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William Hatcher - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

William Hatcher William Hatcher

Interim Chair of the Department of Social Sciences | Augusta University


Dr. William Hatcher focuses on public administration and social, economic and political institutions in local communities.






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3Qs with William Hatcher on diversity in Augusta's MPA program 3Qs with Dr. William Hatcher on running a country like a business




An award-winning scholar, Hatcher is the interim chair of the Department of Social Sciences and an associate professor of political science. His research focuses on the connection between public administration and the development of local communities. Through his research, he tries to understand why public administration scholars and practitioners often have different views about the efficacy of certain administrative practices. His research has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Administration Quarterly, and The Review of Regional Studies. In the Department of Political Science, topics he teaches include public administration, public policy, public budgeting and finance, and community and economic development. He received his PhD from Mississippi State University in 2010.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Public Administration

Public Policy

Community and Economic Development

Health Policy

Public Budgeting and Finance

Accomplishments (5)

Co-editor-in-chief (professional)

Journal of Public Affairs Education

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (professional)

An award presented by the Georgia Political Science Association.

H. George Frederickson PA Times Best Article Award (professional)

American Society for Public Administration

Distinguished Education Leader Award, Excellent Student Support (professional)

Student Government Association at Eastern Kentucky University

Distinguished Education Leader Award, Outstanding Service (professional)

Student Government Association at Eastern Kentucky University

Education (3)

Mississippi State University: doctorate

Georgia College & State University: Master's in Public Administration, Public Administration

Georgia College & State University: Bachelor's degree, Political Science and Government

Affiliations (5)

  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
  • Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Administration
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society for Political Science
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Georgia Political Science Association

Media Appearances (5)

2016’s Best-Run Cities in America

WalletHub  online


William Hatcher, director of the Master of Public Administration program, was featured in a 2016 WalletHub analysis of the best-run cities in America. For the analysis, WalletHub compared 150 of the U.S.’s top cities in areas like financial stability, education, health and safety, then asked Hatcher and other local government, economic and diversity experts how to evaluate how well a city is run.

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How can diversity make us stronger?

Jagwire  online


William Hatcher, director of the Master of Public Administration Program, talks about how diversity makes Augusta University – and the U.S. – a stronger, more inclusive place.

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MPA program receives prestigious accreditation

Jagwire  online


Augusta University’s Master of Public Administration program was recently reaccredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration – a hallmark of excellence in public service education that is earned by only 63 percent of the world’s graduate public administration programs.

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What happens when you value diversity? Success, for a start August 15, 2016by Nick Garrett

Jagwire  online


Having a diverse campus is more than just a feather in the cap of a good university. It’s also the best way to bring the world to your own hometown. Watch to hear about some of the ways Augusta University’s various departments are bringing the wide world to classrooms, clinics and offices across the state of Georgia.

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Can you really run a country like a business?

Jagwire  online


William Hatcher, director of the Master of Public Administration program, talks about the feasibility of running a country (or a public institution) like a business.

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Articles (3)

Using the Asset-Building Model of Development in Teaching the Politics of Community Development in Appalachia

Journal of Appalachian Studies

2016 This teaching note discusses an undergraduate course on the politics of community development in Appalachia. The course teaches students that the economic issues facing Appalachia are the product of not only economics but also social and political factors. The goal of the course is to teach students the role that community development can play in the region...

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From Compassionate Conservatism to Obamacare: Funding for the Ryan White Program During the Obama Administration

American Journal of Public Health

2016 Objectives: To examine President Obama's fiscal commitment to the Ryan White Program (formerly Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act), which provides funding for economically disadvantaged people and families affected by HIV.

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The Efficacy of Public Participation in Municipal Budgeting: An Exploratory Survey of Officials in Government Finance Officers Association's Award Winning Cities

Public Administration Quarterly

2015 Municipal reformers often call for more public participation in the budget process. However, few studies have surveyed the viewpoints of budget practitioners on the efficacy of public involvement in municipal budgeting. In this paper, we report a survey administered by e-mail to budget directors in cities that won the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) distinguished budget presentation award in 2011.

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