Suzanne Leland received her Ph.D. in public administration, American politics, and public policy from the University of Kansas in 1999. She directed the Gerald G. Fox Masters of Public Administration Program from 2012- 2016. Her research interests center on state and local government service delivery. This includes special purpose governments, business improvement districts, contracting out, the selling of public assets, school choice and public-private partnerships -- all critical issues facing public administrators at the state and local level. Dr. Leland has also worked on select other sub-national projects with her colleagues involving transportation policy, succession planning for local governments/nonprofits, and studied state legislators' career patterns.