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Milton Lopes
Milton Lopes, PhD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Athens, GA

  • Ph.D., Center for Public Administration and Policy,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • MBA, University of Dallas (1978)
  • AB, Loyola University in Chicago (1967)

Areas of Instruction:

  • HOD 717 - Organization Theory
  • HOD 703 - Systems, Society, Culture, Community
  • HOD 754 A - Introduction to Epistemology And Cultures Of Inquiry: A General Overview And Orientation
  • HOD 753 C - Integrating Research and Practice
  • HOD 754 D - The Dissertation Pilot Study
  • HOD 712 - Public Policy and Public Action
  • HOD 709 - Management and Leadership
  • HOD 721 - Specialized Doctoral Studies

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Public sector policy processes
  • Decision methodologies
  • Organization analysis
  • Development and theory
  • Strategic management
  • Urban affairs
  • Community development
  • Citizen discourse
  • Governance and public ethics
  • Ethics and Morality.
  • Public Philosophy

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society for Public Administration.
  • The Association for Public Policy and Management.
  • The Community Development Society (Past President) Editorial Board of the Journal of the
  • Community Development Society.
  • Spiritual Directors International.
  • Reviewer for the State and Local Government Review.
  • The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

Honors and Awards:

  • Commonwealth Scholar, Virginia Tech 1990-1992
  • Meritorious Service to Community Development Society as National Board Member 1998-2000


  • "Soft Systems Methodology, An Application to a Community Based Association" Fielding Graduate Institute Symposium on Action Research (2002)
  • "The Atlanta Project: Success or Failure, Hype or Real Thing," in Self Transformation of the Forgotten Four-Fifths, editors Robert A. Dyck and Matjaz Mulej, (1996) Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., pp. 67-80
  • Facilitating Citizen Discourse in a Democracy, A Model of the Public Administration Act". National Symposium on Public Administration Theory; February 19, 1996
  • "Will the Real Atlanta in 2010 Stand Up, A Study in Economic Exclusion" in Proceedings, Fourth International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Melbourne, Australia; July 11-14, 1995. Ed. Ray Wyatt and Hemayet Hossain; pp. 379-390
  • "Group Decision Support Systems and Participatory Governance," in Proceedings, Third International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Vol. 2, Atlanta, Georgia; July 23-25, 1993. Ed. Richard E. Klosterman and Steven P. French; pp. 149-170


• Spirituality, Dreams and Carl Jung, Annual Meeting of Spiritual Directors International, Atlanta, GA. Keynote Address, May 2010.
• The Collective Shadow and Community Change, Annual Meeting of the Community Development Society, Memphis, TN, October 2008.

Professional Experience:

Milton E. Lopes, PhD is the Founder and Principal of Milton E. Lopes and Associates, LLC. He is a Registered Mediator in General, Civil, and Domestic Relations in the State of Georgia. He is also an accomplished facilitator in the areas of Public Policy and Public Engagement. His Doctorate is in Public Administration and Policy.

For more than a decade he was on the faculty of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. He was associated with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the School of Public and International Affairs where following retirement he continues as an Associate Professor (Adjunct). His teaching areas include public policy, organization studies, systems theory, and management and leadership. Prior to his appointment at the University of Georgia he served on the faculties of the Schools of Business and Management at Texas Southern University (Houston, TX), Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD), and Radford University (Radford, VA). He has also taught at several colleges and institutes in the Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia, and the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Lopes has more than thirty years of government, military, community, and corporate experience. He has been involved in international, national and regional public policy, community and economic development, small business management training and technical assistance. He has extensive sales, life insurance, investment and financial planning as well as commercial lending and trust experience.

As a consultant, Dr. Lopes has worked with a number of closely held businesses, federal and municipal agencies, non-profit organizations and other entities in the areas of organizational development, strategy planning, policy analysis, and ethics. He is affiliated with a number of professional associations among which are the American Society for Public Administration, the Association for Public Policy and Management, and the Community Development Society, of which he is a Past President.

As a Public Service Associate at the University Georgia he worked with diverse communities, governments and organizations on a range of projects that included facilitating community development strategy, several comprehensive county plans, and a number of feasibility studies for urban and/or regional initiatives. He was a member of the Institute’s Board of Editors for its policy related publications and a reviewer for the State and Local Government Review, (a journal of state, local, and intergovernmental issues) and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.  
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