Congratulations to Our First MPA@UNC Graduates!

On December 14, Ruth Rivas and Jeremy Schmidt graduated from the MPA program as the first to complete the MPA@UNC format. Rivas earned a BA from New York University and a JD from Booklyn Law School; she is now teaching in North Carolina. Schmidt earned a BA from Universtiy of Wisconsin; he's a member of the US Marine Forces Reserve and a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Join the Engaging Women in Public Service LinkedIn Group

A new LinkedIn group seeks to equip women to pursue leadership positions in public and nonprofit organizations through discussion and collaboration. Women and men at all levels of public service interested in harnessing the leadership potential of women are encouraged to join. 

School of Goverment to Host 2017 Public Management Research Conference

The School of Government has been selected to host the 14th Biennial Public Management Research Conference in Chapel Hill in summer 2017. Faculty and staff are looking forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world to the UNC campus and are planning a memorable event.

Leveraging Local Change: The States' Role

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has recently published a white paper by faculty members Carl Stenberg and Rick Morse, "Leveraging Local Change: The States' Role." The paper analyzes the role that states have played in helping local governments deliver services in challenging economic times.

Join Us for the 2014 Public Administration Conference

Plans for the 2014 Public Administration Conference are shaping up with three concurrent tracks (technology, human resources, and management). The event also features L. Douglas Wilder, former governor of Virginia, as the Deil S. Wright lecturer (shown left). Save the dates, November 6–7, and visit the conference page for updates.

Public Service in the Private Sector

Carolina MPA alumni serve in all levels of government and in the nonprofit sector. But did you know that 23 percent of our graduates work in the private sector? Read about three alumni who are employed in the private sector: one entrepreneur (Mark McDonald '95, pictured), one consultant, and one corporate executive.

MPA Alumni Serving as ICMA Local Government Management Fellows

Three 2014 graduates have been named as ICMA Local Government Management Fellows. Jenifer Della Valle will serve the Town of Hillsborough, Sara Hazel will work in the City of Charlotte, and Megan Dale will work in Catawba County, North Carolina. 2013 graduate Mattie Sue Stevens is serving as an ICMA Fellow in the City and County of Durham. This highly competitive opportunity places Fellows in full-time management-track local government positions, shaped by direct mentorship under senior government leaders and rotational assignments. 

Faculty Member Leisha DeHart-Davis Appointed to Board of Arizona State University Center for Research and Organization Design

Associate Professor Leisha DeHart-Davis has been appointed to the board of advisors for the Arizona State University Center for Research and Organization Design. The center promotes, supports, and conducts research on public, nonprofit, and hybrid organizations and their design. The board of advisors includes faculty members from universities around the world.

ICMA Launches "Life, Well Run" Campaign to Support Professional Local Government Management

The International City/County Management Association has launched “Life, Well Run,” a campaign to raise awareness of the role professional local government managers play in building communities. Visit ICMA's YouTube channel to watch campaign videos, and visit the “Life, Well Run” website for professional management success stories, including several from North Carolina communities.

Alumnus Hardin Watkins '88 Leads Garner to All-America City Award

Under the leadership of Town Manager Hardin Watkins '88, Garner, North Carolina, was one of 10 recipients of the 2013 All-America City Award, given by the National Civic League to cities that demonstrate a high level of civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration to solve community-wide problems.

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