The University of Delaware’s own Dr. Harvey L. White was recently awarded the 2016 National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Educator of the Year Award. This annual award is given by the nonprofit organization as a way of acknowledging an educator who has made extraordinary contributions to supporting young leaders in the industry of public service.
Founded in 1983, the NFBPA holds an annual conference to not only present awards for profound achievements in black public leadership in state and local governments, but to also provide opportunities for networking and training. Several programs are also founded by the NFBPA that provide specialized training for the preparation of future public works executives, and give access to a niche career portal for NFBPA members to receive and support advancement for public administrators.
Dr. White, a professor in University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration, took his recognition as an opportunity to speak on his commitment to the global improvement of public service. Dr. White has helped train professionals for over 25 countries that have gone on to secure positions in executive level positions in government and in for-profit and non-governmental organizations.
His contributions undoubtedly not only make him a perfect fit for the Educator of the Year Award, but also closely represent the mission statement of the NFBPA, who seek to “strengthen the position of Blacks within the field of public administration, increase the number of Blacks appointed to executive positions in public service organizations, and groom and prepare younger, aspiring administrators for senior public management posts in the years ahead.”
Dr. White’s impact on young public administrators were validated at the national conference this year, with several of his mentees being present for his acceptance of the award. He took the remainder of his time on his acceptance platform to acknowledge the impact of the NFBPA in the field of public service, while also noting how the organization has made several contributions that have ultimately led to a more culturally diverse workplace in different levels of government.
White ended his acceptance speech on a futuristic note, by pointing out that while much has been done to expand on the diversity of public administrators, their ultimate objective is still in the works.
Dr. White, a current professor in the online Master of Public Administration program, conducts research in nonprofit and community leadership, organizational management, performance evaluation and management, health policy, health inequities, healthy and active communities, and public health.