Jane Preyer '91 to Deliver 2014 MPA Commencement Address

Jane Preyer, southeast regional director of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), will be this year's MPA graduation speaker. Preyer first worked with EDF as an MPA intern and has been instrumental in the passage of some of the South’s most important environmental legislation.

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.

Harry Jones '74: This is Not a Time to be Skeptical

Alumnus and former North Carolina City and County Management Association President Harry Jones gave an impassioned speech about the honor of the management profession at the 2014 NCCCMA seminar in February. “To the students, this is not a time to be skeptical about entering the profession,” he said. “It's where the rubber meets the road.” Read more about his presentation in The Administrator newsletter.

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

Under the leadeship 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."

Faculty Member Charles Szypszak to Teach in Poland on Fulbright Specialist Grant

Faculty member Charles Szypszak has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to teach pedagogy and law in Poland. In February and March 2014 he will be hosted by the University of Wrocław, where he will teach seminars for graduate students and faculty on engaged Socratic-style teaching. He will also teach a course on current issues in real estate for Polish and international law students.

Faculty Member Willow Jacobson Evaluates Strategic Human Capital Management by County Governments

Willow Jacobson has co-authored "Do Human Resource Departments Act as Strategic Partners?" in the October 11 issue of Review of Public Personnel Administration. The article draws on qualitative data from 40 counties in New York and North Carolina to examine the adoption of strategic human capital management principles and practices.

Art Show Illustrates Faculty Member Maureen Berner's Research into Hunger in North Carolina

Faculty member Maureen Berner researches food insecurity, which is defined as the inability to provide regular meals for an active, healthy lifestyle. She has collaborated with documentary photographer Donn Young to illustrate a revealing—and sometimes painful—glimpse into the growing issue of hunger in North Carolina.

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