Dr. George Candler hails from Elkhart, Indiana and grew up as the son of a truck driver. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee, deploying to Panama, Okinawa and the Philippines. After discharge, he emigrated to Australia, working construction for a few years in the Northern Territory before moving to Brisbane to complete a B.A. at Griffith University. He later earned a B.Litt (Hons) from Deakin University completeing the degree as an external student while working as a roads engineer for the Ministry of Works in the Kingdom of Tonga (a position arranged through the Australian Volunteers Abroad program). After returning to the U.S., he completed a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University. His dissertation research explored the involvement of non-profit organizations in public policy in the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Sergipe.
Prior to arriving at UNF, Dr. Candler held faculty positions at the University of Vermont, Bridgewater State College, and Indiana University’s South Bend campus. He also taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at the State University of Santa Catarina. His research still focuses largely on Brazil and covers a range of topics in public and non-profit management. His recent interests focus on different national approaches to the study of public administration.
Dr. Candler summed up his program for potential graduates students; “Government is good, good government is better.”