Term Trustee, Board of Trustees, Thomas Jefferson University
The University notes with deep sadness the death of Dr. Alan K. "Scotty" Campbell, 74, a distinguished educator, public servant and corporate executive, who died on February 4, 1998 at his home in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Campbell is best known as the architect of the innovative Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, which applied private sector personnel management and compensation practices to revitalize the vast federal bureaucracy. As Chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission in 1977 and 1978, and as the first Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 1979 and 1980, Dr. Campbell implemented the most sweeping changes to the federal work force since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. President Jimmy Carter characterized civil service reform under Dr. Campbell's leadership as, "among the most visible and far-reaching accomplishments of my administration."
Dr. Campbell left government service in December 1980, to move to Philadelphia where he joined ARA Services (now ARAMARK) as Executive Vice President for Management and Public Affairs, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. Elected to Jefferson's Board in 1981, he continued as an active and valued member until the time of his death.
Dr. Campbell's greatest contribution to our society may well be the thousands of men and women he taught, mentored and motivated to pursue excellence in promoting citizenship and management excellence across the public and private sectors. From 1969 to 1976, he was Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, prior to which he was director of the School's Metropolitan Studies Program from 1961 until becoming Dean. He was serving as Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas immediately prior to joining the Carter Administration. Among Dr. Campbell's protegees are Donna Shalala, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; noted author and media expert Ken Aulettta; Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert; Jay Oliva, President of New York University, as well as Joe Neubauer, ARAMARK chairman and CEO.