Becky J. Starnes is a professor of public management at a Tennessee public university. Becky developed and manages the Know Your County Government program, which provides a broad understanding of the place and functions of county government in the US. She has a Ph.D. in public administration and public policy from Auburn University, an M.B.A from Gonzaga University. Becky helped write the ANSI and ISO Quality Standards for Education and was a Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner.
Academic and Professional Background
Becky’s background is in higher education, public administration, and quality control, assurance, and compliance. She has a Ph.D. in public administration and public policy from Auburn University, an M.B.A from Gonzaga University, and a B.B.A. from National University. She is a certified Quality Matters Peer Course Reviewer and a Quality Improvement Associate with the American Society for Quality. She held the Manager of Organizational Excellence and Quality Auditor certifications. Becky helped write the ANSI and ISO Quality Standards for Education and was a Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner.
Becky was born and raised in Manawa, Wisconsin to two proud civil servants who taught her the values of public service. She practiced these values serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Air Force, and working for the city of Escondido, California; the U.S. Customs Service; and teaching at three state universities. Becky’s Myers & Briggs personality style is ISTJ, otherwise known as “the logistician.” ISTJs “defining characteristics are integrity, practical logic, tireless dedication to duty and family as well as organizations that uphold traditions, rules, and standards (16Personalities, 2018).
Her hobby is building wooden models created from Da Vinci’s sketches, especially his flying machines.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is her hero. He encouraged excellence in learning through independent thinking, embracing inclusiveness, practicing compassion, and encouraging risk-taking. He taught his fellow seagulls, “We can lift ourselves out of ignorance; we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence, intelligence, and skill.”