Dr. Yehl joined the VSU Political Science Department in 2011 after a
30-year career in the public sector. Dr. Yehl has served as a
street-level bureaucrat to city manager and most recently as a
governance consultant for USAID. Highlights of his career include:
Assistant Urban Development Director, City of Des Moines,
Assistant City Manager, City of Des Moines, Iowa 1987-1996
> City Manager, City of West University Place, Texas 1996-2002
> President/CEO, Community Associations of The Woodlands, Texas
> City Manager, City of Sanford, Florida 2005-2009
> Senior Governance Advisor Local Governance Program - Iraq,
Creative Associates International, 2009-2011
Dr. Yehl graduated from Indiana University at Fort Wayne in 1976 with a
BA in political science, an MPA in 1978 from the American University,
and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston in 2010.
Dr. Yehl is a member of the International City/County Management
Association, the American Society for Public Administration and served
on the board of directors of the Michael Downs Center for Indiana
Politics at Indiana-Purdue Universities of Fort Wayne, Indiana
previously served as chairman of the Committee to Bring Moose and
Squirrel to Central Iowa TV in 1987.
His outside academia interests include classic rock, smooth jazz,
American history, the Cold War, political biographies, bicycling, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and
the Chicago Cubs (hope springs eternal). He is the
proud owner of a rescued beagle, The Shadow.
Some would say that Dr. Yehl is an expert on local government management
and has studied extensively the issue of local government fragmentation
(he prefers the term differentation) and public choice theory. Classes
taught at Valdosta State include Public Administration, Organization
Development and Theory, Information Technology (Summer, 2012) , the
Politics of Managing Urban Areas (Fall, 2012), and Governmental
Budgeting and Finance (Spring, 2013).
Dr. Yehl served two "tours" in Iraq working for the Local Governance
Program. In 2008 he was assigned to the Muthanna Provincial
Reconstruction Team as a budget advisor and 2009-2011 as a monitoring
subject matter expert for the South Region Service Center serving the
provinces of Al-Basrah, Dhi-Qar, and Maysan.