Campus: CSU Fresno -- November 20, 2001
Daniel Whitehurst Named Kenneth L. Maddy Professor Professor At California State University, Fresno
Daniel K. Whitehurst, whose political experience, business background
and community involvement in Fresno date back to the 1970s, has been named
the second Kenneth L. Maddy Professor at California State University,
Whitehurst, who follows founding Maddy professor Harold Haak, begins a
two-year term on Dec. 1 and will teach and direct the Maddy Institute
of Public Affairs. Its mission is to elevate citizen participation and
government performance at all levels through leadership education for
The institute was funded by a $1 million endowment from the state in 1999
and named to honor Maddy, a Fresno State graduate and respected public
servant who represented the Valley in the state Senate for nearly three
decades. He died in February 2000.
"We are absolutely delighted that Dan Whitehurst will be joining
us," said Dr. Ellen Gruenbaum, dean of College of Social Sciences,
which houses the Maddy Institute. "His commitment to public service
follows on the tradition of Ken Maddy."
Gruenbaum said Whitehurst's experience and his connections regionally
and nationally offer tremendous opportunities for students and the institute.
Whitehurst, president of Farewell Funeral Service, was Fresno's mayor
from 1977-85. In his new position, he said, he wants to foster more interaction
between the university, the region and government. He will strive to make
the resources of Fresno State accessible to Valley citizens and decision-makers,
and will match the university's students with opportunities to get involved
in local and state government.
Whitehurst believes that can be accomplished through the Institute's internships.
The first five interns, named in January, were placed in the Sacramento
and Fresno offices of state legislators and the State Senate Agriculture
and Water Resources Committee.
"Both formal and informal internships are excellent for students
who want to get connected with government. I'd like to create an environment
in the Maddy Institute where students can come and tell us what their
interests are and we can see what's out there for them," he said.
Whitehurst himself was a summer intern in 1968 in the Washington office
of Sen. Thomas Kuckel. As Fresno's mayor, Whitehurst hired interns for
his office. Whitehurst said he also hopes to revive in politics and politicians
the approach that endeared Maddy to colleagues in both parties - "a
civil, bipartisan, gracious and pragmatic style that makes people proud
The Maddy Institute also is working with the Great Valley Center to create
a leadership development program for local elected officials in the Central
Valley. The professorship will be Whitehurst's second stint in academia.
He spent a semester at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy
School in 1985, teaching a course on California politics.
In addition to administrative duties at Fresno State, Whitehurst will
teach a basic American government course during the spring semester. He
will maintain an office in the Social Sciences Building at Fresno State,
but among his agenda items is working to secure revenue sources and donors
to fund an on-campus home for the institute.
The Maddy Institute operates within the Public Administration program
of the Political Science Department in the College of Social Sciences.
Dr. Sharron Y. Herrron serves as the Institute's executive director.