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ABFM 2012 in NYC a BIG Success!

With more than 300 attendees and more than 100 paper and research presentations, ABFM’s 2012 Annual Conference this past October at the Marriott Midtown East Side in New York City, hosted by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, provded to live up to some pretty high expectations.

“The New York conference proved to be a great success,” said Jim Savage, ABFM Chair. “New York registered the highest attendance and produced our largest registration revenues and donor sponsorships of our past six conferences.”

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Annual Recipients epitomize Public Finance Excellence

Philip Joyce receives Wildavsky Award, Roy Bahl adds Howard Award

2012 ABFM Awards Luncheon recognized (left-to-right) Forrest Longman (Michael Curro Student Paper Award), Philip Joyce (Aaron Wildavsky Award), Roy Bahl (S. Kenneth Howard Award) and James Douglas (Jesse Burkhead Award, Public Budgeting & Finance)

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Treasurer Succession Announced

Bryan Sullivan to turn over position to Deborah Carroll

Among the items discussed during the business meeting at the 2012 ABFM Conference in New York City on October 12th, longtime ABFM Treasurer Bryan Sullivan announced he would be stepping down from the position, following a transition of duties.

ABFM Chair Jim Savage and Chair-Elect Scott Pattison selected Deborah Carroll, Assistant Professor at The University of Georgia and former ABFM Executive Committee member, to the position of Assistant Treasurer, with her assuming the Office of Treasurer following completion of the transition.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed Treasurer of ABFM,” Carroll said. “I very much look forward to the opportunity to give back to a community of practitioners and scholars that I have been involved with and benefited greatly from for more than a decade.”

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Strong Leaders Depart Exec

2012 sees the end of the tenures of several members of the ABFM Executive Committee who provided valuable leadership and service over the past several years.

  • Carol Ebdon, 2011 Chair
  • Bryan Sullivan, Treasurer since 2007
  • Jonathan Justice, Executive Committee since 2010
  • M. Peter van der Hoek, Executive Committee since 2007
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Jordan Joins ODU

Dr. Meagan Jordan, member of the ABFM Executive Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee has joined the faculty of Old Dominion University's Dept. of Urban Studies and Public Administration.  Dr. Jordan was previously at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. 

Robbins deals with challenges of elected practitioner

Tenure as City Comptroller exposes ABFM Secretariat to realities of municipal finance, politics

Students have a tendency to spark unusual responses from their teachers. For Donijo Robbins-Dejonge, an Associate Professor of Grand Valley State University and ABFM Secretariat, one such student convinced her to take on a two-year odyssey into elected municipal financial office.

"When I was at the 2010 ABFM conference in Omaha," Robbins recalled, "I received an email from a student of mine who works for the City (of Grand Rapids). In that email he suggested that I apply for the comptroller position."

"I remember laughing out loud and wondering if the student was really serious."

The student, however, did not give up.

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ABFM is a research section of the American Society for Public Administration

About ABFM
We aim to promote the professional development of budgeting and financial management in the public and non-profit sectors. Embracing both theorectical and operational concerns, ABFM addresses issues in budgeting processes and practice in financial management.

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ABFM Board of Directors

2012 Chair
James D. Savage

University of Virginia

2013 Chair

Scott Pattison


Vice Chair
2014 Chair

Charles Menifield

University of Missouri-Columbia

Immediate Past Chair
2011 Chair

Carol Ebdon

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Secretary & Archivist
Donijo Robbins

Grand Valley State University

Bryan Sullivan

State of Delaware

Assistant Treasurer
Deborah Carroll
University of Georgia

Newsletter Editor

Kenneth Hunter
City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Executive Committee
2010-2012 Term
Jonathan B. Justice, University of Delaware

Kenneth Hunter, City of Rocky Mount, NC
M. Peter van der Hoek, Erasmus University (Denmark)

2011-2013 Term
Carolyn Bourdeaux, Georgia State University

Meagan Jordan, University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Eric Scorsone, University of Michigan

2012-2014 Term
Thad Calbrese, New York University

Helisse Levine, Long Island University
Dan Smith, New York University
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