Robert C. Myrtle, DPA, is Professor Emeritus of Health Services Administration, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California.
Dr. Myrtle received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s and doctoral degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. During 41 years at the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Myrtle co-authored two books on management; 18 book chapters; 51 articles in journals, including Health Care Management Review, Health Policy and Planning, Public Administration Review, Social Science and Medicine, and The Gerontologist; and 70 conference papers and professional reports. He has academic appointments in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the Marshall School of Business and is a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Health Policy and Management at the National Taiwan University.
Dr. Myrtle’s key research interests are leadership, executive development, and organizational and management effectiveness. Current research includes the influence of managers’ behavior on perceptions of overall leadership effectiveness; examining factors influencing the performance of surgical teams; and assessing factors influencing organizational legitimacy during and following major natural disasters.
Dr. Myrtle is the recipient of the Academy of Management’s Health Care Division’s Teaching Excellence Award and the American Society for Public Administration’s Los Angeles Chapter Harry Scoville Award for Academic Excellence. He was named Professor of the Year at USC and has three times been named Most Inspirational Business Professor. He is the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Award, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Award for best article of the year appearing in the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration.
Dr. Myrtle was chair of the Los Angeles County Hospitals and Health Services Commission. He was board chair for SCAN Health Plan and was a member of the board of directors for the Huntington Medical Foundation. He has served as board chair of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach (CA).