Marc Holzer, PhD

University Professor
Founding Dean of Rutgers SPAA (2006-2016)
Center for Urban and Public Service


PhD: University of Michigan, Political Science (1971)
MPA: University of Michigan (1967)
BA: University of Rochester (New York), Political Science (1966)


Dr. Marc Holzer is University Professor at Rutgers University and the Founding Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), where he served as such from 2006 to 2016.

Under his leadership, Rutgers SPAA – established as a school in 2006 – has attained national and international prominence and is regularly ranked as one of the top ten schools in the field by U.S. News & World Report and others. The student body at SPAA ripled between 2006-2016 becoming one of the most diverse in the field of public affairs and administration; Many graduates are prominent in academia, all levels of government, the nonprofit sector, and internationally. SPAA has become an acknowledged leader in research and in degrees oriented to public service and civic engagement, such as the recently established GEO•MPA – Global Executive Online Master in Public Administration. SPAA is heavily engaged with the greater Newark community, as well as local governments and state agencies across New Jersey.

Dr. Holzer joined the Rutgers University-Newark faculty in 1989 and was appointed Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Administration in 2006. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Dr. Holzer has authored, co-authored, or edited more than sixty books, has published well over two hundred books, monographs, chapters, and articles, and has chaired almost fifty doctoral dissertations. He has raised over $20 million in external funding.

Dr. Holzer is a Past President of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and is a recipient of several national and international awards in the field: the ASPA Dwight Waldo Award for outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career (2013); the Distinguished Research Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and the American Society for Public Administration (2009); the Sweeney Academic Award from the International City Management Association (2005); ASPA's Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service to the Community (2000); the Donald Stone National ASPA Achievement Award (1994); the Presidential Leadership Award of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (2006); the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration Excellence in Teaching Award (1998); the William and Frederick Mosher Award for Best Article by an Academician Appearing in the Public Administration Review (2001); and the Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award for Best Scholarly Publication in Performance-based Governance in a Public Administration Journal (2001). (Co-Recipient for PAR and Wholey awards with Patria deLancer Julnes).

At Rutgers, he has received the University awards for Research (2001); Public Service (2002); and Human Dignity (2004). His international work has been recognized by his election as a Fellow of the Center for Media & Peace Initiatives (2014); the Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award (2002); the Presidential Citation of the American Society for Public Administration (2003); and the Chinese Public Administration Society Award for Excellence (2002). He directs the Memoranda of Understanding between ASPA and the United Nations Division of Public Administration and Public Economics, the Korean Association of Public Administration, the Chinese Public Administration Society, and the European Group on Public Administration. He founded the Northeast Conference on Public Administration and ASPA Sections on Korea, China and Humanities/Arts. He currently chairs the ASPA Endowment.

In 1975, Dr. Holzer founded and has since directed the National Center for Public Performance. Dr. Holzer is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journals Public Performance & Management Review and Public Voices, and is the co-founder/co-editor of the Chinese Public Administration Review. With the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, he has established the Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network.

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