Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pruitt, Heinrich to join La Follette Board of Visitors

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is adding two members to its Board of Visitors. Charles “Chuck” Pruitt will join the Board this fall, and Carolyn Heinrich will join in 2017. Pruitt and Heinrich will increase the Board’s size to 10 members.

Pruitt, a former member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, is co-managing director of ABD Direct and a former professor of political science. A former La Follette School director, Heinrich is a professor of public policy and education at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

“I am excited about the diverse experiences these folks will bring to our Board,” said School Director Susan Webb Yackee. “Each member brings unique experiences and perspectives to the La Follette School.”

Heinrich is one of the youngest people elected to become a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration since the organization was chartered in 1967. She served as the La Follette School’s director from 2008 to 2011. Her research focuses on social welfare policy, public management and performance management, and econometric methods for social-program evaluation.

Pruitt began his career as a political science professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He then joined AB Data Group in Milwaukee, where he now serves as co-managing director of AB Direct, which manages direct mail fundraising programs to nonprofit, advocacy, and political clients. He was on the UW Board of Regents from 2003 to 2016.

The Board of Visitors helps the La Follette School identify resources that can enhance its stature and standing, provide assistance in fundraising, provide career advice and assistance to students, and act as goodwill ambassadors for the school. Other members are Curt Culver, Katherine Gehl, Michael Hamerlik, Herb Kohl, Bob Lang, Sheldon Lubar, Katharine Lyall, and Michael Youngman.