University at Albany

Excellence in Academic Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2010 for Excellence in Academic Service.

George RichardsonGeorge RichardsonPublic Administration and Policy

Over the years since joining UAlbany in1987, Dr. George Richardson has served in every leadership position in the Department of Public Administration & Policy and on countless committees within the Rockefeller College. He was department chair, Ph.D. director, Public Affairs and Policy master's program director, and director of the Certificate Program for Advanced Study in Planning and Policy Analysis, holding at least one key post for every year of his appointment. Dr. Richardson is known for taking up tasks because they are important to the improvement of the university, the college and his department. He encourages junior colleagues, and builds a collegial atmosphere where excellence and making a difference count, while remaining modest and humble about his own contributions. Beyond the University, Dr. Richardson played a central role in the development of the field of systems dynamics and has held such key leadership roles as President of the Society, founding Vice President for publications, Editor of the System Dynamics Review, and Program Chair of its international conference. He takes the time to work behind the scenesówithout regard for recognition or rewardóto work directly on real problems in the world that he can help solve. For his consistency in bringing about change using his intellectual work for the good of others, we are delighted to present the 2010 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Service to Dr. George Richardson.

Excellence in Academic Service

Gwen Moore George Richardson
Gwen Moore
Sociology and Women
George Richardson
Public Administration and Policy

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