George Beard is a Hatfield Scholar and the director of the PSU lean government program.
Beard has over 20 years of experience in enterprise planning, acquisition, and deployment of information technology. His professional interests center on organizational effectiveness and the adoption of technology-driven change, particularly as affected by the Internet and network models.
Beard's federal, state, and local government experience spans 13 years and includes stints with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bonneville Power Administration, State of Oregon, Multnomah County, and Santa Barbara County.
During the last 10 years, George has worked for several technology and software firms in sales, marketing, corporate communications, alliance management and consulting. In addition, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Willamette University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Lewis & Clark, and Marylhurst University, teaching graduate level courses on management uses of the computer, innovation, decision-making, data management and, currently, electronic government.
Beard holds degrees from Michigan State University, the State University of New York at Albany, and Portland State University.