Carolina MPA Celebrates 2014–2015 Graduates

Faculty, staff, and family members celebrated the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Carolina MPA graduates on Saturday, May 9. Charlotte City Council Member Vi Lyles '74 delivered the graduation address. For photos of the event, visit Carolina MPA on Facebook and Twitter.

Dean Mike Smith Receives UNC Public Service Award

Dean Mike Smith was honored on April 7 with the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service and presented by Chancellor Carol Folt, the award recognizes that Smith's "approach to mentoring, inspiring, and providing opportunities for others to make a positive impact in the community has expanded public service beyond the University and the School of Government."


The NC Association of County Commissioners has partnered with MPA@UNC, the online format of the Carolina MPA program, to offer $5,000 fellowships to members interested in pursuing degrees online. Learn more.

MPA@UNC Fellowships Available for NCLM Members

The NC League of Municipalities has partnered with MPA@UNC, the online format of the Carolina MPA program, to offer $5,000 fellowships to members interested in pursuing degrees online. Learn more.

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 Government 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.

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.
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