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Mike Marsh

Mike Marsh

“An integrated understanding and consideration of the various issues affecting the decision-making process must be supported by an independent thought process and a well-refined ability to communicate.”

Message

Ethical decision-making, corporate social responsibility, public policy-making, program implementation, staff mobilization and effective use of administrative processes all require a thorough understanding of the myriad components of management. Studying each element in isolation is important, but to become effective managers, students must integrate their learning into real-world application. In class, you will apply your learning to management scenarios related to public, non-profit, and business organizations.

An integrated understanding and consideration of the various issues affecting the decision-making process must be supported by an independent thought process and a well-refined ability to communicate. Whether addressed to employees or decision makers, effective communication requires focused, thoughtful consideration of the audience. Students will be encouraged to hone a clear, succinct writing ability as a ubiquitous necessity for effective management and decision-making.

Biography

Mike Marsh delivers insight and experience refined from a career spent across the three branches of government. In that time he has directed development of the Governor’s Recommended Budget, ensured efficient and effective use of state resources according to gubernatorial and legislative policy, incorporated private sector and local government involvement into the review process of state government, and developed management effectiveness and efficiency methods for state agencies.

During his ten years as Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Mike led improvements that earned the Advancing Government Accountability award; a first for an Oregon state agency. Mike was also recognized for demystifying the budget and building credibility with the legislature and the public.

Mike has taught nationally and internationally on customer-focused and results-driven government, including performance budgeting and management.

As an independent consultant, Mike currently assists state and local governments with accountable, citizen-focused budgeting.

Mike enjoys traveling internationally, particularly to learn about different cultures and their histories.  He also scuba dives and competes in dragon boat races.

Education

  • M.B.A., Willamette University
  • B.S., University of Oregon

Areas of Instruction

Defining the relationship between the components of public and private sector management.

Research Interests/Professional Focus

Public Finance and Management.

Selected Professional Activities

Board Member - Oregon Public Performance Measurement Association

Past Chair - Marion County Budget Committee

Past Board Member - Oregon Public Employee Retirement System

Past Chair - Committee on Taxation, Commerce, Physical Resources, and Transportation for the National Association of State Budget Officers Executive Committee

Past Chair - Oregon Bond Committee

Past Chair - Private Activity Bond Committee

Past President - State Management Association Board

Selected Publications/Presentations

Mike has spoken about public management in Edmonton and Ottawa, Canada, as well as around the U.S. from Seattle to Washington, D.C. and St. Paul to New Orleans. Subject matter focused on financial and performance management.

He helped author “Deciding for Investment – Getting Returns on Tax Dollars” through The Alliance for Redesigning Government, National Academy of Public Administration.