Richard Keevey

Lecturer in Public and International Affairs

Robertson Hall
Renee Weist


  • Federal and State Budgeting and Finance; Public Management


Richard F. Keevey is the former Budget Director and Comptroller for the State of New Jersey -- having been appointed by two Governors from each political party.

Rich was appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Rich was also appointed by the President as the Deputy Under Secretary for Finance and the Director of the Defense Finanace and Accounting Agency for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he was the CEO of the World's largest finance operation.

In the private sector, Rich was a Practice Director for Finance for Arthur Andersen, and the Director of Core Administration programs for Unisys Corporation.

In academia Rich was the Director of the Policy Research Institute for the Region (PRIOR) at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton Universsity -- and has taught at Rutgers University, George Mason University, American University, Seton Hall University, the Collge of New Jersey, and the University of Maryland.  

In his community, Rich was an elected school board member for nine years and a member of the Board of Directors for his local hospital. Presently he is a Board member of the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.; the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and the Planning Board of the Township of Plainsboro.

Rich served overseas in 1964,65 and 66 as an Executive Officer of a nuclear artillery missle battery for the U.S. Army.

Rich is currently a Senior Policy Fellow at the Bloustein School of Planning and Policy at Rutgers University teaching courses in budgeting, and selected federal finance topics. 

Rich is a FELLOW of the National Academy of Public Administration and the MIT Program for Foreign Policy.

Rich was awarded the "Life Time Achievent Award for Budgeting and Financial Management" by the National Association of Budgeting and Financial Management;he is a member of Who’s Who in America; and is the recipient of both the DOD Medal for Distinguished Service (twice) and the DOD Medal for Outstanding Service from the Secretary of Defense.

Rich has an undergraduate degree from La Salle College and a graduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  

Rich, and his wife Elizabeth have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.