Coates Connection Spring/Summer 2011

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!"#$%& !"''%!$("' &)*('+/&,--%* 2011 Assistant Professor Karl Smith has written Recovery: It's Happening but Di!culties Remain, a bulletin that helps clarify the evolving state of the US economy and the condition of North Carolina's economy in relation to other states. & SCHOOL of GOVERNMENT News Notes Professor Bill Rivenbark will succeed Carl Stenberg as the next director of the School's Master of Public Administration program, beginning in September 2011. Rivenbark teaches government budget and finance to Carolina MPA students and to North Carolina public o.cials. He was integral to the development of the County and Municipal Fiscal Analysis Tool and the new budget simulation games. Dean Mike Smith said, "Bill's energy, creativity, and commitment will make him e/ective in the private fundraising that will be critical to maintaining and improving the program, and in the other essential dimensions of leadership." Bill Rivenbark Karl Smith Associate Professor Aimee Wall has shifted the focus of her research, teaching, and advising from public health to social services law following the retire- ment of faculty member John Saxon. She will continue to field questions related to animal control law, coordinate education programs for new state legislators, and serve as a faculty liaison with state-level policymakers. Aimee Wall Professor Joseph Ferrell was honored with the UNC General Alumni Associa- tion's 2011 Faculty Service Award. Ferrell joined what was then the Institute of Government in 1964 and was named Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government in 1989. He now focuses on University governance issues in his role as Secretary of the Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill. "When I got to UNC, it started the happiest years of my life," Ferrell said. "I never wanted to leave. Fortunately, I never had to." Joseph Ferrell Norma Houston Faculty member Norma Houston has expanded the focus of her teaching and advising to include areas previously covered by Eileen Youens, who has relocated to Texas. Houston will continue to specialize in emergency management law, ethics, and state government law, but she will also now provide advising and teach courses related to public contract law, including purchase contracts, construction contracts, and property disposal.

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