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Breck Wightman

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Breck Wightman is an Assistant Professor in the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at BYU Marriott, where he teaches courses in economics, public policy, and public administration. He received a PhD in Public Affairs from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from BYU Marriott. Dr. Wightman's current research examines aspects of the executive succession process, including vacancies and managerial fit. His broader research agenda spans public management, organization theory, and strategic human resource management. His work has been published in leading journals such as Public Administration Review, The American Review of Public Administration, Public and Performance Management Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.


  • Ph.D., Public Affairs, Indiana University, 2022
  • Master of Public Administration, Brigham Young University, 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, Brigham Young University - Idaho, 2016

Selected Publications

  • "Job Vacancy and Organizational Performance: Are Senior Managers or Street-Level Bureaucrats Missed Most?", Public Administration Review, Edition 4, Volume 82, Pages 660-670, 2022
  • "Inside the Push for Good Governance: Institutional Predictors of Administrative Transparency in Public Organizations", The American Review of Public Administration, Edition 8, Volume 51, Pages 590-604, 2021