Advisory Board

Professor Kenneth L. Nichols

Kenneth L. Nichols, D.P.A. is Associate Professor of Public Administration, University of Maine.
His research and teaching interests are:

  • strategic management, including
    • futures research techniques
    • business process reengineering
    • quality and change management
    • performance measurement and evaluation
    • information technology implementation strategy
  • analytic methods for organizations
  • policy development, analysis, and implementation
  • public and nonprofit management
  • ethics in administration
  • literature and administration
  • tax policy and administration
  • leadership in public service environments
Ken coedited Enterprise Government: Franchising and Cross-Servicing for Administrative Support, and his articles have appeared in popular as well as professional publications, including the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Manager, Maine Policy Review, and the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration. He recently coauthored the new edition of Organization Theory: A Public and Nonprofit Perspective.
Ken is former director of graduate programs for the University of Maine’s Department of Public Administration and former chair of the Orono Public Library Board of Trustees. He has headed UMaine’s Undergraduate Programs Curriculum Committee and its University Club. He is involved with the American Society for Public Administration, Police Futurists International, and the World Future Society.
Formerly with the Internal Revenue Service, his professional work as a career civil servant centered on emerging and innovative aspects of organizational activity. His responsibilities at the IRS included budget planning and program analysis, trend assessment, and strategic planning, quality management, legislation development, and implementation, information systems design, and large-scale organization reengineering.
Ken earned his D.P.A. from George Mason University in 1993 with the thesis Why public organizations adopt Total Quality Management —factors influencing decisions to invest in TQM. He earned his M.P.A. from George Mason in 1983 and his B.A. cum laude in English Language and Literature from Weber State University in 1968.
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