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Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

by Antoinette Mercurio

October 26, 2007

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada Jack Layton (left) and Chancellor Emeritus David Crombie (right) remember the early days of the Public Administration program at the Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration at Ryerson Anniversary event.
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After 45 years, the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University exhibits the same raw energy that it started with in 1962. Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration at Ryerson brought together a panel of political and academic leaders, including former faculty members Jack Layton and David Crombie, to discuss the art and science of teaching public administration.

Keynote speaker Crombie, Chancellor Emeritus of Ryerson, was one of the first faculty members to teach in the program. He explained that public administration is all about the practice of it.

"Ryerson does a great job balancing both theory and practice. The world of public administration is about ideas, activism and spirituality," Crombie said. "It's about creating ideas, implementing them and being an ethicist. Ryerson is truly a magical place to me because I learned so much more about public administration through the students and the program."

Now Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, Layton taught at Ryerson for 10 years. He offered some of his observations about Ryerson and the nature of public administration.

"I'm thrilled to see 45 years of history. I experienced such joy being here. Teaching at Ryerson is among the happiest times of my life," Layton said. "The Program's combination of teaching and hard work is a great fit here. I'm a big believer in Ryerson. I love the connection teachers have with students, who are connected to the community. This promotes learning because they learn from the community."

Seven people were on the panel, ranging from academics and alumni to public servants. Department Chair Neil Thomlinson marks the milestone as a testament to the program's success.

"The Public Administration program serves those people who already have jobs in the broader public service, but whose advancement may be limited by a lack of formal post-secondary education," Dr. Thomlinson said. "This program makes it possible for such people to complete a university degree while remaining in their jobs. We can take a lot of pride in a program that is making a real, tangible difference in a whole lot of lives."

Also announced at the Anniversary celebration was the creation of a new student award, The Honourable David Crombie Public Administration Award. The scholarship recognizes the contribution that Crombie has made not only to Ryerson but also to the field of public administration through a lifetime of public service at the municipal, provincial and national levels. It will be given annually to a student in the program who demonstrates academic excellence and who is in need of financial help.

"The 45th Anniversary of the Public Administration program is a most appropriate time to commemorate this scholarship in honour of David Crombie," said Carla Cassidy, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. "This is a fitting and lasting tribute which Ryerson University wanted to make to David. We wish to support our students in their academic achievements, preparing them for public service in all its importance and variety."

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The Panel, Left to Right: Danny Bourne, Marg Rappolt, Paul Thomas, Neil Thomlinson, Tanya (Shoo Shoo) King Maracle

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

The Panel, Left to Right: Greg Inwood, Jack Layton, Gerda Kaegi.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Neil Thomlinson – Department Chair – chaired the panel, introduced the panellists, and thanked the sponsors of the event.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Professor Emerita Gerda Kaegi spoke about the development of the program and the Department.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Paul Thomas – Duff Roblin Professor of Government at the University of Manitoba – spoke about the evolution of the study of public administration.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Paul Thomas – Duff Roblin Professor of Government at the University of Manitoba – spoke about the evolution of the study of public administration.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Marg Rappolt – Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in the Ontario government – spoke about the importance of public administration education in an evolving public service and about the opportunities that exist for graduates of public administration programs.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Danny Bourne – Captain and Designated Acting District Chief in the Toronto Fire Services – spoke about the relevance of public administration education and about his experiences in obtaining both a BA (Public Administration and Governance) and an MA (Public Policy and Administration) from Ryerson.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Tanya (Shoo Shoo) King Maracle spoke about the importance of public administration education to First Nations administration and about her experience as both a student and a Tutor/Mentor in the Public Administration and Governance program delivered in partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute. Having now received her BA, Shoo Shoo is pursuing a Masters degree.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Tanya (Shoo Shoo) King Maracle spoke about the importance of public administration education to First Nations administration and about her experience as both a student and a Tutor/Mentor in the Public Administration and Governance program delivered in partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute. Having now received her BA, Shoo Shoo is pursuing a Masters degree.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Jack Layton – Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and formerly a member of the faculty in the Department – spoke about his experiences at Ryerson and how they informed his later activities as City Councillor, MP, and party Leader.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Jack Layton – Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and formerly a member of the faculty in the Department – spoke about his experiences at Ryerson and how they informed his later activities as City Councillor, MP, and party Leader.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Jack Layton – Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and formerly a member of the faculty in the Department – spoke about his experiences at Ryerson and how they informed his later activities as City Councillor, MP, and party Leader.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Greg Inwood – Professor in the Department (and Anniversary organiser) – spoke about the evolution of public administration text books and teaching.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Greg Inwood – Professor in the Department (and Anniversary organiser) – spoke about the evolution of public administration text books and teaching.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Sheldon Levy – President of Ryerson University – introduced the keynote speaker, the Hon. David Crombie.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Sheldon Levy – President of Ryerson University – introduced the keynote speaker, the Hon. David Crombie.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

The Honourable David Crombie, P.C. – Chancellor Emeritus of Ryerson University, former Mayor of Toronto, former MP and member of the federal Cabinet, and one of the first faculty members to teach public administration at Ryerson – delivered a humorous and inspiring address in which he recounted some of his own experiences at Ryerson, the development of public administration at Ryerson, and the importance of such education in building a better society.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

The Honourable David Crombie, P.C. – Chancellor Emeritus of Ryerson University, former Mayor of Toronto, former MP and member of the federal Cabinet, and one of the first faculty members to teach public administration at Ryerson – delivered a humorous and inspiring address in which he recounted some of his own experiences at Ryerson, the development of public administration at Ryerson, and the importance of such education in building a better society.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

The Honourable David Crombie, P.C. – Chancellor Emeritus of Ryerson University, former Mayor of Toronto, former MP and member of the federal Cabinet, and one of the first faculty members to teach public administration at Ryerson – delivered a humorous and inspiring address in which he recounted some of his own experiences at Ryerson, the development of public administration at Ryerson, and the importance of such education in building a better society.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Carla Cassidy – Dean of Arts and a faculty member in the Department – thanked David Crombie and announced the creation of the Honourable David Crombie Public Administration Award.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration

Dr. Carla Cassidy – Dean of Arts and a faculty member in the Department – thanked David Crombie and announced the creation of the Honourable David Crombie Public Administration Award.

Celebrating 45 Years of Public Administration