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    The 2016 CPAP High Table speaker is David Van Slyke. This year's High Table is scheduled for April 15 and 16 in Blacksburg.  The title of Dr. Van Slyke's talk is  "We Need Each Other--Now More Than Ever:  Rethinking the Government-Business Relationship".

    David M. Van Slyke is the Associate Dean and Chair of the department of public administration 
and international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse 
University. Van Slyke also holds the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy and is a tenured full professor. He also serves as a non-resident faculty member at the Maastricht 
Graduate School of Governance which is part of the United Nations University system and the 
University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Dr. Van Slyke is an elected Director (2016-2019) and 
Fellow (2010) of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is a two-time recipient of 
the Birkhead-Burkhead Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award (2006-2010 and 2014-2018), the Beryl Radin Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Public Administration 
Research and Theory (JPART), and the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy Award from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at 
Albany, State University of New York. Van Slyke is a co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and The Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the International Review of Public Administration, and the International Journal of Public Sector Management.

   His research and teaching focuses on government contracting, public-private partnerships, policy implementation, and strategic management in public and nonprofit 



organizations. Specifically he is interested in government’s use of policy instruments, such as contracts, partnerships and grants, in both intergovernmental and interorganizational relationships and how they shape each institutional actor’s strategic behavior and decision making.  He has published on these topics in a range of domestic and international journal and practitioner outlets. His most recent book, Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program is published by Cambridge University Press and is the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Research Best Book Award for 2014.

    Dr. Van Slyke is actively engaged in executive education and has conducted training around the world including in China, India, Singapore, and Thailand. He has worked in Russia with the World Bank on issues of corruption in government contracting and partnerships and the
decentralization of service delivery systems with third parties. Prior to becoming an academic, 
David worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  He holds a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College.