Mahboob Khawaja ’81 MA (PSc)/’00 PhD (SSc) writes book on peace and security issues

978-3-659-58644-6-frontMahboob Khawaja  wrote the book Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making published by Lambert Academic Publishing. The book contains chapters on climate change, terrorism, refugees, and avoiding another world war. Khawaja is managing director of Ummah Global Planning and Development, Research and Future-Making. He previously served as dean of Social Sciences for KIMEP University in Kazakhstan and director of planning for Yanbu al Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia.

Haley Swedlund ’07 MA (PSc)/’11 PhD (PSc) writes book on foreign aid

0Haley Swedlund wrote the book The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the Delivery of Foreign Aid published by Cornell University Press. The book offers policymakers insights on successful donor-recipient relationships, and is based on hundreds of interviews with key decision-makers in donor agencies and recipient governments. Swedlund is assistant professor in the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University in the Netherlands.


Roger Hamlin ’72 MRP/’73 PhD (SSc) receives top honor from Babes-Bolyai University

alum-news-buttonPhotoRoger Hamlin received “Honoris Causa” from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. Honoris Causa, similar to an honorary PhD, acknowledge’s the recipient’s contributions to their academic discipline. Hamlin built a partnership between Michigan State University and Babes-Bolyai University beginning in the mid-1990s. He developed a technical-assistance program, assisted in course and curricula creation, mid-career training for public officials, joint research, and conferences. Hamlin is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Nathan Sterner ’89 BA (PSc) promoted to president at advertising firm

alum-news-buttonNate_SternerNate Sterner is president of Apple Outdoor, a billboard media company based in York, Pa. Sterner started with Apple Outdoor advertising at its inception in 1999, serving as general manager, then vice president. In his new role, Sterner is excited to lead Apple Outdoor into a new era of growth, especially in digital LED billboard advertising.

Join Maxwell for an Alumni Gathering in New York!

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Join Us for a New York City Alumni Gathering!

You’re invited to a special Maxwell School alumni program and reception. We’ll begin with a substantive program on an important issue facing government today, public-private partnerships. Dean David M. Van Slyke will lead a panel, bringing his expertise on how partnerships address complex challenges facing our communities.

A cocktail reception will follow, where Maxwell alumni and friends will connect with each other and with Maxwell students in New York for their annual networking trip.

We hope to see you March 15!


Event Details

Thursday, March 15, 2018

 6:00–8:30 p.m. EDT  Program and reception
   6:00 p.m.  Doors open
   6:15 p.m.  Panel discussion
   7:30 p.m.  Networking reception

Club 101
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10078

This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.  To RSVP, visit

Questions?  Contact Jessica Murray in the Maxwell Alumni Office at 315.443.2660 or


Panelist Participants

David Van Slyke
Dean and Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

David M. Van Slyke is Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy. Prior to becoming Dean on July 1, 2016, Van Slyke was Associate Dean and Chair of Maxwell’s department of public administration and international affairs, home to the country’s #1 ranked graduate degree in public affairs. He is a tenured, full professor of the Maxwell School and the College of Arts and Sciences and a two-time recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Award and Professorship for Teaching Excellence.

Van Slyke is a leading international expert on public-private partnerships, public sector contracting and contract management, and policy implementation. He is Director and Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. He also sits on the editorial boards of several top-ranked public affairs journals. He has provided expert guidance to the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the World Bank. As part of his work and research he has worked extensively with senior leaders in government, nonprofit and business organizations in China, India, Peru, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries through the Maxwell School’s Executive Education program.

Van Slyke’s most recent book, Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Research Best Book Award for 2014 and honorable mention for the Public and Nonprofit Section of the Academy of Management best book award for 2016. He is winner of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy award from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the 2007 Beryl Radin Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Van Slyke earned a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Cathy Daicoff ’79 MPA
Managing Director (ret.), S&P Global

Cathy Daicoff retired from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in 2016 after 38 years, 28 as a managing director. Her career spanned management responsibility in US domestic operations, Canada, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and global positions.

Joining Standard & Poor’s in 1978, Cathy held increasingly senior analytical and managerial positions both domestically and internationally. She was instrumental in developing markets throughout the Americas and Asia-Pacific. For over 20 years Cathy served as a member of the firm’s Analytics Policy Board, establishing and maintaining Standard & Poor’s ratings criteria. Cathy also served on the Policy Governance Group which approves all Ratings Services policies. From 2003 until 2009, she was the first senior policy officer and director of policy training for Ratings Services, a critical time for rating agencies as they were newly regulated by the US SEC.

She holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree in political science from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Public Administration in public finance from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Cathy serves on the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School, Syracuse University; the Board of Trustees of the Kansas University Endowment Association and the Board governance committee; and on the Board of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, The University of Kansas. Cathy has authored papers in several journals including the National Tax Journal as well as the author of a chapter in the Lincoln Institute book, Measuring Fiscal Capacity.

Cathy is passionate about adventure travel and has visited all seven continents and over fifty countries.

Emily Newman ’06 MPA
Acting Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations

Emily W. Newman ]has been with the City of New York since 2006. She is passionate about improving government operation and her years of service reflect this commitment.

After graduating from Maxwell, Emily worked at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), collaborating with other City agencies to improve the experience of opening and operating a business in New York City. Subsequently, she worked for the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS), serving as the organization’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of Policy and Special Projects and focusing on reforming procurement processes and strengthening competition. At the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), where she served as First Deputy Commissioner, Emily streamlined operations to make delivery of core City services more seamless, including fleet, real estate, procurement, etc., to client agencies.

Emily recently returned to the Mayor’s Office of Operations, where she previously served as First Deputy Director, as Acting Director. In this role, she helps to make City operations more efficient and effective, coordinate cross agency initiatives, and track the implementation of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s equity and fairness agenda.

Emily lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn.

Jeffrey Scruggs
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Jeffrey Scruggs is currently a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he has been co-head of the Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking group since 2008.

Jeff graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in Economics in 1985.  Upon graduation, he became a Financial Analyst in the Municipal Securities Group at Paine Webber Incorporated. After two years in that position, he served as a Special Assistant and Manager of the Loan Portfolio Sales Program for the U.S. Department of the Interior for one year. During this time, he managed the sale and disposition of the Department’s $700 million loan portfolio program, which was part of a Federal government asset sales initiative.

In 1991, Jeff graduated with high honors as a Baker Scholar from the Harvard Business School. Upon graduation, he returned to the Municipal Securities Group at PaineWebber Incorporated as a Vice President. For six years, he was a senior banker in the Firm’s Washington (DC) office. In 1998, he returned to New York and became the Manager of the Department’s Infrastructure Finance Group.  In 2007, he was appointed as the Director of Municipal Investment Banking overseeing more than 200 banking professionals.  In that role, he also served as Chairman of the Department’s Operating Committee.  Jeff has served on the Boards of a number of non-profit institutions including the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the National Black Child Development Institute, National Association of Securities Professionals, and the Jacob Javits Convention Center Operating Board.  Presently he serves on the Board of the Trinity School of New York City, where he is also the Finance Committee Chairman.



The D.C. Networking Reception Turns 10!


Maxwell students are counting down to the March student networking trips to Washington and New York, and are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with alumni through site visits, coffee chats, and more.

Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the D.C. networking trip by joining us for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and helping current students as they begin to build their professional networks!

Event Details

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

 5:30–8:30 p.m. EDT  Networking reception

Clyde’s of Gallery Place
Piedmont Room
707 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.  To RSVP, visit

Questions?  Contact Jessica Murray in the Maxwell Alumni Office at 315.443.2660 or



David Clary ’96 BA (PSc) writes book on the legalization of gambling

alum-news-buttonDavid-Clary-photoDavid Clary wrote the book “Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America,” which was published by Rutgers University Press in October 2017. The book, his first, explores how and why states seized control of gambling from organized crime. In the book, Clary weaves together a colorful narrative that is full of roguish criminals like Bugsy Siegel and Benny Binion and modern-day gambling magnates like Sheldon Adelson. He is a news editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune. For more information about Clary’s book, visit its webpage at Rutgers University Press.