Center for Public Service Staff

Thomas Vocino

Thomas Vocino serves as executive director of the Center for Public Service.  He most recently served as executive director of the Center for Leadership and Public Policy at Alabama State University and is professor of political science and public administration emeritus at Auburn University at Montgomery.  For most of his 36 years of service at AUM, he served as director of a large program in public administration that has been ranked in U.S. News and World Report Top 100 Graduate Programs in public administration.  Early in his career, he served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and a research analyst with the Commission on State Government-Illinois.  He is past president of the Policy Studies Organization and Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.  He is co-author and/or co-editor of six books in the field of public administration and is author or co-author of over 40 articles in many of the leading journals in public administration and public policy.  He served for a number of years as co-editor of the Public Administration Quarterly.  He is also the author of numerous op-ed pieces, technical reports, consulting reports and grant proposals.  His civic experiences include service as president of the board of directors of the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education and service as a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations including Aid to Inmate Mothers, the Montgomery Education Foundation, the Auburn University Retiree Association, the Montgomery Area Council on Aging and the Alabama World Affairs Council.  He is also a past president of the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club.  During his tenure at AUM, he was honored with appointments as Distinguished Research Professor and Alumni Professor.  Dr. Vocino earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in political Science from Southern Illinois University.

Jerry Henderson

Jerry Henderson, the Center for Public Service international and special projects manager, has served as a manager, an elected public official, appointed public servant, adjunct instructor of political science and government, guest lecturer in the United States, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Guyana, and executive director for a national organization of elected and appointed county officials.  He served as a Senior Associate for the Democracy and Governance Center for Development Associates, Inc., a global management and governmental consulting firm. 

He has provided technical assistance and capacity building support for democracy and governance:  elections and electoral processes, legislative reform, and conflict mitigation and supported missions in 26 countries and served with missions in 20 countries, including 11 war and conflict zones.  He has provided technical assistance, advice, and capacity building support to 10 national electoral commissions on behalf of several international agencies and organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Volunteers (UNVs), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Research Triangle Institute International (RTI), Africa-America Institute (AAI), and Development Associates, Inc.  He has been a contributor, presenter and moderator at conferences, conventions, and forums in the United States and around the world.

In various capacities, he has been engaged in supporting the implementation of historic peacebuilding and peacemaking efforts:  Operations Officer and Team Leader for the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), during Sudan’s historic referendum in 2011, in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and UN Security Council Resolution No. 1590; Supervisor and Monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria, Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina, General Framework Agreement for Peace, Dayton Peace Accord (1997 and 1998); Senior Local Government Advisor for the National Office, Legal & Legislative Reform, Iraq (2008);  Chief Technical Advisor, Guyana Electoral Commission (GECOM), and Secretariat, in accordance with the Herdmanston Accord, the St. Lucia Statement, Guyana (2000 – 2001);  Expert on Mission, election observer and monitor with the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA), 1994; Senior Electoral Advisor, Liberian National Transition Government, 1995 Abuja Agreement, Liberia (1996); and Chairman of the Resolution Committee, Haitian Association of Mayors, Haiti (2009).

He has served as director of elections for the State of Alabama, and a member of the state advisory board on voter registration.  He is a founding member of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).   He served as a member of the credentials committee and an international trade delegation for the National Association of Counties (NACo).  He has made presentations to the U. S. State Department, Foreign Service Institute (orientation for new foreign service officers), and the U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section (attorneys and administrative staff).  He has served as an elections specialist for the election protection program, addressing election day issues and challenges.

He has written proposals, occasional and concept papers, and project and program reports.  He is a member of Rotary International (Paul Harris Fellow), Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science National Honor Society, education, civic, faith-based, and health organizations, and a supporter of youth and youth programs and projects.

He earned a MA degree in political science from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), a BA degree in political science from Brooklyn College, and safety and security certifications from the United Nations (UN) Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). 

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