JEFFERSON CITY – Office of Administration Commissioner Doug Nelson received the National Walton Leadership Award from the National Association of Chief Administrators (NASCA) yesterday at the organization’s 2016 Institute on Management & Leadership in Olympia, Washington. The National Walton Leadership Award was established to recognize state chief administrators for their passion, outstanding service, leadership and commitment to state government. As a peer-to-peer recognition award, submissions were made by current state chief administrators. Selection of the award honoree is based on accomplishments in the honoree’s state, and service and leadership during their career.
“Doug Nelson has served tirelessly during his time with the Office of Administration and during his more than 25-year career of public service with the State of Missouri,” said Gov. Jay Nixon. “As Governor, I have been fortunate to have him by my side as a member of both my administration and my cabinet. I have witnessed his work ethic and dedication to Missouri government firsthand, and I am happy to see him recognized by his peers for his efforts.”
“It is truly an honor to receive this award from my fellow state administrators and NASCA members,” Office of Administration Commissioner Doug Nelson said. “During my time as Commissioner of the Missouri Office of Administration I have remained dedicated to improving state services for our citizens, creating a better work environment for state employees, and ultimately increasing the efficiency of state government.”
Founded in 1976, NASCA is the leading organization for advancing professional development and management solutions for administrative functions of state government. NASCA brings together state chief administrators and public officials from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories to develop creative and timely solutions to issues facing state governments. They are committed to providing a forum for state chief administrators and those who partner with them to enable sharing of information regarding the diverse issues they work to solve every day. Focus remains on providing tools for effectiveness and efficiency in state government through education, information on state government trends, leading innovations and industry best practices. Commissioner Nelson has served as President of NASCA since 2015.