The Maxwell Public Administration Alumni Award is an annual award presented to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of public service espoused by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the School’s Public Administration Department as articulated in the Athenian Oath. Awardees demonstrate these principles through accomplishments in support of the public interest. This year’s recipient, Louis J. Gambaccini, will receive the award at the annual Public Administration Department Convocation at the end of June and will lead the graduating class in the recitation of the Athenian Oath.
Gambaccini, now retired, was the longest serving chief officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (among his many transportation leadership posts). His distinguished career in public transportation, which earned him the informal title “dean of America’s transit professionals,” spanned nearly four decades.
On June 19, 2009, radio station WHYY aired the latest segment in its Philadelphia “This I Believe” series (a local offshoot of the well-known National Public Radio audio essays). Its author was Gambaccini, and in his essay he spoke of public service, and how his own service orientation was seeded at an early age. Follow this link to WHYY to listen as Lou describes the power of a particular credo displayed in the halls of his graduate school . . .