B.A., Carleton College
M.P.A., Ph.D., Maxwell School, Syracuse
Professor Garnett is Professor and associate chair of the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration. He has served on the faculties of The American University, West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, and Syracuse University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Carleton College (1967) and a Master of Public Administration (1971) and Ph. D. in Public Administration (1978) from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
His research interests include government communication, administrative reform and reorganization, crisis communication and management, strategic management, and health care policy and management. He is author of Reorganizing State Government: The Executive Branch (Westview, 1980) for which he won the School of Government and Public Administration Book Prize and Communicating for Results in Government: A Strategic Approach for Public Managers (Jossey-Bass, 1992). He is co-editor and a contributor to the Handbook of Administrative Communication (Marcel Dekker). He has contributed chapters to ten anthologies including Communicating Effectively; (Handbook of Public Administration, Jossey-Bass) and “Barreras a la communicacion gubernamental efectiva: una vision neueva de un problema antigua” [“Barriers to Effective Government Communication: A New Look at an Old Problem”], La neueva Administracion Publica. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1996.
Professor Garnett has published in the Public Administration Review (Washington), Administration and Society (Blacksburg), International Journal of Public Administration (New York), State Government (Lexington), The Urban Interest, (now the Journal of Urban Affairs), Asian Review of Public Administration (Manila), Perspectives (Washington), Government Communication (Washington), and other journals. He serves on the board of editors of four journals: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (Oxford), Public Productivity and Management Review
(Beverly Hills), Public Voices ( New York), State and Local Government Review ( Athens, GA.).
Garnett served in government as Program Assistant to the Governor of New York, as a Research Associate for the State Study Commission and State Charter Revision Commissions for New York City [also known as the Scott Commission], Coordinator for Faculty Development for the West Virginia Board of Regents, educational consultant to the United States Department of Defense, and consultant on communication to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Dr. Garnett is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a Maxwell Scholar, and has been recognized for scholarly contributions to the field of Public Administration.