Malcolm K. Oliver, Ph.D., (Dr. Oliver) serves as the Program Director for the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program at California Lutheran University (CLU). Prior to CLU, Dr. Oliver served as the MPPA Program Director at National Louis University in Chicago, and as the MPA Program Director at the College of New Rochelle in New York. In this capacity, Dr. Oliver was responsible for the formulation and execution of strategic plans, community outreach, event management, student mentorship, faculty development and day-to-day program management. The mission of these programs is to provide students with the training necessary to assume leadership positions within the public and non-profit sectors.
Dr. Oliver started his educational journey at Mt. San Antonio Community College, and after two years, transferred to the University of California Riverside, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During his time as an undergraduate, Dr. Oliver studied for one year as an exchange student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr. Oliver then completed his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration from the University of Texas Arlington.
Prior to academia, Dr. Oliver worked as a city planner in Riverside County and then in the City of Pomona, California. Dr. Oliver then became Development Coordinator with the City of Lancaster, Texas, where he coordinated the work of the Planning, Building and Engineering Departments to streamline the development review process. In this capacity, Dr. Oliver also worked on projects that were highly visible, inter-jurisdictional and administratively complex, such as the Southern Dallas County Infrastructure Analysis and Lancaster’s Annexation Plan which increased the size of the city by 27 percent.
In his spare time, Dr. Oliver enjoys hiking, museums and traveling, which have taken him to Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, China) Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Tanzania) Europe (United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Finland, France), the Middle East (Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Qatar),Latin America and the Caribbean (Mexico, Saint Martin).
- Ph.D. Public and Urban Administration, May 2012, University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, Texas
- Master of Public Administration (MPA), December 2007, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California
- B.A. Political Science with a Minor in Economics, July 2004, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California
- Leadership and Departmental Management
- Finance and Budgeting
- Organizational Analysis & Restructuring
- Program Development
- Strategic Planning Community Outreach
- Selection and Recruitment
- Community Development
Oliver M. (2018) Fiscal Impact of Secession on Spain and Catalonia. In: Farazmand A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.
Oliver, M. (2015). The challenge of delivering sustainable and equitable municipal services in post-apartheid South Africa. International Conference of Public Administration, Bandung, Indonesia, December 2015. UESTC Publishing, Chengdu, China.
Oliver, M. “Assessing the delivery of Indonesia’s social assistance programs using Barber’s (2007) framework” Presented at the International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology, Osaka, Japan, March 2018.
Oliver, M. "Teaching Through Global Crisis and Current Events (Panel)" Presented at Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 19-21, 2016
Oliver, M. “The challenge of delivering sustainable and equitable municipal services in post-apartheid South Africa.” International Conference of Public Administration, Bandung, Indonesia, December 9-11, 2015
Oliver, M. “Innovation in Education for an Evolving Public Service Sector (Panel)” Presented at Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Conference, Brooklyn, New York, October 14-17, 2015