Professor Heywood Sanders named interim chair, Department of Public Administration


Professor Heywood Sanders assumes the role of interim chair of the Department of Public Administration, effective May 15, 2018. He replaces Professor Christopher Reddick who served as chair form 2007 to 2018.
Sanders is a national expert in convention center industry and economic development. He has a distinguished service record and brings a significant amount of administrative experience to the table.

Heywood Sanders' research work focuses on publicly-funding convention centers and the politics of urban development. His newest publication, Convention Center Follies, levels city leaders' claims that convention centers contribute to economic development. His Brookings Institution white paper, "Space Available: The Realities of Convention Centers as Economic Development Strategy", published in January 2005 continues to cause debate among hotel and tourist industries and government entities. He is currently working on an updated version of the "Space Available" paper. He also served as a co-chair of the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting, held in San Antonio in April 2014, and presented a paper on consultant studies and development politics.

Dean of the College Rogelio Sáenz thanks Professor Chris Reddick for his many contributions as Chair, including the growth of the Master of Public Administration program, the establishment of the undergraduate program in public administration, and his leadership in the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) reaccreditation of the MPA program in 2013.

Sanders’ position is effective May 15 through the 2018-2019 academic year.