Lance Theodore LeLoup (1949-2009) – a distinguished political science researcher, teacher, and administrator.
A highly regarded observer of the political scene, he had most recently served as vice provost of international programs for Washington State University. Dr. LeLoup joined WSU in 1996 to serve as chair of the department of political science, a position he held until 2001. In addition, he served as director of the Thomas Foley Institute from 1998-2001. He had been head of International Programs since 2005. He was the C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science from 2000-2003 and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Political Science from 2005-2008. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Regents Professor, the first faculty member from the political science department to achieve that rank.
Dr. LeLoup earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University with honors and his master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University. He worked as a legislative assistant to the minority leader of the Ohio State Senate before becoming a faculty member at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1974.
During his 22 years at UMSL he served as the chairman of the Department of Political Science and was one of the original directors of the Public Policy Research Center. Dr. LeLoup had a long and distinguished career in teaching and research and a national and international reputation as a scholar. His in-depth knowledge of the political process, as well as his quick and ready wit, led to his being frequently quoted by reporters seeking insight into current political events.
Dr. LeLoup was the author of fourteen books and 60 articles on politics and public policy in the U.S. and Europe.
He lived in England, France, Hungary, and Slovenia, and lectured around the world. He was a Professeur Invité at the Institut d'Études Politiques, University of Bordeaux-Montesquieu, Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, visiting Professor at L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Public Policy at Hungary's Budapest University.
In 2007, Dr. LeLoup received the Aaron Wildavsky Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Public Budgeting by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, the largest section of the American Society for Public Administration. At the presentation of the award, it was stated that Dr. LeLoup had "one of the most recognized names in public budgeting with a distinguished record of research and publications that spanned over thirty years covering a wide range of areas. There are very few people in the field today who can claim the same level of distinction and authority over such a long period of time."