The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration has named City Councilman Bob Dyer the winner of its 2012 Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service. The award is given each year to a Hampton Roads public administrator for distinguished service in public administration. Dyer represents the Centerville District.
Dyer is assistant dean for administration at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government and is serving his second term on the Virginia Beach City Council. He helped create the council’s Process Improvement Committee, which is studying ways to improve the efficiency of Virginia Beach city government, to make it more responsive to citizens and less costly.
Dyer teaches public administration and political management at Regent. He is a Marine Corps veteran who holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Regent, a master’s degree in public administration from Farleigh Dickinson University, and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Saint Louis University. During his career, Dyer has worked as a practicing physical therapist, healthcare executive and business consultant, as well as a college educator and administrator.
On the City Council, Dyer is liaison to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the Human Rights Commission and the Minority Business Council, among others. He is active in numerous civic organizations and is a graduate of the Virginia Beach Citizens’ Police Academy, the Virginia Beach Citizens’ Fire Academy and the Virginia Beach Neighborhood Leadership and Development Program.
The society will present Dyer his award at a luncheon May 10, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Select, Norfolk Airport, 1500 Military Highway, Norfolk. The award is named after Julian F. Hirst, who was Norfolk’s city manager from 1975 to 1985.
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