Faculty Profile

Raymond C. Scheppach

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy

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Ray Scheppach is the former executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA), serving from January 1983 – January 2011.

As such, he is a specialist on the role of the states in the formulation and implementation of public policy, as well as on the full range of public policies (education, economic development, housing, job training, health and social services, transportation, and environmental protection) that are at least in part the responsibility of the states.

He is now the Professor of the Practice of Public Policy for the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on the role of the states in public policy and on government budgeting.

Before joining the National Governors Association, Scheppach was first assistant director, and then deputy director, of the Congressional Budget Office, which gave him an understanding of a comparably broad range of issues at the federal level.  He has authored or co-authored four books on economics, including the 1984 book New Directions in Economic Policy: An Agenda for the 1980s.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine, and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Connecticut.

Selected Recent Publications

The Intergovernmental Grant System

by Ray Scheppach, Chapter in Robert D. Ebel and John E.Petersen, The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Finance. Oxford University Press, 2012. read more »

Related News & Events

10:30 - 12:00 // Why Health Spending Growth Matters to Budgets and the Private Sector, with Ray Scheppach read more »

Batten Prof. Raymond Scheppach, economic fellow at the Miller Center and former executive director of the National Governors Association, has been chosen as the commission’s project director. He is currently in the process of choosing members for the commission and hopes to announce the co-chairs, who he anticipates being former governors, in the nexts four or five weeks. read more »

The commission’s project director, Raymond Scheppach, will also take part in the roundtable. Scheppach, an economic fellow at the Miller Center and professor of practice at the Batten School, is the former executive director of the National Governors Association. read more »

The commission’s project director, Raymond Scheppach, will also take part in the roundtable. Scheppach, an economic fellow at the Miller Center and professor of practice at the Batten School, is the former executive director of the National Governors Association. read more »

How should we understand the recent (current) federal government shutdown and debt ceiling debate still raging in Congress? What ideological processes are at work? Join Ray Scheppach, the former Deputy Director of the Congressional Budget Office and Director of the National Governor’s Association, for a discussion of these questions and more. read more »

“Most of this money went out to different states over the last year or so – they’ve been using that money basically to build exchanges,” Scheppach said. “I don’t think there’s anything in this [bill] that’s going to help or hurt exchanges.” read more »

Congratulations to the following Batten faculty and alumni presenting at the annual APPAM Research Conference November 7-9, 2013: Jennifer Doleac: The Visible Hand: Race and Online Market Outcomes, Saturday, November 9, 2013 : 3:50 PM read more »

"It used to be, you'd run from one side or the other, but you were forced to govern more from the middle," says Ray Scheppach, former NGA executive director. "Now, they do worry about primary challenges more, so it keeps them aligned in that partisan approach." read more »

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