Dr. Phil Barnes, a long-time associate of Terrell Blodgett and a Trustee on the Blodgett Fellows Board, visits with the Honorary Chair about his long and effective career in Public Service.
From 1969 until his appointment at the LBJ School in 1982, Terrell Blodgett was the principal in charge of government services for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) in a nine-state Southwest region. Prior to joining PMM&Co., he was Administrative Assistant to Governor John B. Connally (1964-69), serving initially as the first Director of the Texas Office of Economic Opportunity and then as principal assistant for intergovernmental relations and planning.
Blodgett, who holds a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University, also has been City Manager of Garland (1963-64) and Waco (1960-63) and Assistant City Manager of Austin (1955-60). A member of the National Academy of Public Administration, he is Past Chairman of the National Civic League and International City Management Association Foundation.
Blodgett is frequently recruited by Texas state and local officials for temporary assignments, and he has been a consultant to a number of city charter commissions in Texas. In 1991, he served as Executive Director of the Governor's Task Force on Revenue. After retiring from active teaching in 1995, he helped found the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations and served on its Board of Directors.
Books: The Land, the Law and the Lord: The Life of Pat Neff, 2007; City Management That Works: The History of Council-Manager Government in Texas, 2008; Texas Home Rule City Charters, 2008