He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Arts Degree both in Political Science from the University of Florida. He earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law. He received his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Saviak teaches a dozen different courses at Flagler College covering a wide range of subjects in public administration and public policy. His students are public sector administrators and professionals who serve in four dozen different local and state government agencies across the Northeast and Central Florida regions.
Prior to teaching at Flagler College, he worked as a senior administrator in local government and brings a real world perspective to the classroom. Twice in his career, he served on senior management teams responsible for overseeing agencies with over 1,000 employees and annual budgets in excess of $100 million.
He is often asked to speak to audiences of academics and administrators on the topics of contracting, public-private partnerships, and strategies for successfully meeting the challenges facing local government in the 21st century. Over the years, Dr. Saviak has advised numerous elected officials and senior administrators on health care systems, criminal justice policy, transportation systems, and establishing electronic information sharing networks. He is an advocate of evidence-based public policy: does this policy actually work?