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PRG Leadership History

Index of past PRG Steering Committees:
° PRG Steering Committee, 2008-2009
° PRG Steering Committee, 2007-2008
° PRG Steering Committee, 2006-2007
° PRG Steering Committee, 2005-2006
° PRG Steering Committee, 2004-2005
° PRG Steering Committee, 2003-2004
° PRG Steering Committee, 2002-2003

Index of past PRG Awards Committees:
° PRG Awards Committees - 2008-2009
° PRG Awards Committees - 2007-2008
° PRG Awards Committees - 2006-2007
° PRG Awards Committees - 2005-2006
° PRG Awards Committees - 2004-2005

Index of past PRG Business Meetings:
° PRG Business Meeting -  August 2008
° PRG Business Meeting - 1 September 2007 and PRG Executive Board Minutes - 30 August 2007
° PRG Business Meeting - 2 September 2006
° PRG Business Meeting - 3 September 2005

For the PRG Steering Committee, 2009-10, and PRG Awards Committees, 2009-10, see About the Presidency Research Group.

PRG Steering Committee - 2008-2009:      Top

President:
Charles E. Walcott
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Political Science
528 Major Williams Hall - 0130
Blacksburg VA 24061
cwalcott@vt.edu

Vice President and President-Elect:
Jeffrey E. Cohen
Fordham University
Political Science
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458
cohen@fordham.edu

Secretary-Treasurer:
Mary Stuckey
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4000
Atlanta, GA 30302-4000
For Courier and Overnight Services (FedEx, UPS, etc.):  Department of Communication
One Park Place South
Suite 1050
Atlanta, GA 30303
joumes@langate.gsu.edu

PRG Report Editor:
David A. Crockett
Trinity University
PPolitical Science
Storch Building
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
dcrocket@trinity.edu

20082009 Program Chair: Randall E. Adkins
University of Nebraska, Omaha
Political Science
Arts and Science Hall, Room 275 H
Omaha, NE 68182
radkins@unomaha.edu

Past President:
Victoria A. Farrar-Myers
University of Texas, Arlington
Political Science
PO Box 19539
601 South Nedderman
Arlington TX 76019-0539 victoria@uta.edu

Board of Directors: 
Lara Brown (2008-2011), Villanova University
Randall Adkins (2008-2011), University of Nebraska, Omaha
Nancy Baker (2006-2009), New Mexico State University
Terri Bimes (2006-2009), University of California, Berkeley
Andrew Dowdle (2008-2009), University of Arkansas
Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha (2006-2009), University of North Texas
Lilly Goren (2007-2010), Carroll College
Martha Joynt Kumar (Ex Officio), Towson University
Ken Mayer (2007-2010), University of Wisconsin
Kevin McMahon (2007-2010), Trinity College
Jeff Peake (2007-2010), Bowling Green State University
Andrew Rudalevige (2006-2009), Dickinson College
Steven Schier (2008-2011), Carleton College
Wayne Steger (2008-2011), DePaul University
Justin Vaughn (2008-2011), Cleveland State University
Jose Villalobos (graduate student, 2008-2011), Texas A&M University (2009 - University of Texas at El Paso)
Shirley Anne Warshaw (2007-2010), Gettysburg College
Stephen Weatherford (2008-2011), University of California, Santa Barbara

PRG Steering Committee - 2007-2008:      Top

President:
Victoria A. Farrar-Myers
University of Texas, Arlington
Political Science
PO Box 19539
601 South Nedderman
Arlington TX 76019-0539
victoria@uta.edu

Vice President & President-Elect:
Charles E. Walcott
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Political Science
528 Major Williams Hall - 0130
Blacksburg VA 24061
cwalcott@vt.edu

Secretary/Treasurer:
Jeffrey E. Cohen
Fordham University
Political Science
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458
cohen@fordham.edu

PRG Report Editor:
Richard J. Powell
University of Maine
Department of Political Science
243 North Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1795
(207) 581-4856 - fax
rpowell@maine.edu
Web page:  http://www2.umaine.edu/polisci/powell.htm

2008 Program Chair:
Diane J. Heith
St. John's University
Government & Politics
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica NY 11439
heithd@stjohns.edu

Past President:
Lori Cox Han
Chapman University
Political Science
One University Drive
Orange CA 92866
lhan@chapman.edu

Board of Directors:
Randall Adkins (2005-2008), University of Nebraska, Omaha
Nancy Baker (2006-2009), New Mexico State University
Terri Bimes (2006-2009), University of California, Berkeley
David B. Cohen (2005-2008), University of Akron
David Crockett (2006-2009), Trinity University
Brendan Doherty (graduate student, 2005-2008), University of California, Berkeley
Chris Dolan (2005-2008), University of Central Florida
Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha (2006-2009), University of North Texas
Lilly Goren (2007-2010), Carroll College
Karen Hoffman (2005-2008), Wheeling Jesuit University
Martha Joynt Kumar (Ex Officio), Towson University
Ken Mayer (2007-2010), University of Wisconsin
Kevin McMahon (2007-2010), Trinity College
Jeff Peake (2007-2010), Bowling Green State University
Andrew Rudalevige (2006-2009), Dickinson College
Steven Schier (2005-2008), Carleton College
Shirley Anne Warshaw (2007-2010), Gettysburg College
Stephen Weatherford (2005-2008), University of California, Santa Barbara

PRG Steering Committee - 2006-2007:       Top

See APSA American Political Science Association - Section 9 (Presidency Research) at URL:  www.apsanet.org/section_315.cfm.

President
Lori Cox Han
Chapman University
Department of Political Science
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 744-7614
(714) 532-6079 - fax
lhan@chapman.edu

Vice President & President-Elect
Victoria Farrar Myers
University of Texas at Arlington
Department of Political Science
P.O. Box 19539
601 South Nedderman
Arlington, TX 76019-0539
(817) 272-5265
(817) 272-2525 – fax
victoria@uta.edu

Secretary/Treasurer
Charles E. Walcott
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
528 Major Williams Hall - 0130
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5491
(540) 231-6078 - fax
cwalcott@vt.edu
Web page: http://www.psci.vt.edu/walcott/index.htm

PRG Report Editor
Richard J. Powell
University of Maine
Department of Political Science
243 North Stevens Hall
Orono, ME  04469
(207) 581-1795
(207) 581-4856 - fax
rpowell@maine.edu
Web page:  http://www2.umaine.edu/polisci/powell.htm

Program Chair

Meena Bose
Hofstra University
Department of Political Science
Hempstead, NY 11549
meenekshi.bose@hofstra.edu

Past President
Nancy Kassop
SUNY, New Paltz
Department of Political Science
Faculty Tower 816
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499
(845) 257-3544
(845) 257-3581 - fax
kassopn@newpaltz.edu

2006-07 Board of Directors (with terms of office):
Randall Adkins (2005-2008), University of Nebraska, Omaha - radkins@mail.unomaha.edu
David Gray Adler (2004-2007), Idaho State University - lincolns@isu.edu
Lydia Andrade (2004-2007), University of the Incarnate Word - andrade@universe.uiwtx.edu
Nancy Baker (2006-2009), New Mexico State University - nbaker@nmsu.edu
Terri Bimes (2006-2009), Harvard University - tbimes@latte.harvard.edu
James Campbell (2004-2007), University at Buffalo, SUNY - jcampbel@acsu.buffalo.edu
David B. Cohen (2005-2008), University of Akron - dbcohen@uakron.edu
David Crockett (2006-2009), Trinity University - dcrocket@trinity.edu
Brendan Doherty (graduate student member, 2005-2008), University of California, Berkeley - bdoherty@socrates.berkeley.edu
Chris Dolan (2005-2008), University of Central Florida - cdolan@mail.ucf.edu
Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha (2006-2009), University of North Texas - mes@unt.edu
John Fortier (2004-2007), American Enterprise Institute - jfortier@aei.org
Karen Hoffman (2005-2008), Wheeling Jesuit University - khoffman@wju.edu
Christopher S.  Kelly (2006-2007), Miami University - kelleycs@muohio.edu
Martha Joynt Kumar (Ex Officio), Towson University - joyntkumar@aol.com
Andrew Rudalevige (2006-2009), Dickinson College - rudaleva@dickinson.edu
Steven Schier (2005-2008), Carleton College - sschier@carleton.edu
Steven Weatherford (2005-2008), University of California, Santa Barbara - weatherford@polsci.ucsb.edu

PRG Steering Committee - 2005-2006:                     Top

President
Nancy Kassop
SUNY, New Paltz
Political Science & International Relations
Faculty Tower 816
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499
kassopn@newpaltz.edu

Vice President & President-Elect
Lori Cox Han
Chapman University
Political Science
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
lhan@chapman.edu

Secretary/Treasurer
Victoria A. Farrar-Myers
University of Texas, Arlington
Political Science
PO Box 19539
601 South Nedderman
Arlington TX 76019-0539
victoria@uta.edu

PRG Report Editor
Daniel Ponder
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Political Science
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150
dponder@uccs.edu

Past President
Bruce  Miroff
SUNY, Albany
Political Science
135 Western Avenue
Albany NY 12222
miroff@albany.edu

Board of Directors:
Randall Adkins (2005-2008), University of Nebraska, Omaha - radkins@mail.unomaha.edu
David Gray Adler (2004-2007), Idaho State University - lincolns@isu.edu
Lydia Andrade (2004-2007), University of the Incarnate Word - andrade@universe.uiwtx.edu
Terri Bimes (2003-2006), Harvard University - tbimes@latte.harvard.edu
James Campbell (2004-2007), University at Buffalo, SUNY - jcampbel@acsu.buffalo.edu
David B. Cohen (2005-2008), University of Akron - dbcohen@uakron.edu
David Crockett (2003-2006), Trinity University - dcrocket@trinity.edu
Brendan Doherty (graduate student member, 2005-2008), University of California, Berkeley - bdoherty@socrates.berkeley.edu
Chris Dolan (2005-2008), University of Central Florida - cdolan@mail.ucf.edu
John Fortier (2004-2007), American Enterprise Institute - jfortier@aei.org
John Hart (2003-2006), Australian National University - j.hart@anu.edu.au
Diane Heith (2003-2006), St. John's University - heithd@stjohns.edu
Karen Hoffman (2005-2008), Wheeling Jesuit University - khoffman@wju.edu
Martha Joynt Kumar (Ex Officio), Towson University - joyntkumar@aol.com
Andrew Rudalevige (2003-2006), Dickinson College - rudaleva@dickinson.edu
Steven Schier (2005-2008), Carleton College - sschier@carleton.edu
Charles E. Walcott (2004-2007), Virginia Polytechnic Institute - cwalcott@vt.edu
Stephen Weatherford (2005-2008), University of California, Santa Barbara - weatherford@polsci.ucsb.edu

PRG Steering Committee - 2004-2005:                   Top

President:
Bruce Miroff
Political Science
SUNY, Albany
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-5256
Fax: (518) 442-5298
Email: miroff@albany.edu

Vice President & President-Elect:
Nancy Kassop
SUNY, New Paltz
Political Science
Faculty Tower 808
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499
Phone: (914) 257-3544
Fax: (914) 257-3581
Email: kassopn@newpaltz.edu

Secretary/Treasurer:
Lori Cox Han
Chapman College (as of 2005-06)
lhan@chapman.edu
formerly (2004-05 academic year):  Austin College
Political Science
900 N. Grand Avenue
Suite 61649
Sherman, TX 75090
Phone: (903) 813-2267
Fax: (903) 813-2477
Email: lhan@austincollege.edu 

PRG Report Editor (see Welcome to the PRG Report):
Daniel Ponder
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Political Science
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.
Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150
Phone: 719-262-4010
Fax: 719-262-4558
Email: dponder@uccs.edu

Past President (2003-2004):
Michael A. Genovese
Loyola Chair of Leadership
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 338-7379
Fax: (310) 338-1950
Email: mgenovese@lmu.edu

2004-2005 PRG Board of Directors (with term of office):                   Top

Joel Aberbach (2002-2005), University of California, Los Angeles - aberbach@polisci.ucla.edu
David Gray Adler (2004-2007), Idaho State University - lincolns@isu.edu
Lydia Andrade (2004-2007), University of the Incarnate Word - andrade@universe.uiwtx.edu
Terri Bimes (2003-2006), Harvard University - tbimes@latte.harvard.edu
Meena Bose (2002-2005), United States Military Academy - jm6762@usma.edu
James Campbell (2004-2007), University at Buffalo, SUNY - jcampbel@acsu.buffalo.edu
David Crockett (2003-2006), Trinity University - dcrocket@trinity.edu
John Fortier (2004-2007), American Enterprise Institute - jfortier@aei.org
John Hart (2003-2006), Australian National University - j.hart@anu.edu.au
Diane Heith (2003-2006), St. John's University - heithd@stjohns.edu
Karen Hoffman (2004-2005), Wheeling Jesuit University - khoffman@wju.edu
Martha Joynt Kumar (Ex Officio), Towson University - joyntkumar@aol.com
Kenneth Mayer (2002-2005), University of Wisconsin, Madison - kmayer@polisci.wisc.edu
Daniel Ponder (2002-2005), University of Colorado, Colorado Springs - dponder@uccs.edu
Andrew Rudalevige (2003-2006), Dickinson College; Princeton University in 2004-05 - rudaleva@dickinson.edu and arudalev@princeton.edu
Steven Schier (2004-2005), Carleton College - sschier@carleton.edu
Charles E. Walcott (2004-2007), Virginia Polytechnic Institute - cwalcott@vt.edu
Israel Waismel-Manor (Graduate Student Member, 2002-2005), Cornell University - isw2@cornell.edu

PRG Steering Committee - 2003-2004:                    Top

President:
Michael A. Genovese
Loyola Chair of Leadership
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 338-7379
Fax: (310) 338-1950
Email: mgenovese@lmu.edu

Vice President:
Bruce Miroff
Political Science
SUNY, Albany
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-5256
Fax: (518) 442-5298
Email: miroff@albany.edu

Secretary/Treasurer:
Nancy Kassop
Political Science
SUNY, New Paltz
75 S. Manheim Blvd.
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499
Phone: (914) 257-3544
Fax: (914) 257-3581
Email: kassopn@newpaltz.edu

PRG Report Editor:
Thomas Langston
Department of Political Science
Tulane University
Norman Mayer Bldg #6
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 862-8311
Email: langston@tulane.edu

Past President:
Robert J. Spitzer
Political Science
SUNY, Cortland
Box 200
Cortland, N.Y. 13045
Phone: (607) 753-4106
Fax: (607) 753-5760
Email: spitzerb@cortland.edu

Board of Directors, 2003-2004:

Joel Aberbach (2002-2005), University of California, Los Angeles, aberbach@polisci.ucla.edu
Matthew Corrigan (2001-2004) University of North Florida,
Lydia Andrade (2001-2004) University of the Incarnate Word, andrade@universe.uiwtx.edu
Terri Bimes (2003-2006) Harvard University, tbimes@latte.harvard.edu
Meena Bose (2002-2005) United States Military Academy, jm6762@usma.edu
James Campbell (2001-2004) University at Buffalo-SUNY, jcampbel@acsu.buffalo.edu
Jeffery Cohen (2001-2004) Fordham University, cohen@fordham.edu
David Crockett (2003-2006) Trinity University, dcrocket@trinity.edu
Victoria Farrar-Myers (2001-2004) University of Texas at Arlington, victoria@uta.edu
Lori Cox Han (2002-2005) Austin College, han@austincollege.edu
John Hart (2003-2006) Australian National University, j.hart@anu.edu.au
Diane Heith (2003-2006) St. John's University, heithd@stjohns.edu
Martha Joynt Kumar (Ex Officio) Towson University, joyntkumar@aol.com
Kenneth Mayer (2002-2005) University of Wisconsin, Madison, kmayer@polisci.wisc.edu
Daniel Ponder (2002-2005) University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, dponder@uccs.edu
Andrew Rudalevige (2003-2006) Dickinson College, rudaleva@dickinson.edu
Israel Waismel-Manor (Graduate Student Member, 2002-2005) Cornell University, isw2@cornell.edu

PRG Steering Committee - 2002-2003                   Top

President:    Robert Spitzer (2001-2003); spitzerb@cortland.edu
Vice President:    Michael Genovese (2001-2003); mgenoves@lmu.edu
Secretary/Treasurer:    Bruce Miroff (2001-2003); miroff@albany.edu
PRG Report Editor:    Thomas Langston (2002-2004); langston@tulane.edu
Past President:    Karen Hult; khult@vt.edu
Division Chair (APSA Division 23):  Victoria Farrar-Myers, 2002-2003; victoria@uta.edu

PRG Governing Council, 2002-2003

Joel Aberbach, 2002-2005; aberbach@polisci.ucla.edu
Lydia Andrade, 2001-2004; andrade@universe.uiwtx.edu
Mary Anne Borrelli, 2000-2003; mabor@conncoll.edu
James Campbell, 2001-2004; jcampbel@acsu.buffalo.edu
Jeffrey Cohen, 2001-2004; cohen@fordham.edu
Victoria Farrar-Myers, 2001-2004; victoria@uta.edu
Lori Cox Han, 2002-2005; lhan@austincollege.edu
John Hart, 2000-2003; j.hart@anu.edu.au
Diane Heith, 2000-2003; heithd@stjohns.edu
Karen Hult, Ex Officio, 2001-present; khult@vt.edu
Nancy Kassop, 2001-2004; kassopn@newpaltz.edu
Martha Kumar, Ex Officio, 1999-present; joyntkumar@aol.com
Janet Martin, 2000-2003; jmartin@bowdoin.edu
Dan Ponder, 2002-2005; dponder@mail.uccs.edu
Katie Dunn Tenpas, 2000-2003; tenpas@sas.upenn.edu
Israel Waismel-Manor, graduate student, 2002-2005; isw2@cornell.edu

PRG Award Committees - 2008-2009:           Top

The Richard E. Neustadt Award is given for the best book on the U.S. presidency published during the previous year.  Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2009.

Award Committee Chair:
David A. Yalof
University of Connecticut
Political Science
341 Mansfield Road, U-1024
Storrs, CT. 06269-1024
david.yalof@uconn.edu

Committee Members
Terri Bimes, University of California, Berkeley
John Hart, Australian National University
Robert Shapiro, Columbia University
Stephen Weatherford, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Founders Award named in honor of Francis Rourke will be given for the best paper presented by a graduate student at either the preceding year's APSA annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in 2008-2009.   Nominations should be submitted by May 1, 2009.

Award Committee Chair:
Brandon Rottinghaus
University of Houston
Political Science
Phillip Guthrie Hoffman Hall Room 447
Houston, TX 77204-3012
bjrottinghaus@uh.edu

Committee Members
Alfred Cuzan, University of West Florida
Graham Dodds, Concordia University
Brendan Doherty, United States Naval Academy
Andrew Dowdle, University of Arkansas

The Founders Award (PhD.) in honor of Lester Seligman will be given for the best paper presented by a PhD-holding scholar at the previous year's APSA annual meeting.  Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2009.

Award Committee Chair:
Daniel E. Ponder
Drury University
Political Science
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
deponder@drury.edu

Committee Members
Lara Brown, Villanova University
Irwin Morris, University of Maryland
Andrew Rudalevige, Dickinson College
Raymond Tatalovich, Loyola University (Chicago)

The Best Undergraduate Paper Award is given for the best undergraduate paper completed in the academic year 2008-2009.  Nominations should be submitted by May 1, 2009.

Award Committee Chair:
Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha
University of North Texas
Political Science
Wooten Hall 134
Denton, TX 76203-5340
mes@unt.edu

Committee Members:
Ryan Barilleaux, Miami University
Jean Garrison, University of Wyoming
Tobias Gibson, Monmouth College
Justin Vaughn, Cleveland State University

The George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award will be given annually for the best dissertation in presidency research completed and accepted during the 2008 calendar year (January 1, 2008-December 31, 2008).  The recipient will received a $200 award.  To be considered for the award, nominees must submit the following documents to each member to the Award Committee: (1) a hard copy of the dissertation, (2) a .pdf of the dissertation on a CD, (3) a nominee form, and (4) a nominator form and letter.  Forms are available on the section's web site.  The Award Committee welcomes nominations by dissertation committee chairs or committee members.  Nominations are to be submitted by February 1, 2009.

Award Committee Chair:
MaryAnne Borrelli
Connecticut College
Government
College Box 5418
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London CT 06320
mabor@conncoll.edu
 
Committee Members:
Stephen Borrelli, University of Alabama
Meena Bose, Hofstra University
Rebecca Deen, University of Texas, Arlington
Jeffrey Peake, Bowling Green State University

Paul Peck Presidential Award:
This award is presented by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution to honor presidential service and portrayal.  The PRG represents APSA as one of eight nominating organizations.  For more information, please visit http://www.npg.si.edu/.  The award is not currently offered, but could be revived.  If so, the deadline will be set by the Smithsonian Institution.

Award Committee Chair:
John T. Woolley
University of California, Santa Barbara
Political Science
Mail Code 9420
Santa Barbara CA 93106-9420
woolley@polsci.ucsb.edu

Committee Members:
John Burke, University of Vermont
ShirleyAnne Warshaw, Gettysburg College

PRG Award Committees - 2007-2008:           Top  

The Career Service Award is given every four years during a presidential election year, the PRG shall form a committee to give an award to recognize career service to the study of the Presidency.  Nominations are to be submitted by February 1, 2008.

Award Committee Chair:
Bruce F. Nesmith
Coe College
Political Science
1220 1st. Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids IA 52402-5092
bnesmith@coe.edu

Committee Members:
David Adler, Idaho State University
Ryan Barilleaux, Miami University
Meena Bose, Hofstra University
Elvin Lim, University of Tulsa

The Richard E. Neustadt Award is given for the best book on the U.S. presidency published during the previous year.  Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2008.

Award Committee Chair: 
George C. Edwards III
Texas A&M University, College Station
Political Science
2010 Bush Academic West
4348 TAMU
College Station TX 77843-4348
gedwards@tamu.edu

Committee Members
Paul Brace, Rice University
Colin Campbell, University of British Columbia
Karen Hoffman, Wheeling Jesuit University
Mel Laracey, University of Texas at San Antonio 

The Founders Award named in honor of David Neveh will be given for the best paper presented by a graduate student at either the preceding year's APSA annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in 2007-2008.   Nominations should be submitted by May 1, 2008.

Award Committee Chair:
Andrew J. Dowdle
University of Arkansas
Political Science
Old Main, Room 428
Fayetteville AR 72701
adowdle@uark.edu

Committee Members
Graham Dodds, Concordia University
Tobias Gibson, Monmouth College
Karen Hult, Virginia Tech University
Leah Murray, Weber State College  

The Founders Award (PhD.) is named for Bert Rockman will be given for the best paper presented by a PhD-holding scholar at the previous year's APSA annual meeting.  Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2008.  

Award Committee Chair:
Stephen Weatherford
University of California, Santa Barbara
Political Science
Santa Barbara CA 93106-9420
weatherford@polsci.ucsb.edu

Committee Members:
Randall, Adkins, University of Nebraska, Omaha
David Lewis, Princeton University
Bruce Miroff, University of Albany, SUNY
David Yalof, University of Connecticut 

Paul Peck Presidential Award
This award is presented by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution to honor presidential service and portrayal.  The PRG represents APSA as one of eight nominating organizations.  For more information, please visit http://www.npg.si.edu/.  The deadline will be set by the Smithsonian Institution.

Award Committee Chair:
John T. Woolley
University of California, Santa Barbara
Political Science
Mail Code 9420
Santa Barbara CA 93106-9420
woolley@polsci.ucsb.edu

Committee Members:
John Burke, University of Vermont
Caroline Heldman, Occidental College
Daniel Ponder, Drury University
Shirley Warshaw, Gettysburg College 

Best Undergraduate Paper Award
This award is given for the best undergraduate paper completed in the academic year 2007-2008.  Nominations should be submitted by May 1, 2008. 

Award Committee Chair:
Thomas S. Langston
Tulane University
Political Science
Norman Mayer Bldg #6
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans LA 70118-5698
langston@tulane.edu

Committee Members:
Alfred Cuzan, University of West Florida
Lily Goren, Carroll College
Nancy Kassop, SUNY-New Paltz
Brian Newman, Pepperdine University

** NEW AWARD **
The George C. Edwards III Dissertation Award will be given annually for the best dissertation in presidency research completed and accepted during the 2007 calendar year (January 1, 2007-December 31, 2007).  The recipient will received a $200 award.  To be considered for the award, nominees must submit the following documents to each member to the Award Committtee: (1) a hard copy of the dissertation, (2) a .pdf of the dissertation on a CD, (3) a nominee form, and (4) a nominator form and letter.  The Award Committee welcomes nominations by dissertation committee chairs or committee members.  Nominations are to be submitted by February 1, 2008.

Award Committee Chair:
MaryAnne Borrelli
Connecticut College
Government
College Box 5418
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London CT 06320
mabor@conncoll.edu

Committee Members:
Terri Bimes, University of California, Berkeley
Rebecca Deen, University of Texas, Arlington
Jeffrey Peake, Bowling Green State University
Wayne Steger, DePaul University

PRG Awards Committees - 2006-2007:                     Top

The Richard E. Neustadt Award is given for the best book on the U.S. presidency published during the previous year.  Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2007.

Award Committee Chair:
Jeffrey E. Cohen
Fordham University
Department of Political Science
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
E-mail: cohen@fordham.edu

Committee Members:
Diane Heith, St. John’s University
Karen Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Irwin Morris, University of Maryland
Daniel Ponder, Drury University

The Founders Award named in honor of Martha Joynt Kumar, is given for the best paper presented by a graduate student at either the preceding year's APSA annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in the 2006-2007 academic year.   Nominations should be submitted by May 1, 2007.

Award Committee Chair:
John Woolley
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Political Science
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
E-mail: woolley@polsci.ucsb.edu

Committee Members:
Jody Baumgartner, East Carolina University
Terri Bimes, Harvard University
Stephen Borrelli, University of Alabama
Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, University of North Texas

The Founders Award, named for Erwin Hargrove, will be given for the best paper presented by a PhD-holding scholar at the previous year's APSA annual meeting.  Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2007.

Award Committee Chair:
Mary Stuckey
Georgia State University
Department of Communication
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA  30302-3965
E-mail: mstuckey@gsu.edu

Committee Members:
Lydia Andrade, University of the Incarnate Word
Ryan Barilleaux, Miami University
Caroline Heldman, Occidental College
Ray Tatalovich, Loyola University

2006-2007 Paul Peck Presidential Award
This award is presented by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution to honor presidential service and portrayal.  The PRG represents APSA as one of eight nominating organizations.  For more information, please visit http://www.npg.si.edu/.

Award Committee Chair:
Shirley Anne Warshaw
Gettysburg College
Department of Political Science
300 N. Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
E-mail: swarshaw@gettysburg.edu

Committee Members:
Randall Adkins, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Meena Bose, Hofstra University
Matthew Dickinson, Middlebury College
Mark Rozell, George Mason University

2006-2007 Best Undergraduate Paper Award
This award is given for the best undergraduate paper completed in the academic year 2006-2007.  Nominations should be submitted by May 1, 2007.

Award Committee Chair:
Bruce Nesmith
Coe College
Department of Political Science
1220 1st. Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-5092
E-mail: bnesmith@coe.edu

Committee Members:
Rebecca Deen, University of Texas, Arlington
Graham Dodds, Concordia University
Leah Murray, Weber State University
Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Idaho

PRG Awards Committees - 2005-2006:                    Top

2005-2006 Career Service Award Committee – given every four years. Next award will be given in 2008.

2005-2006 Paul Peck Presidential Awards Committee (deadline set by the Smithsonian Institution)

Chair: Andrew Rudalevige
Department of Political Science
Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
phone: 717-245-1716
rudaleva@dickinson.edu

Shirley Warshaw, Gettysburg College
swarshaw@gettysburg.edu

Jim Pfiffner, George Mason University
pfiffner@gmu.edu

John Hart, Australian National University
j.hart@anu.edu.au

John Fortier, American Enterprise Institute
jfortier@aei.org

PRG, acting for APSA, is one of 8 nominating organizations for these awards.  There are two awards, one for "portrayal of a president," and the other for "service to a president."  PRG may nominate a maximum of 4 people per award.  The Paul Peck Presidential Awards are part of the Paul Peck Presidential Initiative at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.  For more information, see Paul Peck Presidential Initiative at URL:  www.npg.si.edu/event2/initiative5.htm#.

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2005-2006 Richard E. Neustadt Book Award (deadline for submissions/nominations is February 1, 2006)

Chair: Robert Spitzer
Distinguished Service Professor
Political Science Department
SUNY Cortland
Box 2000, Gerhart Drive
Cortland, NY  13045-0900
phone:  607-753-4106
spitzerb@cortland.edu 

Ryan Barilleaux, Miami University
barillrj@muohio.edu

Steve Weatherford, University of California, Santa Barbara
weatherford@polsci.ucsb.edu

Richard Powell, University of Maine
rpowell@maine.edu

Nancy Baker, New Mexico State University
nbaker@nmsu.edu

The Neustadt Book Award is for the best authored and reference book(s) on the presidency.  The Bylaws say "The criteria for the Best Authored Book Award shall include: a) the book so honored must have theoretical significance, and b) the award committee shall consider the broadest number of perspectives as possible in considering nominees. The book must also have a copyright date coinciding with year of the award. This date shall precede the year in which the award is presented. The committee shall give the Best Reference Book Award at its discretion. The Reference Book Award shall be named in accordance with the decision of the Steering Committee or its designees."

The Neustadt Award winner for 2006 must have a 2005 copyright date.

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2005-2006 Founders’ Award (in honor of Fred Greenstein) for Best Paper Presented at APSA (deadline for submissions/nominations is February 1, 2006)

Chair:  David Crockett
Department of Political Science
Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
(210) 999-8344
dcrocket@trinity.edu

Jeffrey Weinberg, Office of Management and Budget
Jeffrey_A._Weinberg@omb.eop.gov

Daniel Cook, University of California, San Francisco
dcook@itsa.ucsf.edu

Rebecca Deen, University of Texas at Arlington
deen@uta.edu

Russ Renka, Southeast Missouri State University
rdrenka@semo.edu

The Bylaws say the Founders' Award for Best Paper   "…shall be given annually for the best paper on the presidency/executives at the previous year's APSA conference."

The 2006 award winner must be a paper delivered at 2005 APSA meeting.

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2005-2006 Founders’ Award (in honor of Michael Grossman) for Best Paper by a Graduate Student (deadline for submissions/nominations is May 1, 2006)

Chair: Meena Bose
Department of Social Sciences
LH 216
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996
phone: 845-938-2932
meena.bose@usma.edu

Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Idaho
brandonr@uidaho.edu

Graham Dodds, Concordia University
gdodds@alcor.concordia.ca

David Cohen, University of Akron
dbcohen@uakron.edu

Chris Kelley, Miami University
ckelley@cinci.rr.com

On the Founders' Award for Best Paper by a Graduate Student, the Bylaws say "….a separate Founders' Best Paper Award shall be presented to the best graduate student paper presented at either the national conference or one of the regional conferences. The paper must have been presented in the academic year preceding the APSA in which the award is granted."

The 2006 winner must be from either 2005 APSA meeting or from a regional meeting held in the 2005-2006 academic year (from August 2005-May 2006).

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2005-2006 Best Undergraduate Paper Award (deadline for submissions/nominations is May 1, 2006)

Chair: Randall Adkins
Department of Political Science
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE  68182
phone: 402-554-3617
radkins@unomaha.edu

Brendan Doherty, University of California at Berkeley
bdoherty@socrates.berkeley.edu

Todd Belt, University of Hawaii,Hilo
tbelt@hawaii.edu

Steven Schier, Carleton College
sschier@carleton.edu

Lydia Andrade, University of the Incarnate Word
andrade@universe.uiwtx.edu 

Best Undergraduate Paper Award  - Awarded to the best paper written by an undergraduate in the academic year prior to the annual meeting at which the award is granted (2006 winner must be a paper written in the academic year 2005-2006 [August 2005-May 2006])

PRG Awards Committees - 2004-2005:                    Top

Richard E. Neustadt Award (best presidency book published in 2004):

Bert Rockman (chair) - Ohio State University
School of Public Policy and Management
300E Fisher Hall, 2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1144
Phone: 614-292-1916
rockman.1@osu.edu

MaryAnne Borrelli - Connecticut College
Jeffrey Cohen - Fordham University
Kenneth Mayer - University of Wisconsin
David Yalof - University of Connecticut

2004-05 Founders' Award (Best Paper delivered at 2004 APSA meeting, awarded in honor of George C. Edwards III):

Janet Martin (chair) - Bowdoin College
Department of Government
9800 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone: 207-725-3618
jmartin@bowdoin.edu

David Gray Adler - Idaho State University
Peri Arnold - University of Notre Dame
John Burke - University of Vermont
Michael Korzi - Towson University

2004-05 Founders' Award (Best Graduate Student Paper, awarded in honor of Fred I. Greenstein)

Paul Quirk (chair) - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Political Science and Institute of Government and Public Affairs
Urbana, IL  61801
Phone: 217-333-9589
p-quirk@uiuc.edu

Matthew Baum - UCLA
Richard Ellis - Willamette University
Karen Hoffman - Wheeling Jesuit University
John Anthony Maltese - University of Georgia

2004-05 Peck Award Committee:

Victoria Farrar-Myers (chair) - University of Texas, Arlington
Department of Political Science
PO Box 19539
601 South Nedderman
Arlington, TX 76019-0539
Phone: 817-272-5265
victoria@uta.edu

Robert Eisinger - Lewis and Clark University
Mark Rozell - George Mason University
Robert Shapiro - Columbia University
Richard Waterman - University of Kentucky

2004-05 Undergraduate Paper Award:

Patricia Conley (chair) - University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
pconley@uchicago.edu

David Lewis - Princeton University
John Orman - Fairfield University

PRG Business Meeting - 1 September 2007:        Top

Presidency Research Group Business Meeting Minutes
September 1, 2007, Chicago, Illinois

I.  WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

President Lori Cox Han called the meeting to order at approximately 12:00 p.m. and welcomed all members to the annual business meeting.  The minutes of the previous business meeting, September 2, 2006, were unanimously approved.

President Han introduced Diane Heith, program chair for the 2008 meeting.  Professor Heith announced that the APSA will be modifying its formula for allocating panels to sections, and urged PRG members to submit proposals.

II.  AWARDS

President Han introduced the award presenters, while noting that plaques would have to be mailed out later.  Chuck Walcott, secretary-treasurer, took full responsibility for the failure to procure plaques on time, while sharing the blame generously with others.

Awards Presentations:

Richard Neustadt Award for Best Book on the Presidency Published in 2006

(Jeffrey Cohen, chair; Diane Heith, Karen Hult, Irwin Morris, Daniel Ponder)

Brandice Canes-Wrone, Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and the Public (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Founders Award (Erwin Hargrove) for Best Paper at APSA 2006

(Mary Stuckey, chair; Lydia Andrade, Ryan Barilleaux, Caroline Heldman, Ray Tatalovich)

Jeffrey E. Cohen and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, "Change and Stability in the President's Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789-2002."

Founders Award (Martha Joynt Kumar) for Best Graduate Student Paper

(John Woolley, chair; Jody Baumgartner, Terri Bimes, Stephen Borrelli, Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha)

Kevin James Parsneau (University of Minnesota), "Politicizing Priority Departments: Presidential Policy Priorities and Subcabinet Nominations" (presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association).

Best Undergraduate Paper Award

(Bruce Nesmith, chair; Rebecca Deen, Graham Dodds, Leah Murray, Brandon Rottinghaus)

Carrie Roush (Dickinson College), "'Great Writ,' Great Power: Habeas Corpus and Prerogative in the Lincoln and Bush II Presidencies" (advisor: Andrew Rudalevige)

Peck Presidential Award Nominations

Shirley Anne Warshaw, chair; Randall Adkins, Meena Bose, Matthew Dickinson, Mark Rozell)

Portrayal: Bradley Patterson

Service: Colin Powell 

III.  REPORTS

Chuck Walcott - Membership and Finance

Professor Walcott reported that our membership now stands at 416, slightly up from the last report, but still part of a gradual down trend.  The treasury is in good shape with a bit over $8,000 and the Edwards award fund stands at $4,835.  When it passes $5,000, it can be turned over to the APSA to manage and additional money can be added to fund the Neustadt award.

Victoria Farrar-Myers - 2008 Awards Committees

The committees have been fully appointed and their membership will be posted soon.  Professor Farrar-Myers conveyed the Board's decision that any book is eligible for the Neustadt only once, in the year of its initial publication.  She urged members to remind editors and publishers to get nominated books submitted on time.

Lori Cox Han - Program

President Han reported for program chair Meena Bose, who could not attend.  The PRG this year had 22 panels, 10 of which were co-sponsored, plus 10 posters.  Of 115 proposals, 85 were accepted.  The main reason a proposal was rejected was lack of fit with other papers.  We had no APSA theme panel.  President Han also announced that Nancy Kassop is section chair for the Western meetings in San Diego, March 20-22.  Professor Kassop noted that the deadline for proposals is September 12 and urged members to visit the Western web site or e-mail Prof. Kassop.

Rich Powell - Newsletter

President Han thanked Professor Powell for his excellent work on the newsletter and announced that he is stepping down after the next issue.  Therefore, we will be searching for a new editor.  Professor Powell reported that scanning back issues of the newsletter into digital format is almost complete and that these will be available through the PRG web site.  He urged early submission of material for the December issue.

Victoria Farrar-Myers - Organized Section Breakfast

Professor Farrar-Myers announced that the APSA has modified its formula for allocating panels to sections.  Number of submissions has become a more important factor.  Details of the new formula will be disseminated by the APSA soon.  The APSA is also encouraging a new norm of three papers per panel in order to facilitate discussion.

The APSA is encouraging sections to migrate their web pages to the APSA server, which will host them at no charge.  The PRG is seriously considering this.  The APSA will also be allowing sections to send "blast" e-mails to their membership and/or to those who have not renewed.

A new section (#38) on Sexuality and Politics has been approved.

Several sections have been partnering with journals, providing reduced-price subscriptions with section memberships.  The APSA is monitoring the effects of this practice.  The APSA is also encouraging sections to provide mentoring and to involve faculty from B.A. and M.A.-granting schools in leadership positions.  Finally, the APSA is urging participation in the 2009 IPSA meetings in Santiago, Chile.

Martha Kumar - Mentoring and EO 13233

Professor Kumar promised renewed effort toward sustaining our highly successful mentoring program.  Regarding the Executive Order, Professor Kumar reported that off-the-record meetings with the White House Counsel's office continue, but most recently critics of the Order have not been well received.  Professor Kumar has sent a note directly to White House Counsel Fred Fielding and met with Senate staffers to urge that the order be rescinded.

IV.  ELECTIONS

President Han presented this year's slate of officers.  As per our rules, the vice president becomes president, the secretary-treasurer become vice president, and a new secretary treasurer is nominated by the officers and presented to the Board for approval.  Thus this slate of officers was presented:

Victoria Farrar-Myers - President

Chuck Walcott - Vice President

Jeff Cohen - Secretary-Treasurer

The following slate of new Board members was also presented:

Lily Goren, Ken Mayer, Kevin McMahon, Jeff Peake, and Shirley Anne Warshaw, all for three year terms.

The slates of officers and Board members were unanimously approved.

V.  NEW BUSINESS

President Han noted that the first George Edwards dissertation prize of $250 would be presented next year, and that the PRG has also decided to endow the Neustadt award at the same level.  The Board has decided to transfer $1000 to the Neustadt fund this year, completing the endowment of the Edwards award and getting a start on the Neustadt.  Continued support from the treasury is possible, depending upon finances.

Shirley Anne Warshaw announced that she is editing a new series on the presidency for Stanford University Press, and encouraged PRG members to submit manuscripts.

MaryAnne Borrelli, chair of the Edwards dissertation committee for next year, asked for others who have served on similar committees to share their experience with her.

Terri Bimes announced a conference on "The American Presidency at War" to be held at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 2008.

President Han thanked the membership for their support during her term as president, then turned the gavel over to Professor Farrar-Myers.  Professor Farrar-Myers presented Professor Han with a small gift as a token of appreciation for her work on behalf of the PRG.

Professor Farrar-Myers, upon accepting the gavel, urged PRG members to register with the APSA as a media contact and to let others know when we do something for the media.  She emphasized her interest in using the listserv to work toward becoming an e-community.  She also announced the formation of an ad-hoc committee on Membership and Communication to examine ways we can serve our members better, and asked for volunteers for this committee.  Professor Farrar-Myers also indicated that the PRG will be in a position to give some monetary support for assistance to whoever becomes the next newsletter editor. 

Professor Farrar-Myers also announced plans for a presidency conference in 2009, probably in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  An advisory committee for this conference will be formed. 

Finally, Professor Farrar-Myers asked the membership for continuing feedback on the work of the PRG.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:05 p.m.

PRG Executive Board Minutes - 30 August 2007:        Top

Presidency Research Group Executive Board Minutes
August 30, 2007, Chicago, Illinois

I.  WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

President Lori Cox Han called the meeting to order at 5:34 p.m. 

Board Members and officers in Attendance:  Randy Adkins, Dave Adler, Nancy Baker, Terri Bimes, Meena Bose, Jim Campbell, David Crockett, Brendan Doherty, Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, Victoria Farrar-Myers (vice president), John Fortier, Nancy Kassop, Martha Kumar, Rich Powell, Chuck Walcott (secretary-treasurer).

 The minutes of the previous Board meeting, September 2, 2006, were approved.

 II.  AWARDS

President Han noted the list of this year's PRG award winners (see Exhibit A attached hereto).  These awards will be announced at the business meeting.

President-elect Farrar-Myers announced that all award committees for 2008 are at full strength (see Exhibit B).  Further, she informed the Board that the APSA will solicit departments for nominees for the Edwards dissertation award, which will come on-line in 2007.  And as in previous years, the APSA will solicit publishers for the Neustadt award.

III.  ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Chuck Walcott - Membership and Finance

Professor Walcott reported that our membership now stands at 416, which is down from prior years, though up slightly from its low point this year and about level with last year.  The long-term downward trend is worth noting and addressing, but in no way jeopardizes the PRG's standing with the APSA.  Financially, we are in good shape (see Exhibit C).  The fund to endow the Edwards and Neustadt awards has nearly $5000 in it.

Meena Bose - Program Chair

Professor Bose reported that the PRG has 22 panels at this meeting, 10 of which are co-sponsored.  She noted that aggressively seeking co-sponsorship served to expand our panel total beyond the 17 originally allocated.  Of about 115 submissions, 85 were accepted.  Professor Bose reported that we had ample numbers of people willing to serve as panel chairs and discussants.  She observed that in the future we could use more full-panel and roundtable proposals, and that themes were hard to develop for some rather disparate papers.  Many of the rejected proposals failed because they could not be fit into a panel theme.  We did not get a theme panel from the APSA because we did not have the requisite interdisciplinarity to fit this year's theme. 

Rich Powell - Newsletter Editor

Professor Powell noted that both the last two issues of the newsletter have been on time and filled with ample content, though much of that content tended to come in toward the last minute.  He will be stepping down in order to pursue a leave, but will produce this year's final issue.  

Victoria Farrar-Myers - Organized Section Breakfast

Professor Farrar-Myers reported that the APSA has modified the formula for allocating panels to sections, and that the details of the new formula would be available and shared soon.  The APSA is also trying to move toward a norm (not a requirement) of only three papers per panel in order to offer more opportunity for discussion.

Recruitment strategies for organized sections were discussed at the breakfast.  Journal partnerships have become popular; the APSA staff will try to monitor this to determine their effect on membership in sections offering journals, and in other sections as well.  The APSA will also offer services to sections: the capability to generate e-mail "blasts" to section members and to lists of lapsed members, as well as free web hosting for section web pages. 

Professor Farrar-Myers announced the formation of a new organized section, Sexuality and Politics.  The section has quickly moved close to the required 250 members necessary for APSA recognition.

Mentoring was another topic of discussion at the breakfast.  APSA staff made it clear that they do not consider section efforts in this area to be in competition with their own.  Sections are encouraged to devote effort to mentoring, an area in which the PRG is well known to be a leader.

The APSA is involved in international partnerships, most notably with the IPSA.  The IPSA will next meet in Santiago, Chile, in 2009.  Since this is not a location that promises to attract strong attendance, the APSA is encouraging its members to consider participating.

Finally, APSA staff indicated that they seek to involve more faculty from community colleges and non-Ph.D.-granting institutions in section leadership positions.  It is hoped that an enhanced focus on teaching and learning will help to achieve this goal.

Martha Kumar - Mentoring and Executive Order 13233

Professor Kumar observed that not only has the PRG mentoring program been successful, but also that nobody has turned down a request to be a mentor.

Professor Kumar then reported on the annual meeting of scholars with the White House counsel's office.  President Han was also among those in attendance.  For the first time, the group was not able to meet with the Counsel, now Fred Fielding.  Instead, they met with one of his then-deputies, Bill Kelly, whom Professor Kumar described as "combative."  Since this meeting was less than satisfactory, Professor Kumar has written directly to Mr. Fielding requesting that the Executive Order be rescinded.  She has also met with congressional staff to urge that Congress act on the issue.  The fear is that a new president might choose to keep the order.  President Han and the Board thanked Professor Kumar for her efforts.

IV.  NEW BUSINESS

President Lori Cox Han explained a decision by this year's officers to clarify the criteria for considering a book for the Neustadt award.  A book can be considered only in its initial publication (not subsequent editions, foreign language editions, etc.) in competition with other books published in the same calendar year.  It is the responsibility of authors and publishers to meet the deadlines, though the Neustadt committee may, at its discretion, solicit submissions.  There was no dissent to these clarifications.

President Han thanked Martha Kumar for her efforts in raising funds for the Edwards dissertation award.  At Randy Adkins's suggestion, the Board voted unanimously to recommend transferring $1000 immediately from the regular account to the Edwards-Neustadt account, thus reaching the endowment threshold and making it possible to place the money in the hands of the APSA to manage.

The Board thanked Rich Powell for his excellent work on the newsletter, then moved to a discussion of recruitment of his successor and the format of the newsletter.  Recruitment will proceed apace, and continuation of the electronic format was generally supported.  Professor Powell reported that he has nearly completed the scanning of all back issues of the newsletter into electronic format for access via the PRG web site.

The Board moved to a discussion of the PRG web page, with the consensus being that we should take advantage of the APSA's offer to host it for free, primarily to assure continuity.  Professor Powell requested that the page not be moved before December so that he does not have to alter his routine for publishing the newsletter.

A discussion of the newsletter and the search for a new editor broadened into a conversation about how better to connect with the bulk of the PRG membership, i.e. people who do not generally come to PRG meetings.  Professor Farrar-Myers raised the idea of a task force on membership and communication to explore such issues.  The Board approved this, to run parallel to the search for a new newsletter editor.

Professor Farrar-Myers proposed that the PRG sponsor a conference on the presidency in the spring of 2009, probably in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  She asked the Board for approval to create a committee to plan and to look for funding.  This was passed unanimously.

V.  ELECTIONS

The executive officers recommended Jeff Cohen to be the new secretary-treasurer.  This was unanimously accepted by the Board. 

 After one secret ballot plus a runoff, the Board elected Lily Goren, Kevin McMahon, Jeff Peake and Shirley Anne Warshaw to three-year Board terms. 

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:55 p.m.

PRG Business Meeting - 3 September 2005:        Top

Presidency Research Group
Minutes of Business Meeting
Saturday, September 3, 2005
Washington, D.C.

I.  President Bruce Miroff called the meeting to order at 12:07 p.m.

II.  Announcements:  Miroff urged members in attendance to extend help to any colleagues impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

Miroff introduced Terri Bimes, 2005 program chair, who reported that the PRG sponsored or co-sponsored a total of 24 panels at the 2005 annual meeting.  Miroff then introduced Ken Mayer, who will serve as the 2006 program chair. Proposals should be sent to: kmayer@polisci.wisc.edu.

III.  Presentation of Awards:

Victoria Farrar-Myers announced the PRG nominees for the Paul Peck Presidential Awards for Service to the Presidency (Bradley Patterson) and Portrayal of the Presidency (Fred Greenstein).  This year’s Peck selection panel was chaired by David Gergen, and the winners are: Howard Baker, Service to the Presidency, and Hugh Sidey, Portrayal of the Presidency.  The formal presentation is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2005.

Bert Rockman announced the winner of the Neustadt Book Award, which had a total of 27 nominations this year.  The award was presented to Kevin McMahon for Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown (University of Chicago Press).

Janet Martin announced the winner of the Founders Award (named for George C. Edwards III) for the Best Paper Presented at APSA in 2004: Lawrence R. Jacobs and James N. Druckman for "Lumpers and Splitters: The Public Opinion Information That Politicians Collect and Use."

Paul Quirk, who chaired the selection committee for the Best Graduate Student Paper for 2004, announced that no winner was to be presented this year due to insufficient nominations.  He suggested that more discussion is necessary to determine how to generate more nominations.  Nancy Kassop recommended that anyone aware of a quality graduate student paper from this year’s APSA should send in submissions directly to her by September 30 at kassopn@newpaltz.edu, and she will forward nominations to the committee chair as soon as the committee is formed.  Victoria Farrar-Myers suggested that the chair of the committee should contact the chairs and discussants from APSA and regional meeting panels to encourage submissions.  Terry Sullivan pointed out that part of the problem stems from graduate students having a harder time getting their papers accepted to APSA and that more follow up with regional meetings is necessary to increase submissions.

David Lewis announced the winner of the Best Undergraduate Paper Award: Rebecca Stark, Carleton College, for "The Influence of Foreign Affairs in Presidential Elections, 1992-2004."  Her advisor, Steven Schier, accepted the award on her behalf.

IV.  Reports

Lori Cox Han, Secretary/Treasurer, reported that PRG ended the APSA fiscal year (June 30, 2005) with a closing balance of $7040.73.  Expenses for the 2005 APSA convention totaled approximately $1200, which would leave a balance of approximately $5800.  Also, the PRG had a total of 427 members as of 8/4/05.

Dan Ponder, PRG Newsletter Editor, reported that there should be two issues forthcoming this year.  He requested that members contact him with any ideas about articles, announcements, and reported a new feature that would allow members to submit a paragraph about any new books they have published.

Martha Joynt Kumar reported on the PRG mentoring program, which she has overseen with the assistance of George Edwards, and stated that the program has been successful in providing advice to junior scholars on issues such as tenure and publications.  She also reported on the following issues: The APSA/PRG fellowship program has had few proposals but members are encouraged to take advantage of the research support available to those conducting research in the Washington, D.C. area.  The White House Historical Association is interested in receiving grant proposals from presidency scholars within political science.  The PRG, in conjunction with APSA President Margaret Levi, sent a letter to Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, in response to a request for input on the strategic plan for the NARA.  The letter encouraged Weinstein to continue to consider the impact of Executive Order 13233 on research at presidential libraries.

V.  Nomination and Election of PRG Officers and Board Members

Vice-President/President-Elect: Lori Cox Han

Secretary/Treasurer: Victoria Farrar-Myers

New PRG Board Members (3-year term): Randall Adkins, David B. Cohen, Chris Dolan, Karen Hoffman, Steven Schier, Stephen Weatherford

 (George Edwards moved to accept the slate of officers, with a second by Shirley Anne Warshaw, and the motion was approved).

 Bruce Miroff then presented a proposal, which had been approved by the Board, to clarify the election procedure for PRG officers.  It states:

 Elected officers of the Presidency Research Group shall serve for three years: one year as secretary/treasurer, one year as vice president/president-elect, and one year as president.  No later than two months before the annual business meeting at APSA, the president of PRG shall solicit nominations (and self-nominations) from members of the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee for the position of secretary/treasurer.  All nominations should include a brief statement in support of the nominee and must be submitted no later than two weeks before the business meeting.  The president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer shall deliberate on the pool of nominees and seek agreement among themselves on the individual they will recommend at the Steering Committee Meeting at APSA.  The Steering Committee will be informed of the pool of nominees once it is complete.  At the Steering Committee Meeting, if at least one third of the members present request it, the nominee will be selected instead by a majority runoff secret ballot.

 (Terry Sullivan moved to change the PRG bylaws to reflect this new policy, with a second from Victoria Farrar-Myers, and the motion was approved. Terry Sullivan then moved to resolve to revisit the by-law change within three years, with a second by Jeff Cohen, and the motion was approved).

VI.  New President of PRG

 Bruce Miroff introduced Nancy Kassop as the new President of the PRG.  Kassop then presented a plaque to Miroff and thanked him for his service as president during the past year.  Kassop also reported that she has three initiatives that she intends to pursue this coming year:

 1) Handle any remaining issues involving the PRG Listserve.

2) Increase the use of the PRG Listserve to better communicate with members.  Requests for subscriptions should be sent to: prgnet@unc.edu.  The address for the Listserve is: prgnews@unc.edu.  New Listserve procedures are in operation.  To reply to a message and, thus, to participate in a discussion, you must now send a new message to: prgnews@unc.edu.  If you reply to a message by hitting "reply," your message will be sent only to the original sender of the message and not to the full Listserve.  The PRG web page can be accessed through www.apsanet.org.  Click on "Membership," then "Organized Sections," then "Section 9: Presidency Research."

3) Create an electronic depository for "orphan" White House/Executive Branch interviews.

VII.  President Nancy Kassop adjourned the meeting at 12:57 p.m.

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