Vernon Dale Jones ’95 PhD (PA) appointed chancellor of Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre


Vernon Dale Jones is now Chancellor of Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre. In his new role, Jones brings experience from a long and distinguished career in higher education. In 2011, he  joined Hampden-Sydney College as vice president for strategy, administration and board affairs. Before his tenure at Hampden-Sydney College, he was an associate professor of public administration at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 to 2011. While at VCU, he chaired the master of public administration program, served as president of the College of Humanities and Sciences Faculty Council, and was the director of the university’s National Homeland Security Initiative. Previously, he held faculty positions in public administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he served as director of research for the Center for Homeland Security; Syracuse University, where he directed the Government Performance Project, a $4.8 million research project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts; and the United States Air Force Academy, where he served as deputy head of the political science department. In 2003, Jones also served as legislative director for U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, who represented Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. More information on his recent appointment as chancellor can be found at:


Kerri Raissian ’08 MPA/’13 PhD (PA) wins Raymond Vernon Memorial Award

alum-news-buttonKerri Raissian won the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management’s (JPAM) Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for her paper, “Hold Your Fire: Did the 1996 Federal Gun Control Act Expansion Reduce Domestic Homicides?” The paper was first published in the Winter 2016 issue of JPAM. The Vernon Memorial Award, created by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 1985, seeks to annually recognize excellence in research through the selection of a paper published in the current volume of JPAM. Raissian’s paper provides the first empirical examination of the impact of the 1996 expansion of the federal Gun Control Act on domestic homicides. She is an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut.

Ora-orn Poocharoen ’05 PhD (PA) is now the Dean of Political Science and Public Administration Faculty at Chiang Mai University

Ora-orn Poocharoen was appointed to Dean of Political Science and Public Administration Faculty at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.  Previously, she was an assistant professor at the Lew Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where she is currently an adjunct professor. Her research concentrations include comparative public management, network management, human resource management, urban governance, and sub‐national conflict in Thailand.

Lincoln Groves ’15 PhD (PA) featured in the Washington Post for welfare study

alum-news-buttonLincoln Groves recently had his study on welfare reform featured in a Washington Post article, “Why one researcher worries about welfare reform’s impact on white men.” The study examines workforce data from 1989 to 2002, and Groves finds that many single white men with a high school diploma or less responded negatively to the bundle of work supports targeting single mothers during welfare reform by dropping out of the formal labor market. Groves is currently a fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty and is a former Graduate Associate at the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School. To read the article, go to:

Beth Walter Honadle ’76 MPA/ ’77 MA (Econ)/ ’79 PhD (PA) recently became National Program Leader for Rural Sociology in the U.S. Department of Agriculture

BethHonadleBeth Walter Honadle has recently assumed her position as National Program Leader for Social Sciences (Rural Sociology) at the National Institute of Food & Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. In this position, she performs critical tasks in four broad areas: networking and collaborating with partners and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring federal attention and support; conceiving, formulating, and executing programs and activities to respond to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, priorities and issues for development; developing and applying science-based knowledge by working with universities and other partners; and evaluating and assessing the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs. Previously, Honadle was the Director of the Program Monitoring and Research Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Kenneth P. Ruscio ’79 MPA / ’83 PhD PA, Washington and Lee University president, to step down

Kenneth P. Ruscio will step down as Washington and Lee University’s president this June. Ruscio will have completed a decade as president for the university. As president, Ruscio was responsible for the successful completion of a $500 million capital campaign, the second largest ever for a liberal arts college that funded most of the initiatives included in the university’s strategic plan. As well as, the development of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity that has created a major scholarship, two professorships, and an array of summer internship and research opportunities. Those were just some of the numerous achievements from Ruscio’s presidency. He intends to take a sabbatical leave for the 2016-17 academic year and later return to Washington and Lee’s faculty.

Florida Southwestern names Lawrence J. Miller ’09 PhD PA the dean of the School of Education and Charter Schools

Lawrence J. Miller has been named the dean of the School of Education and Charter Schools at Florida Southwestern. Dr. Miller’s specialties are in education reform and school funding. He has taught for Syracuse University, University of Washington and Rutgers University. His most recent appointment has been at the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington as a senior research fellow. Dr. Miller was responsible for directing research projects that examined the connection between policy innovation and improved productivity. Dr. Miller has a national reputation in educational reform, especially at the K-12 level.