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Carolina MPA 50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration
March 31, 2017
School of Government
Chapel Hill

Join us for this celebration of our 50th anniversary. It's a chance to have quality time with your fellow alums, to take pride in your own and their accomplishments, and to reconnect and recommit to the program that launched or advanced to your career.

Look who's coming to dinner! (see list at bottom of page) Register now to join them.

Registration is required.
Please fill out the web form with information about events you are attending and meal choices for the Dean's Dinner.

  • Alumni/student presentations and the Deil S. Wright Lecture events are free of charge, and include a parking pass with registration.
  • The Cocktail Reception and Dean's Dinner are $100 per person, and include all School of Government events and parking at the School.

Hotel information
A block of rooms are being held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro Downtown at the discounted rate of $114 per night. 

UNC School of Government | free of charge

1:00 p.m. Arrive and mingle
Coffee and snacks
1:30 p.m.

Alumni/student presentations
Where MPAs share ideas and accomplishments in 15-minute presentations followed by discussion

  • Lena Geraghty '15 and Eric Reese '15 Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Government Excellence helps governments use data to make informed, effective decisions and improve people’s quality of life. Senior implementation advisors at GovEx, Lena Geraghty and Eric Reese will share their experiences working with local governments in the US and internationally through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative. They will discuss changes in data management and performance and analytics, including recommendations on how to stay up-to-date with public administration trends.
  • Thomas Mirc '17 (or '18), will address "The Rural American Job Revolution You Know Nothing About." The perception that technology jobs have been offshored by American companies for decades is still commonly shared. But a movement to create high-paying US jobs has occurred over the past decade in some unlikely places.
  • Ebony Perkins '13 will talk about her effort to launch The Philanthropist Next Door. In establishing The Philanthropist Next Door, Perkins sought to give the average citizen the same kind of resources that companies rely on to inform their philanthropy efforts. Using her background in nonprofit development, her endeavor offers support to individuals who wish to direct their contributions in smart and impactful ways.
2:30 Mingle
3:00 Deil S. Wright Lecture
UNC President Margaret Spellings
UNC Carolina Club | $100 per person
Transportation from the School of Government to the Carolina Club will be available.
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:00 p.m. Dean's Dinner Celebrating Carolina MPA's 50th Anniversary


Look who's coming to dinner!

1969 Denny McGuire
Robert Noe
Mal Watlington

Lew Brown
Cal Horton
Tom Lundy

1974 Steve and Julia Allred
Doug and Karen Bean
Tedd and Virginia Povar
1976 Becky Veazey
1977 Roger Stancil
Thomas and Anne Thonmpson
Richard and Pat Woodcock
1980 Richard Self
1982 Peggy Merris
Stephanie Fowler Benson
1983 Elizabeth Wanner
1986 Kevin FitzGerald
1987 Jim Greene
1988 Jennifer Cohen Golynsky and Leon Golynsky
Jeff Richardson
1989 Lee Clyburn
Dudley Watts
1990 Chris Morello
1993 Jim Donnelly
Ruffin Hall
1994 Bill Stockard
Andy and Jen Willis
1995 Jenny Noonan
1997 Susan Austin
Lee Worsley
1999 Catherine Clark
Margaret Henderson
2000 Katie Loovis
John Quinterno
2001 Benjamin Collins
2003 Heather Drennan
Faith Thompson and Wayne Brodie
2004 Alex Ashton
2005 Jessica Aylor
Johanna and Matt Foster
2006 Peter Franzese
John and Ashley King
2009 Kevin McLaughlin
Alicia Miller and Aaron Tuttle
2010 Michael Davis
2012 Jake Pflepsen
2015 Joseph Beasley
Emily Edmonds
Lena Geraghty
Eric Reese
Carolina Simpson
Kat Thompson
2016 Phillip Cordeiro
Austin Rouse
Alexander Vazquez
Students Kyle Bromir
Sarah Dickson
Dylan Russell
Faculty Maureen Berner
Gordon Whitaker
Staff Brandon Foster
Gini Hamilton