees from Duke University and an economics degree from Yale, has taught budget and finance classes in the College’s public administration and policy department since January 2000. He joined the college full-time last July on an interim basis and was appointed permanently as assistant dean in May 2005.

Prior to joining the College, he was the executive director of the University at Albany Hillel for four years and received two community awards for his work there. Before his service at Hillel, he was the 1999 Ian Axford Fellow in Wellington, New Zealand and spent fifteen years in government-related work in Albany and Washington D.C.

Rockefeller College provides educational preparation for academic and public service careers, to undertake research on significant public problems and issues, and to assist in the continuing professional development of government executives. Rockefeller College is composed of the departments of political science and public administration and policy and has an enhanced interdisciplinary approach to its public policy mission. It is currently ranked tenth among schools of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report.


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