Contact: Mary E. Horgan
White Plains, N. Y — Pace University announced today that Dr. Anthony A. Cupaiuolo will be stepping down on September 1, 2001 as Director of the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management, a position he has held since 1986. A search for his successor is near completion. Dr. Cupaiuolo will remain at Pace as a professor of public administration.
Dr. Cupaiuolo’s professional career spans more than three decades and includes experience as a public administrator, an educator, researcher, author, and community advocate. He joined Pace University in 1979 as a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration, part of the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, to provide management training to administrators and supervisors in the Westchester County Department of Social Services.
Dr. Cupaiuolo also helped establish a similar program for Rockland County’s Department of Social Services and was instrumental in developing a special scholarship for county and local government employees interested in pursuing graduate education. In 1995 he collaborated with the United Way of Westchester/Putnam to establish a training center for not-for-profit executives and managers.
Under his leadership, the Michaelian Institute was selected to provide a comprehensive continuing one-year training program for Japanese local government officials. As a result, Dr. Cupaiuolo was selected in 1993 by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Japanese government to participate in their first international exchange program on local government.
Dr. Cupaiuolo has lectured and written extensively on the legal and community relations’ issues affecting the establishment of group homes as well as on public management, welfare, housing issues, and comparative government. He has also directed numerous studies on making municipal government operations more efficient and effective.
Dr. Cupaiuolo is a founding board member of the Westchester Housing Fund and also serves as chair of its Community Relations Committee. He is also an advisory board member for both A-HOME, which provides group homes for the elderly and the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester — an alternative to jail for youth awaiting trial; he was one of the founders of the Youth Shelter Program. He has served as chair of the Westchester County Commission on the Homeless, vice chair of the Westchester County Housing Implementation Commission, co-chair of the Westchester Special Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect, and vice chair of the board and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee of the St. Cabrini Nursing Home. He was an active participant with Westchester 2000 and contributed to many of its studies and reports. He currently serves as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society in Westchester and chairs its Public Policy and Tobacco Work Group.
In l966, Dr. Cupaiuolo received his A.B. degree from Fordham University, where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham in l968 and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from Columbia University in l979. At Pace, he has served two terms as chair of the Department of Public Administration and in 1999 he received the Dyson College’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He and his wife, Joan, are residents of the Town of Bedford; they have two grown children.
The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management and its legal research affiliate the Municipal Law Resources Center (MLRC), respond to the needs of the public and not-for-profit sectors for governance and management training and development, and for research to support and enhance their operations. The Institute and the Center were named in honor of the late Edwin G. Michaelian, former Westchester County executive and the Institute’s first director.