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Roger L. Kemp has been a municipal Chief Executive Officer of cities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and California during his public service career. Prior to this, he worked his way through school while serving as the Assistant to the President of a real estate brokerage and appraisal company in San Diego, California. In fact, Roger was the recipient of a scholarship from the California Real Estate Association (CREA) to complete his undergraduate education. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business Administration, with a Specialization in Real Estate, from San Diego State University (SDSU).

After receiving his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from SDSU two years later, he began his public service career in the Office of Budget and Management Services (OBMS) and, later, in the Office of the City Manager, in the City of Oakland, CA. Roger attended Golden Gate University’s (GGU) doctoral program in Public Administration in the evening while serving in Oakland. He received his degree five-years later. Roger became a city manager the same month that he received his doctoral degree.

During his city management career, he has taught graduate seminars at leading universities on both the West and East Coasts. These schools included the University of California, California State University, Golden Gate University, Rutgers University, Farleigh Dickinson University, the University of Connecticut, the University of New Haven, and other leading educational institutions.

Roger has written, edited, and been a contributing author to nearly 50 books dealing with cities. Many of his books focus on various aspects of cities, and highlight national best practices being used to improve the quality of their services as well as their livability. These best practices include minimizing the negative impact of automobiles, growth management, the restoration of nature, the positive aspects of using the arts for inner-city renewal, and state-of-the-art economic development practices. Roger has also written about the importance of strategic planning, financial management, and how to properly plan for the future of America’s cities.

When Roger was a city manager in Southern California he taught for GGU and completed the requirements for, and received, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in management. Most recently, he received the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award for 2007 for "Distinguished Service in the Field of Public Administration" from the School of Public Affairs at SDSU. This honor is recommended by the faculty, and is based upon the graduate’s contributions to the field of public administration during his or her career in public service.

During his career, he also graduated from the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the Advanced Government Finance Institute, School of Business, University of Wisconsin, and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA); and the Academy for International Development, International City/​County Management Association (ICMA).

Roger is presently the Founder and President of Kemp Consulting, LLC, a featured speaker at many conferences focusing on various aspects of America’s cities, a Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Visiting Scholar for both classroom and online graduate courses. He just completed research on his latest book, titled Town and Gown Relations: A Handbook of Best Practices, which was published in the Fall of 2013. His previous book was titled The Municipal Budget Crunch: A Handbook for Professionals, was published in the Fall of 2012.

Roger's presentations focus on societal trends impacting our cities. He stresses that public officials should proactively plan for the future, rather than merely react to events as they occur. Based on his recent research, he also focuses on city (town) and college (gown) relationships. This process enhances the quality-of-life for all of the stakeholders in a community.

Dr. Kemp has been appointed as the Practitioner in Residence, Department of Public Management, College of Business, University of New Haven, for the academic years 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14. Roger is also a member of the Citizens' Ethics Advisory Board (CEAB), State of Connecticut, and was recently appointed to the Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board (CDLAB). Roger received the designation of Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, where he has taught graduate seminars for more than a quarter century.

Roger can be reached via email (rlkbsr@​snet.net), and his qualifications can be further viewed on his company’s website (www.rogerlkemp.com).

Selected Works

Town and Gown Relations: A Handbook of Best Practices reflects the changes, best practices, lessons learned, and future challenges in this evolving, dynamic, and every-changing field. Public and educational officials are increasingly working together on joint projects, where all stakeholders benefit -- citizens and students alike.
By compiling these success stories, this handbook makes an excellent resource for anyone seeking to facilitate the restoration of the natural environment within their community.
This reference work presents 27 key documents from the historic origins of the United States government through its subsequent expansion and evolution.

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