Ted Staton holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science/Public Management from Wright State where he also served as an adjunct instructor of urban policy/public management for ten years. As a student, Ted was president of the political science club, chairperson of the University Center Board, and graduate representative to the student government. He is a charter member of the Theta Zeta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. Prior to his appointment as City Manager of East Lansing, Michigan, Ted served in a number of senior administrative positions with the City of Dayton, Ohio including Director of the Department of Public Works, Office of Management and Budget, and the Dayton International Airport.
Over the course of his 12-year tenure as East Lansing City Manager, he has helped engineer a dramatic redirection of this big-ten city of 50,000 residents, leading the way to unprecedented expansion and economic growth. Ted’s work has been recognized nationally in the Reinventing Government Series by David Osborn and Pete Plastrik, and he was given the prestigious Outstanding Service Award by the Michigan Municipal League. Earlier this year, he was honored by the Michigan Local Government Management Association with an award for excellence in local government. He is also a two-time recipient of awards from the American Society of Public Administration honoring his distinguished work in the field of local government management.