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Robert J. Lavigna


Bob Lavigna, who was honored as a Governing Public Official of the Year in 2000, is senior fellow-public sector for UKG, the Ultimate Kronos Group. He was previously director of CPS HR Consulting's Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, assistant vice chancellor and director of human resources for the University of Wisconsin, director of the Wisconsin civil service system and vice president for research at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. He began his career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Lavigna, the author of the 2013 book Engaging Government Employees, is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past president of the Public Sector HR Association. He has a master's degree in human resources from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in public affairs from George Washington University. He can be reached at at

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