Dr. Hintz joined the faculty of UW Oshkosh in 1972 upon receiving a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. During his career he served in many roles, including Director of the Masters of Public Administration program, Chair of the Department of Public Affairs and Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Dr. Hintz has been active in community affairs since the time he arrived on campus. In 1998, he was elected to the Oshkosh Common Council and was the Mayor of Oshkosh from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Hintz received an “Outstanding Community Citizen” award from the Oshkosh Jaycees in 1982.
Dr. Hintz is an acknowledged expert in local government, organizational theory and intergovernmental relations. He has been consulting with municipalities on recruitment and management issues since 1980 and continues in that role post-retirement from UW Oshkosh. For twenty years he served as executive secretary of the Wisconsin City/Council Management Association for his lifelong work in promoting public administration.
Jessica Erickson is the 2020 Stephen Hintz Award recipient.
Mrs. Erickson noted, “I have over a decade of experience working in state government in Wisconsin, and now several years working with state and local governments on legislative and policy issues as the Director of Public Affairs for AT&T Wisconsin. At the beginning of my professional career, I spent over 10 years working in government and politics in Madison, including jobs in the Governor’s Office, the Department of Workforce Development, and the Wisconsin Legislature. When the Governor I was serving chose to not run for reelection, I decided to work for a company doing public and legislative affairs — a way to continue working directly with government. One of the reasons I am pursuing my Master’s of Public Administration is that I would like to eventually return to working in government, likely at either the state or federal levels. As for civic engagement, I spent 7 years serving on the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Women in Government, with the mission to help advance women in public service. Additionally, I currently serve as a volunteer coach at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse, working with elementary age children.”