Charldean Newell received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968. In addition to Texas politics, her research interests include local government and human resources management. She is the co-author of TEXAS POLITICS, ESSENTIALS OF TEXAS POLITICS, THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER, and CITY EXECUTIVES. She is the recipient of four national awards: honorary lifetime membership in the International City/County Management Association, the Staats Career Public Service Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the Donald C. Stone Award in intergovernmental relations from the American Society for Public Administration, and elective membership in the National Academy of Public Administration. At the University of North Texas, the Student Association named her an Honor Professor; she received distinguished service awards from the UNT Ex-Students Association and the President's Council; and was recognized by her college and the university as a whole for her work. She has served in numerous leadership positions with nonprofit organizations and municipal boards in Denton.