Professor named to executive council of national association

Roger E. Hartley, director of Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in public affairs, was selected for a three-year term on the executive council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Roger E. Hartley

Roger E. Hartley

NASPAA serves graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs, and its Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation is the specialized accreditor of these master degree programs. Hartley, an associate professor of political science and public affairs, has previously served as one of NASPAA’s site visit team members.

In addition, he has previously served on the executive committee of the public administration and public law sections of the American Political Science Association, as well as member of the APSA Public Law Section’s teaching and mentoring award committee and committee to select the best paper in the field of public administration.

Hartley came to WCU in 2010 from the University of Arizona, where he was a tenured associate professor and director of the Rombach Institute within the School of Government and Public Policy. In addition, he served as interim director of the School of Public Administration and Policy and associate dean of the Eller College of Management from July 2008 to January 2009.

Hartley earned his bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University in 1991 and his master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Georgia in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

For more information, contact Hartley at 828-227-3494 or