Rail Splitter Award

Rail Splitter Public Service Award

The Central Illinois Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration has established the Rail Splitter Public Service Award to pay tribute to public servants (government and nonprofit) whose careers exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment.

This award is presented annually to individuals who have spent a primary part of their careers working in public service; made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis rather than having performed a single exceptional deed; and accomplished or caused to be accomplished significant programs or projects within their areas of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the general public.

 Nominations are solicited from the entire public service community and are not limited to ASPA members. Awards will be presented at the Chapter’s Annual Awards Meeting.

2017 Recipient: Barbara Ferrara

Dr. Barbara Ferrara has worked for more than 41 years for Sangamon State University and the University of Illinois Springfield. She has served since 2002 as Associate Director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership and as Assistant to the Executive Director of the Institute for Public Affairs from 1989 to 2002. Dr. Ferrara served, from 1985 to 1988, as staff editor of Management Science and Policy Analysis, a section journal of ASPA. One of her most significant accomplishments has been her stewardship of UIS’ annual Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series which has featured presentations by over 30 leading Lincoln scholars and policy experts since it began in 2002.

Previous Public Service Award Recipients

1989    Robert Mandeville
1990    Robert Cronson
1992    Sam Gove
1993    Naomi Lynn
1994    James Nowlan
1995    Richard Moy
1996    Paul Simon
1997    Mike Lawrence
1998    Jim Edgar
1999    Jesse White
2001    Naomi Lynn
2011    William Holland
2012    John Stremsterfer
2013    Norm Sims
2014    Joan Walters
2015    Kathryn Harris
2016    Karen Hasara