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Dr. Terrence Deal addresses the audience during a discussion at the COMPACT II conference held on La Verne's main campus early in June.

Dr. Terrence Deal addresses the audience during a discussion at the COMPACT II conference held on La Verne's main campus early in June.

Complex Thinking

  • June 20, 2013

University of La Verne alumnus, professor and author Dr. Terrence Deal was one of several global experts on leadership to present at the Challenges of Making Public Administration and Complexity Theory Work (COMPACT II) conference held on La Verne’s main campus June 5–8.

Deal, who is leading the effort to develop a “Leadership Institute” at La Verne in the coming year, argued that leadership is very much about dealing with complexity and the challenge is to assure an approach that honors all areas of concern in the development of public services. An internationally known expert on leadership and organization studies, Deal has authored 40 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on organizations, leadership, change culture, symbolism and spirit.

University of La Verne professor Dr. Jack Meek played a major role in bringing the conference to the United States and to the University of La Verne.

“Public service is made complicated due to congested public arenas and recognition of the inter-related nature of policy issues that often call upon several levels of government and authorities to act,” Professor of Public Administration Jack Meek said.

Working with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the Governance of Complex Systems (GOCS), Meek was instrumental in bringing the conference to the United States. The first conference (COMPACT I) was held at Erasmus University in the Netherlands in 2011.

Addressing complex issues in public policy, public decision-making and public management, more than 20 presentations focused on challenges that face metropolitan systems around the world in managing and maintaining adequate supplies of water, air quality, housing, health, functional transportation and education.

La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick, University of La Verne Provost Dr. Greg Dewey and Claremont City Councilman Dr. Larry Schroeder opened the conference, that included speakers from the Netherlands and New Zealand.

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