Becky L. Schergens, 2009 Joan Fiss Bishop Award Winner
 
Becky L. Schergens (National Women's History Museum) will receive the Joan Fiss Bishop Award. This is awarded to an individual who, by example and action, has promoted increased participation of women in the public service profession, exhibits a defined contribution to increased involvement in the public sector, innovative leadership and accomplished professionalism in the individual's own public service career, and commitment to the public administration profession through membership in American Society for Public Administration.
 

Becky L. Schergens experience spans work with non-profit, governmental, and education organizations at national, state, and local levels. Her expertise encompasses management, resource development, governmental relations, communications, and community outreach. She currently devotes her practice to the National Women’s History Museum for which she has worked for over six years.

Ms. Schergens’ professional career includes service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education and the first Executive Director of the National PTA. As the first Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL), she initiated the campus development program. More recently she served as the first Vice President for Ventures and Initiatives at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and as Vice President for Devillier Communications.

Ms. Schergens has had a life-long commitment to education and the advancement of girls, women, and minorities. She has assisted in the development of the Title IX regulations and later served as a member of the Advisory Committee of The National Project on Women in Education. She was the first woman president of the South Western Aerospace Professional Representatives Association.

She currently serves as the Chairman of the Southern Methodist Universities Libraries Executive Board, the Immediate Past Chair of the Section for Women in Public Administration (SPWA) of ASPA. She received the SWPA 2005 Julia Henderson Award for dedicated service. In her 27 years of continuous membership, she has served as chair and co-chair of the National Campaign for the Public Service, co-chair of the ASPA 2000 National Conference Program Committee, Editorial Board of the PA Times 2007-2010, and the membership chair, vice chair, and chair of SWPA.

Her undergraduate degree is a BA in political science from SMU. Her graduate degree is an MPA from the University of Denver.