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William Hartman Named Distinguished Fellow

William Hartman, a professor in the Educational Leadership Program, has been awarded a Distinguished Fellow Award at the inaugural National Education Finance Conference held in Tampa, Florida, in May.
William Hartman Named Distinguished Fellow

William Hartman

by Sara LaJeunesse (June 2011)

University Park, Pa.--William Hartman, a professor in the Educational Leadership Program, has been awarded a Distinguished Fellow Award at the inaugural National Education Finance Conference held in Tampa, Fla., in May. The lifetime award is given to those individuals who have gained national visibility and who have distinguished themselves by their exemplary research and/or practice in the field of public education finance, both at the elementary and secondary level, as well as in higher education.

“We chose Bill to receive a Distinguished Fellow Award because he is extremely highly regarded in the field of education finance,” said Craig Wood, chair of the National Education Finance Center.

In addition to attending the conference to accept his award, Hartman also presented a paper, titled “Train Wreck Ahead: Financial Conditions Facing School Districts,” in which he gave an analysis of the critical fiscal crisis facing Pennsylvania’s school districts.

Hartman is a professor of education in the College of Education at Penn State and a co-founder and the executive director of the Penn State Center for Total Quality Schools. Prior to coming to Penn State in 1986, he was on the faculties at the University of Oregon and Stanford University. He was a visiting fellow in education at the University of Sussex in 1994 and a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in 2003.

Hartman’s present research focuses on investigating and understanding the impacts on school districts of the current economic crisis. Other areas of interest include school budgeting, resource allocation at school and district levels, decision-making models in educational finance, and special education finance. As the principal investigator, he recently completed a major federal project, titled “Linking School Level Resources with Student Outcomes,” in which he developed methodologies for creating school-level resource utilization and productivity reports from existing district and state data. He was previously the principal investigator of another project, titled “Links with Suppliers,” an IBM-funded grant to study the articulation of high-school and college curricula.

Hartman is a 1999 recipient of the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award at Penn State. He has served on the board of directors of the American Education Finance Association, and as a consultant to various government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as to research organizations, to private industry, and to special interest groups in education. In addition, he is a member of the ethics subcommittee for the Association of School Business Officials International, and he has been an expert testimony on school finance before Pennsylvania Senate and House Legislative committees. He is the author of the books School District Budgeting and Resource Allocation and Productivity in Education, and he is a consulting editor for the American Journal of Education and a member of the editorial board for the journal Education Finance and Policy.

Hartman earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida in 1965, an M.B.A. degree in management control and marketing at Harvard University in 1967, and a Ph.D. degree in administration and policy analysis at Stanford University in 1979.