Khi V. Thai, Ph.D.

Khi V. Thai

Khi V. Thai, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
School of Public Administration


Khi V. Thai has taught since 1978. His expertise is in public budgeting, financial management and public procurement. As shown in detail below, he is (1) editor of 3 academic journals; (2) Editorial Board member of 8 other academic journals; (3) author or editor of 12 books; (4) author or co-author of 41 referred articles, and 12 non-refereed articles and technical reports; (5) author or co-author of 22 book chapters; (6) editor or co-editor of 17 academic journal symposia; and (6) principal investigator of numerous grants/contracts. In addition, he has served as director of the Bureau of Public Administration at the University of Maine, Director of the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University, and founder and former Director of the Public Procurement Research Center at Florida Atlantic University. He organized a variety of training programs, particularly international training programs. Most recently, he has provided technical assistance to the South Florida Water Management District, the Government of Sierra Leone, Uganda, Bulgaria, Columbia, the Federal Government of Canada, United Nations, and Inter-American Development, in the area of procurement reforms, procurement integrity and international procurement.

In 2004, Professor Thai initiated the International Public Procurement Conference. The conference is intended to be a forum for practitioners and researchers from developed and developing countries (1) to share and to advance knowledge, innovation and best practices in public procurement; and particularly (2) to build a global network for practitioners and researchers. To achieve this goal, he created a website ( where all papers presented at previous conferences are posted.

In 2008, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc., a national professional association. This professional organization has created the “Khi V. Thai Researchers Awards” program that presents best researcher awards at its annual forum.