Charles is the retired director of the Kansas University Public Management Center. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His public service experience includes four years as the Governor-appointed Director of Environment at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and ten years (1998 to 2009) as a Douglas County Commissioner. Although Charles is retired, we anticipate that he will still teach with the School of Public Affairs & Administration. Previously within the MPA program Charles taught Public Policy and Administration; Budgeting and Policy Analysis; Role, Context and Ethics of Public Administration; and Collaborative Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement. Charles also taught in the Center’s Certified Public Manager, Emerging Leaders Academy, and other programs, bringing the perspective of elective, appointed and entrepreneurial success to policy and technical aspects of public management.