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DeWitt John to be Inducted as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow

Story posted November 06, 2001

DeWitt John, the Thomas F. Shannon Director of Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College, will be inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) on November 16 in Washington, D.C., at the Academy's 2001 fall meeting.

NAPA is an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to improve governance at all levels - local, regional, state, national, and international. The Academy, through its many projects, is at the forefront of efforts to create more efficient, effective, and accountable government.

The Academy has an unmatched wealth of expertise among its membership of more than 550 Fellows, who serve as the heart of the organization. These current and former Cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, legislators, diplomats, business executives, public managers, and scholars provide unparalleled insight and experience as they oversee Academy projects and give general guidance.

Fellows also are the Academy's primary vehicle for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government.

Since its establishment in 1967, the Academy has assisted hundreds of federal agencies, congressional committees, state and local governments, civic organizations, and institutions overseas with problem solving, research and analysis, information sharing, and strategies for change. Work products typically include reports, technical advice, conferences, and educational forums.

DeWitt John came to Bowdoin in August 2000, and is currently both director of the environmental studies program and senior lecturer in government and environmental studies. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard University, was a research student at the London School of Economics, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

Prior to coming to Bowdoin, he was the director of the Center for the Economy and the Environment at NAPA in Washington, and led three broad studies of the Environmental Protection Agency. The third study, Transforming Environmental Protection for the 21st Century, was published in November 2000, and is available on the Web at

He has also held posts at the Aspen Institute, National Governors’ Association, and the State of Colorado.

He is the author of several books, articles, book chapters and reports, including Civic Environmentalism: Alternatives to Regulation in States and Communities and “A Path to Peace” in The Environmental Forum.

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