University of Pittsburgh
February 15, 2001


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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 16-- Harvey White, a professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, will receive a 2001 Presidential Citation of Merit from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for "outstanding contributions to (the organization's) international activities."

The award will be presented March 12, in Newark New Jersey, during ASPA's 62nd national conference.

The Presidential Citation of Merit recognizes the most effective activities by an individual directed toward improved public perception of public service, and advocacy on behalf of public service.

In announcing the award to White, ASPA President Marc Holzer wrote, "With great leadership and dedication, ASPA has made great strides in enhancing its international presence. Your hard work will pave the way for even greater accomplishments in the future."

Holzer selected White for his leadership role in forging international ties with public administration counterparts in Africa.

White helped organize the first International Conference on Public Management and Development Administration in South Africa in 1997 and served as general chair for the second biennial event, in Ghana in 1999. Currently, he is organizing the third conference, scheduled for June in Ethiopia.

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