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NYU Professor to Examine George W. Bush's Effect on the Presidency

March 16, 2005

[ Paul Light ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Renowned public affairs expert Paul C. Light will present Ohio Wesleyan University's 4th Annual Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture on Public Affairs, "The Shrinking American Presidency: Prospects for a Domestic Policy Legacy in the Bush Second Term" on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.
"Professor Light will provide provocative insights into President Bush's attempts to make his mark in the history books through domestic policy initiatives such as Social Security reform, the No Child Left Behind Act, tax cuts and environmental policies," said Craig Ramsay, professor of politics and government. "His extensive practical experiences in Washington, D.C., as well as in universities as a teacher and researcher, make him a great role model for students of public affairs."
Currently the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, Light has split his career between academia and applied research and practice. After earning his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1980, Light began his teaching career as an assistant professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. He left UVA in 1984 to take on the role of director of studies at the National Academy of Public Administration, where he spent three years. Light went on to serve as special adviser to the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and senior adviser to the National Commission on the Public Service.
Light returned to academia in 1988 and spent the next 10 years at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs as both a professor and an associate dean. Also during that time, Light was named director of the public policy program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he served from 1995 to 1998. In 1999, he joined the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank on public policy issues, where he served as the founding director of the Center for Public Service, the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow and the vice president for governmental studies. Light has taught at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service since 2003.
A nationally prominent author and academic analyst, Light has written 19 books on government, public service and public policy. His most recent title is Sustaining Nonprofit Performance: The Case for Capacity Building and the Evidence to Support It.