Chapter Operations


The Keystone State Chapter is the Pennsylvania branch of the American Society for Public Administration network.

Board of Directors

The 15-member Board of Directors (5 officers, plus 10 additional Board members) is elected to guide and serve the Chapter in its efforts to support our members who are at various stages of their careers in academic, government, nonprofit, and health administration organizations. To represent this broad range of public service interests and experience, we encourage seasoned professionals, new professionals, and public administration students to submit a Letter of Interest to be included in the slate of candidates for Board of Directors. A Letter of Interest form is provided to members prior to the biennial election.

  • Board of Directors Requirement: Must be a member of ASPA.
  • Term of Office: Two calendar years.

Board Duties

  • Provide advice and policy direction for chapter operations.
  • Serve on one of the Chapter’s standing committees.

Standing Committees

Primary tasks for individual committees are indicated below. All committees are responsible for coordinating activities with the President. Additional tasks for committees are to identify and archive key documents in the Chapter’s Google shared drive, and to coordinate financial matters with the Treasurer as directed by the President.

Program Committee (Chair – President)

  • Conduct a minimum of 3 business meetings per year (including biennial elections held in odd numbered years and program events.)
  • Organize program events (including an annual awards event) in conjunction with or in addition to business meetings.
    • Manage the nomination and selection process for chapter awards (Leader – Past President)
  • Plan and implement chapter partnership events and activities with other public administration organizations.

Communications Committee (Chair – Secretary)

  • Prepare and distribute minutes of Chapter business meetings.
  • Manage the Chapter email account.
  • Manage the Chapter website and provide periodic updates as needed for events, awards, and other information about the Chapter.
  • Coordinate with other committees regarding communication with Chapter members.

Membership Committee (Chair – President-Elect)

  • Promote Chapter membership for those involved in or interested in public administration.
  • Maintain the chapter membership roster (for the chapter email account contact list) based on ASPA national headquarters monthly updates.
  • Email new members to welcome them to the chapter and notify those who did not renew membership through ASPA national headquarters.
  • Manage the nomination process for the election of officers and other Board members.

Special Committees

Special Committees may be established at the direction of the President and may include members of the Board or other Chapter members. Two ongoing special committees are:

  • Finance Committee (Treasurer, President, President-Elect, and additional board members as may be selected by the President)
    • Determine procedures for the Treasurer to record Chapter financial transactions, provide reports, and archive key financial information.
    • Propose a budget for approval by a majority of the Board.
    • Identify significant issues and communicate these to the Board.
  • Fiscal Review Committee (Past President and at least two additional board members selected by the President)
    • Conduct an annual review of documentation provided by the Treasurer for Chapter revenue and expenditure transactions.
    • Prepare a financial status report for the immediate prior calendar year to be distributed to all members of the Board and archived.