Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus was inducted today as an honorary member of the Marist College Pi Alpha Alpha chapter of the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
The Marist College Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha promotes the advancement of education and scholarship in the art and science of public affairs administration, and fosters integrity and creative performance in the conduct of public service operations.
Honorary Membership in Pi Alpha Alpha is reserved for individuals who have achieved distinction in public administration and who possess the distinguished qualities that Pi Alpha Alpha fosters including integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.
According to James Melitski, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Pi Alpha Alpha Faculty Advisor, “County Executive Steinhaus was chosen for this honor because of his commitment to public service as Dutchess County Executive.” Steinhaus is the first individual outside of Marist College to receive an honorary induction.
Today’s ceremony was Marist College’s second year inducting members. Twenty-four graduating Master of Public Administration (MPA) students and three Marist faculty members - Executive Vice President Roy Merolli, School of Management Dean Elmore Alexander and Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion Lee Miringoff - were inducted into the chapter during a ceremony in the Performing Arts Room at the Marist College Student Center.
County Executive Steinhaus is a graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School in the Town of Wappinger, New York, Dutchess Community College and SUNY Brockport, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 1972. Mr. Steinhaus continued his education through graduate studies at Bridgeport University and SUNY New Paltz. He is also a 1998 recipient of the Marist College President’s Award. Mr. Steinhaus has dedicated his entire career to public service and is currently serving his fifth term as Dutchess County Executive.