About Us

  Edwin Gilbert Michaelian
   
  Edwin Gilbert Michaelian
   

Pace University established the Institute of Sub/Urban Governance with a grant from the Gannett Foundation in 1973, as a forum for the discussion and resolution of issues affecting local governments, and for the promotion of effective public sector management. In 1984 the Institute was renamed the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Sub/Urban Governance, in honor of Edwin Gilbert Michaelian, the Institute’s first Director and a former County Executive of Westchester County. In 1994, the Institute's name was once again changed to the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management, to more accurately reflect the broader scope of its services.

Since 1992, the Institute, in partnership with the Japan Local Government Center, has been conducting special training programs for select groups of Japanese local government officials. The programs are designed to enhance the officials’ knowledge of how local governments in the United States operate and how they address critical problems and issues, as well as to enhance intercultural knowledge and understanding. The programs include English as a Second Language (ESL), courses in public administration and American government, internships in state or local governments, and visits to Washington and Albany for meetings with federal and state officials. The program now numbers over 80 alumni throughout Japan. The Institute has also conducted special seminars for visiting foreign officials from China, Russia, and Korea.

From 1979 to 2011, the Municipal Law Resource Center (MLRC) provided comprehensive legal services to municipal officials. Questions about the recent changes at the Michaelian Institute and the MLRC may be directed to dysondean@pace.edu.