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Gil Siegel

Last updated 10/13/2021

Since retirement, Dr. Siegel kept himself busy with various volunteer activities both on the USC campus and off.  Volunteer USC activities have included: Chair, USC Retired Faculty/Staff Benefits Committee; member, Board of Directors of the Retired Faculty Association; former Chair of that group and former editor of its newsletter and ex-officio member of the USC Benefits Advisory Committee (representing the Emeriti Center).  Other activities included: member and treasurer of the Resident’s Council of the Canterbury Senior Residence Community, where he lived, and occasional writing and publication as well as sometime consulting in the field of human resource management and performance improvement in public organizations.  Additionally, he continued service on the Board of Directors of the Goodwill of Southern California from before his retirement.

Gilbert B. Siegel was C.C. Crawford Distinguished Professor of Public Productivity Improvement, Emeritus, from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.  Most of his academic work has been in the fields of public management, with particular emphasis on human resource management.  On the latter subject, his work focused on compensation and performance improvement.  He is the author or editor of seven books, over 60 articles, and numerous consulting reports.  His last book was: Mass Interviewing and the Marshaling of Ideas to Improve Performance: the Crawford Slip Method (University Press of America, 1996).  He applied the Crawford Slip Technique extensively in consulting projects concerned with performance improvement in public agencies and as a research technique.

Gilbert B. Siegel ’52, MS ’57 (SPP) spent much of his career as a faculty member at USC Price and as a consultant for various local, national and international governments. At USC Price, he served in a variety of administrative roles, including associate dean of academic programs, director of doctoral programs, director of master’s degree programs and director of Health Administration Programs. He retired from USC after 35 years as the C. C. Crawford Distinguished Professor of Public Productivity Improvement Emeritus. He died in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, 2016 at the age of 86.

“A great lesson learned from retirement experience is: Don’t say ‘Yes’ to too many requests for volunteer services.”  Gilbert B. Siegel.