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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 public administration and management. He received a PhD in Public Affairs from Indiana University and an MPA from BYU Marriott. Dr. Wightman's primary research examines issues surrounding strategic human resource management, including executive search and succession, person-environment fit, and executive scandals. His work has been published in leading journals such as Public Administration Review, The American Review of Public Administration, 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

  • "Holding Out For a Hero: Linking Hiring Duration and Managerial Fit", Public Administration Review, 2023
  • "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