Vote for MPA Student Videos!

Carolina MPA students have entered ICMA's student chapter video contest—and they need your votes! The videos spotlight people and processes that highlight professionally managed communities to support ICMA's Life, Well Run campaign. Cast your votes on Facebook (1 "like" = 1 vote) for student-made videos about Cary, North Carolina or Hillsborough, North Carolina. The deadline is August 11, 2014.

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.

Faculty Member David Ammons Receives Public Administration Scholar Award

The American Society for Public Administration's Center for Accountability and Performance has named David Ammons the 2014 recipient of the Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award for work in the field of public sector performance. The selection was based on Ammons' article, "Signs of Performance Measurement Progress Among Prominent City Governments," published in the June 2013 issue of Public Performance and Management Review.

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.

Jack Vogt Receives Distinguished Public Service Award

At the 2013 Dean's Dinner, retired faculty member Jack Vogt was presented with the Donald Hayman Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his devoted service to MPA students and government officials throughout North Carolina. "He didn't just help students graduate," said alumna Ellen Liston '78, "he helped them become leaders."

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