Astrid Merget, an expert on public finance, public administration, and nonprofit management, is the John W. Dupuy Endowed Professor in the Public Administration Institute of the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU).
In 2011, she was elected chair of the board of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). As chair, she joins other academic leaders, scientists, public officials, and entrepreneurs in furthering NCSE’s goal of improving the scientific basis for environmental public policy.
Merget has had a distinguished career in academia. At LSU, she has also served as vice chancellor and provost; her prior administrative positions include dean, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affair; associate dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; chair, Department of Public Administration, Syracuse University; director, School of Public Policy and Management, Ohio State University; and acting dean, College of Business, Ohio State University.
In addition, she has held senior executive positions in the federal government, including senior advisor to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and special assistant to the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Merget served as a Mount Holyoke College trustee from 1998 to 2003. She has also served on the boards of the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs, and the National Council for Science and the Environment.
Merget graduated from MHC magna cum laude with a major in politics and earned her master’s degree and doctorate from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.