Voinovich’s extraordinary success as senator, governor,
and mayor was due in great part to his being a
pioneering master of collaboration.”
James E. Austin, Harvard Business School
Competitors sought for the
2nd Annual Voinovich
Public Innovation Challenge
Theme: Collaborative Partnerships
Your NASPAA Institution is invited to join a ‘pitch competition’
in honor of the late Sen. George V. Voinovich who was known for
his commitment to collaboration as a powerful tool for public
change, as indicated by his posthumously published book,
Empowering the Public-Private Partnership: The Future of
America’s Local Government.
If your innovative collaborative partnership is selected as one
of the three finalists, you will receive:
- An opportunity to present your program publically at the 2018 NASPAA conference
- A chance to win a $3,500 award to further your programmatic
To apply, interested faculty or professional staff must:
Notify Kate Leeman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
of your intent to submit a proposal by close of business,
Friday, September 14, 2018.
- Have developed an innovative collaborative partnership to
enhance students’ education, address an unmet need, and/or
improve programmatic efficiency or effectiveness.
- Create a two-page written overview, telling us what you are
doing and how it works. Submission
Deadline: September 21, 2018.
- Be prepared to present your approach at the 2018 NASPAA
Conference October 10-13th in Atlanta, Georgia if you are
selected for the finalist pool.
- All collaborative partnerships are eligible, but preference
will be given to projects that incorporate elements of social
innovation. That is, projects that create new solutions to
challenging social or environmental problems by crossing
traditional economic sector boundaries through their
motivations, participants, funding, processes, or tools. This
could include public-private partnerships, risk-based finance,
incorporation of lean start-up, human-centered design, social
return on investment, etc.
NASPAA’s Executive Director, Laurel McFarland, and Ohio
University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Dean, Dr. Mark Weinberg, conceived of this competition as a
commemoration of their mutual friend and colleague, Senator
George V. Voinovich (July 15, 1936- June 12, 2016), whose nearly
half-century of public service was a living example of servant
leadership. He encouraged others to design and deliver practical
solutions to challenging public problems, to expand higher
education public-private partnerships, and, most importantly, to
educate, mentor and develop people engaged in public service
from every sector and walk of life.
Questions and applications
applications can be submitted to Kate Leeman, Voinovich School
Director of Strategic Initiatives, at