After a long, outstanding career as the city administrator of Oakdale, Minnesota, Hamline is pleased that Craig Waldron will join the School of Business full-time as a lecturer in public administration
. Waldron is no stranger to Hamline, he earned his doctorate from the university and has taught courses in public administration, economic and public development, public finance, and public ethics at Hamline and other institutions for decades.
“I absolutely love teaching and I love Hamline,” Waldron said in a recent interview with Lillie News
. “Getting to work with the next generation of leaders to make sure they have a good footing is very rewarding for me.”
Waldron leaves his current full-time position with the City of Oakdale, a Twin Cities suburb just east of St. Paul, after 20 years. He’s also held several administrative and planning positions for the State of Minnesota and the cities of Mankato and Roseville, Minnesota. His work in public administration has earned him several awards, including the City Manager of the Year Award from the Minnesota City/County Management Association in 2005, and the International City/County Management Association’s Award for Career development in 2011.
Waldron earned a B.S. in sociology at the University of Iowa, a M.A. in urban and regional studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and a doctorate in public administration at Hamline. He also completed postdoctoral studies through the Executive Leadership Institute, a program created by Hamline and the Minnesota City/County Managers (MCMA) Association, and is a credentialed city manager through the International City Managers Association (ICMA).