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School of Public Administration welcomes Lori Turnbull as director

Posted by Nicole Maunsell on February 6, 2019 in News

The Faculty of Management is pleased to announce that Dr. Lori Turnbull has been appointed director of the School of Public Administration in the Faculty of Management. Her five-year term began January 1, 2019, following a one-year term as acting director. She is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dr. Turnbull comes to the School with an outstanding reputation as a political analyst. She has been an associate professor in the Department of Political Science since 2005 and worked and published with the late Dr. Peter Aucoin, one the School’s former directors. Her book Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government, co-authored with Mark Jarvis and Peter Aucoin, won the Donner Prize in 2011 and the Donald Smiley Prize in 2012.

Dr. Turnbull's work has been published in many highly ranked journals in public administration and political science. She has worked as a policy researcher for the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney. More recently, from July 2015 until July 2017, she was seconded to the Privy Council Office in Ottawa, first as a policy advisor in the Machinery of Government Secretariat, then as departmental liaison to the Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions, and finally as a policy advisor at the Priorities and Planning Secretariat.

The search committee was chaired by Vivian Howard, who is now acting dean for the Faculty of Management. “I am delighted to have Lori in the role of director of the School of Public Administration. She brings both academic and public sector experience and has an outstanding reputation as a political analyst.  I am confident that with Lori Turnbull the School of Public Administration has an excellent leader whose qualifications and prior experience make her extremely well-suited for the challenges of the role.”