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Raymond C. Scheppach

Professor
Unit: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Department: Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Office location and address
Garrett L036
235 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D. (Economics), University of Connecticut, 1970
Biography

Ray Scheppach is the former Executive Director of the National Governors Association (NGA) serving from January 1983-January 2011. Here, he became a specialist in the role of states in the formulation and implementation of public policy as well as in a broad range of domestic policy issues including welfare, education, health care and economic development. He was listed as a top association lobbyist by the Hill Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, and Fortune Magazine listed NGA as the 12th most powerful lobbying organization in 1999.

Prior to that he spent seven years at the Congressional Budget Office. He initially was hired as the Chief of the Energy and Environment Cost Unit but was promoted to Director of the Energy and Environment Program Division and then to Deputy Director to Alice Rivlin for his last two years. In this position he coordinated the multi-division reports and testified before many of the Congressional Committees on Capitol Hill.

Scheppach currently has a joint appointment at the Miller Center for Public Affairs and over the last several years has created two national commissions.

From 2013 - 2014, Scheppach was the Project Director for the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, which was co-chaired by Mike Leavitt (former governor and Secretary of HHS) and former governor Bill Ritter and included ten other members, most of whom were CEOs of major firms in the health care industry. He is also a co-author of the report “Cracking the Code on Health Care Costs“ published in January 2014, which makes recommendations to states on how they can reduce the rate of increase in the cost of health care.

Scheppach is Project Director for the Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education. This commission is co-chaired by former governor Mike Castle and former governor/senator Bob Graham and has twelve additional members including five university presidents and five private sector CEOs. Four of the ten white papers have been released and the remaining six and the final report will be released in the fall of 2016.

He has also planned and supervised a retreat with cabinet officials and former governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia McDonnell at the Batten School and has testified before the Joint Committee on Health Care of the Virginia legislature.

Ray Scheppach is considered to be a national expert on federalism and the role of states in our inter-governmental system. He is also a national expert on governors as leaders on domestic policy issues.

BA- Batten Sanofi Meeting
Source: Sanofi US Service Inc.
October 20, 2015 – October 31, 2015
LPPP 4991: Capstone Seminar
Credits: 3
Students will produce a report providing an analysis of the problem, the policy options available, and their action recommendations. Students will improve their ability to work in teams and hone their written and oral presentation skills.
PPOL 6050: Leadership in the Public Arena
Credits: 3
Course provides an introduction to leadership in the public arena. Through course readings, team projects, and discussion of case studies, students will develop skill at identifying the resources, options, and constraints of leaders and followers in different organizational and political settings, writing policy memos, making professional policy presentations, developing negotiation strategies, managing uncertainty and stress, & working in teams.
LPPS 6765: Federal and State Budgeting
Credits: 3
Course will cover the fundamental processes of government budgeting, discussing the role of the office of management and budget and the congressional budget office including how long and short run budget projections and cost estimates of pending legislation are done. We will also address the role of the budget committees, and the congressional budget process including reconciliation. Similar issues at the state level will be covered.
PPOL 6765: Federal and State Budgeting
Credits: 3
Course will cover the fundamental processes of government budgeting, discussing the role of the office of management and budget and the congressional budget office including how long and short run budget projections and cost estimates of pending legislation are done. We will also address the role of the budget committees, and the congressional budget process including reconciliation. Similar issues at the state level will be covered.
LPPS 6790: Health Care Politics and Policy
Credits: 3
This seminar will explore the interplay between politics and policy in the American health care system. Topics include: the history of U.S. health policy; political and policy issues related to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance; the development and implementation of the Affordable Care Act; public opinion on health issues; and health care spending, cost control and the quality of care, among others issues.
PPOL 7600: Thesis Project
Credits: 3
Thesis Project
PPOL 7610: Applied Policy Project
Credits: 3
The Applied Policy Project (APP) is the capstone event of the MPP program, an independent analytical project for each student, working with an external client on a mutually agreed upon policy problem facing the client organization. The final product is a report approximately 50 pages single-spaced in length, professionally bound, and presented both to the faculty member and to the client.
LPPP 7700: Applied Policy Project I
Credits: 3
The Applied Policy Project (APP) is the capstone event of the MPP program, an independent analytical project for each student. Divided over two semesters, APP I provides students with the opportunity for a semester of research and information gathering in the policy field of the student's external client.
LPPP 7750: Applied Policy Project II
Credits: 3
The Applied Policy Project (APP) is the capstone event of the MPP program, an independent analytical project for each student. During APP II, students produce a final report of approximately 50 single-spaced, professionally bound pages. The report is presented to both the faculty member and to the client.
LPPP 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.