Auburn University to host September symposium on excellence in government in Washington, D.C.

Emmy Award-winning Juan Williams to be keynote speaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, a unit within University Outreach, will host a national symposium on advancing excellence and public trust in government on Monday, Sept. 17, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The symposium is a collaboration between Auburn, The National Endowment for the Public Trust and the Washington Center.

The symposium will be a forum to discuss and develop standards for evaluation of transparency at all levels of government in four primary areas: finance, human resources, strategic planning and technology.

The keynote speaker will be Juan Williams, an Emmy Award-winning writer, radio and television host and correspondent, and senior correspondent for National Public Radio.

Other speakers include Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.), author of the New York Times bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young”; David Weil, co-director of the Transparency Policy Project at the Kennedy School of Management and professor at Harvard University and Boston University; Richard Greene, consultant to the Pew Center on the States; Irene Rubin, professor and author of “Politics of Budgeting” and former editor of “The Public Administration Review”; Michael B. Smith, president of The Washington Center; Suzanne J. Piotrowski, assistant professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and author of “Governmental Transparency in the Path of Administrative Reform”; Sandra Fabry, manager of the State Government Affairs division of Americans for Tax Reform; and Christa Slaton, director of the Elections Administration Program with the National Election Center and professor and associate dean at Auburn University.

Auburn University began hosting annual governmental excellence and best practices conferences in 2003. The conferences have brought together professionals from all levels of government, academics and representatives from the private sector to discuss and collaborate on best government practices.

To pre-register for the symposium, call (334) 844-3101. The registration fee is $50 and includes lunch. For additional information, visit, or e-mail

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