Contact: Mary E. Horgan
White Plains, N. Y. — Brian J. Nickerson has been appointed Director of Pace University’s The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management effective September 1, 2001, it was announced today by Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, Dean of the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences. Nickerson will have responsibility for overseeing the Michaelian Institute’s extensive research, workshops, and conference programs that were designed to support and enhance the effectiveness of government and nonprofit organizations. He will also serve an associate professor of political science and public administration.
As director, Nickerson will work closely with leaders in both government and non-profit sectors to expand existing collaborative partnerships with Pace University, such as the international government officials training program. He also plans to develop new Pace initiatives for public policy leaders that will include a new “policy brief” series, an informative newsletter, demographic studies, and expert consortiums.
Nickerson has taught in Pace’s MPA program as an adjunct faculty member and served as research associate for the Michaelian Institute since 1994. He was assistant professor of history and political science at Iona College and a pre-law coordinator, and faculty research associate for the Iona College Center for Social Research. Currently, he is completing his Ph.D. in American Politics and Public Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs of SUNY Albany. Nickerson received his MPA and JD degrees from Pace University in 1993 while earning the distinction of Dyson College’s “Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year.”
In addition to his extensive academic training and experience as an attorney, Nickerson brings to Pace a diverse background in applied public policy research areas, such as policy evaluation and public opinion polling. He has also authored several articles, including a chapter on the New York State Courts in the recently revised Governing New York State, and has published numerous conference papers on timely political topics, such as the Bush v. Gore case. He is also the political analyst for WFAS News Talk Radio, a CNN affiliate, and serves as a weekly guest commentator on its Word on Politics show.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.