Rees named new CPAP director
By Julie Kane
Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 35 - July 17, 1997
Joseph Rees, associate professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), has been named director of the center.
James Wolf, former CPAP director, stepped down from his post at the end of this school year to pursue his research and teaching career.
Patricia K. Edwards, former CAUS dean, said, "Wolf's contribution to this college and CPAP have been outstanding, especially in his role as the center's director."
Since 1993, CPAP has expanded its locations to Roanoke and increased its presence in Northern Virginia. Its proximity to the nation's capitol has enabled CPAP to secure large grants with state and federal government agencies and enhance its educational programs. Wolf contributed significantly to the development of SPIA, an interdisciplinary school offering courses to students university-wide interested in public policy.
During the last few years, CPAP has received broad recognition--including being ranked 18th in the country for its MPA program by U.S. News and World Report in 1995. Recently the journal Public Administration Review ranked CPAP fifth in overall faculty and student productivity in the nation's 220-member schools of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Edwards said, "Under Jim's direction, CPAP has made great strides in becoming an important component of the college. As the new director, Joseph Rees will continue that effort."
Rees has a Ph.D. and master's degrees in social policy and political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Virginia Tech in 1994, he taught political science at Texas A& M and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.