John L. Palmer
(1989) – John L. Palmer currently holds the distinguished title of ‘University Professor’ at Syracuse and has recently completed two presidentially-appointed terms (from fall 2000 through 2007) – 2003 he was dean, and professor of economics and public administration, of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and responsible for academic and administrative leadership of Syracuse University’s six social science disciplinary departments, undergraduate and graduate programs in public and international affairs, and numerous interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. During the second half of his tenure as dean, Maxwell was continuously ranked the number one school of public affairs in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
Dr. Palmer received a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College in 1965, followed by a Ph.D. and faculty appointment in economics at Stanford University. In the early 1970’s he moved to Washington, D.C. to assume a senior economist position in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Between then and becoming Maxwell dean he held several other positions both in and out of government, including senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services, and adjunct professor of Harvard University.
Throughout his career Dr. Palmer has written extensively and engaged in a variety of other professional activities. His publications include 13 books and more than fifty professional and popular articles on a wide range of topics related to economic, budgetary and social policy concerns. He has testified before Congress on many occasions and been a consultant to numerous government agencies, private foundations, and universities. He has also served as an officer of several national professional associations and as a member of the Visiting Committee of the Brookings Institution and various committees of the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and past president of the National Academy of Social Insurance.