Indiana University



Dean Emeritus, SPEA
Ameritech Professor Emeritus, SPEA
Professor Emeritus, Business

Doctorate of Business Administration,
   Indiana University, 1965
Master of Business Administration,
   Indiana University, 1961
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration
   Bowling Green State University, 1954


1315 East 10th Street, SPEA Room 201
Bloomington, IN 47405

+1 (812) 855-6766 phone
+1 (812) 855-0184 fax


Professional Experience
  • Founding Dean, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 1971-1988
  • Member, Board of Trustees, NSF International (Ann Arbor, Michigan),
  • Director, Graduate Program in Arts Administration, (SPEA), 2002-2008
  • Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University (SPEA), 1988-1997
  • Ameritech Chair in Economic Development, 1992-1997
  • Special Assistant to the Secretary, U.S. Health and Human Services, 1988
  • Elected a Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in 1974. Served on Board of Trustees, 1978–1982
  • Governor's Designee for Administration of Federal Intergovernmental Personnel Act, State of Indiana, 1972-1982
  • Promoted to Indiana University full professor, 1971
  • Associate Dean, School of Business, Indiana University, 1969-1971
  • Associate Director, Bureau of Business Research, School of Business, Indiana University, 1965-1969
  • Director, Indiana State Tax and Financing Policy, 1963-1965
International Experience
  • Visiting Professor for Continuing Education at École Nationale d’Administration, Paris, France, Fall 1995
  • Visiting Professor, School of Management, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia, Spring 1991
  • Vice President, International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) for North American and Caribbean Regions, 1983-1988
  • Developed and served as First Resident Director of Indiana University (SPEA) Graduate Public Policy Program in Paris, France with École Nationale d’Administration (ÉNA) and the Institut International d’Administration Publique (IIAP), 1985
  • Consultant, US/AID Egypt and to Ministry of Local Government, Arab Republic of Egypt, 1977 and 1985
  • Project Director, US/AID Sponsored Program to establish a Graduate School of Management in the Dominican Republic, 1982-1983
  • Advisor on Executive Development, Eastern Nigeria, instituted Executive Education Program for state government managers, 1981
  • Initiated and managed executive development program of Indiana University School of Business in Caracas, Venezuela, 1971 and for federal local government officials, 1974
Awards, Honors & Certifications
  • Indiana University Distinguished Service Award, 2002
  • Special recognition, Joint resolution of the House and Senate, Indiana General Assembly, 1988
  • Presidential Citation, Indiana University, 1988
  • Secretary's Award, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 1986
  • Appointed Faculty Fellow, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1983
  • President, Pi Alpha Alpha National Academic Honorary (Public Administration), 1980
  • United States Civil Service Commission Special Citation of Official Commendation and Praise, 1978
  • President, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, 1977-1978
  • Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Otis R. Bowen, 1974
  • United States Civil Service Commission Special Citation, 1974
  • Elected to Membership, National Academy of Public Administration, 1974
  • Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Matthew E. Welsh, 1965
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Academic Honorary (Business)
Professional Interests

Economic development, public finance, management and leadership, the role of non-governmental organizations, public policy, transatlantic education and policy

Current Projects

Dr. Bonser retired from full-time academic service in 1998, although he continues an active agenda with the University on a part-time basis. In July of 2008 he completed a six year assignment as Director of SPEA’s Arts Administration programs, and serves as the Co-chairman of the Transatlantic Policy Consortium, an organization of 30 U.S. and European academic and research organizations. He makes his home, with his wife Nancy, in both Bloomington, Indiana, and Sanibel Island, Florida.






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