Register now to attend the conference on November 5-6 at the School of Government.
Three conference tracks will give you opportunities to connect, learn, and remember your passion for service. MPA faculty members will discuss their current research, and a range of speakers will present on timely issues such as big data, public/private partnerships, and the challenges of both sharing and competing for limited resources.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Carol Folt, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor
When Carol L. Folt was installed as Carolina’s 11th chancellor and first woman leader in October 2013, she said, “As America’s first public university, Carolina became the gold standard. The founders passed the baton, and the future is up to us. How can we fulfill this honorable charge in a way that is ever fresh and relevant?”
Folt came to Carolina from Dartmouth College, where she was interim president in 2012–2013, Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences, and a faculty member and administrator for 30 years.
An Akron, Ohio, native, Folt is a product of public higher education. Her parents were the first in their families to attend college. She worked her way through the University of California at Santa Barbara as a waitress, earning a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology in 1976 and a master’s degree in biology two years later. She received her doctorate in ecology from the University of California at Davis and did postdoctoral work at the WK Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University.
DEIL S. WRIGHT LECTURER Christine Todd Whitman, Whitman Strategy Group President, Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Former New Jersey Governor
Christine Todd Whitman is president of the Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.
Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to that, she served as the first female governor of New Jersey.
As governor, Whitman earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space. As EPA administrator, she promoted environmental improvements and championed regulations requiring non-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions. Under her tenure, the agency established the first federal program to promote redevelopment and reuse of “brownfields.”
Whitman co-chairs Clean and Safe Energy (CASE) and is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Sustainable Shale Development. She is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, serves on the O’Connor Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, and is a member of the advisory board of the Corporate Eco Forum and of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council.
Whitman earned a BA from Wheaton College.
CLOSING SPEAKER: Scott Mooneyham, Advocacy Communications Strategist, North Carolina League of Municipalities
Scott Mooneyham has served as advocacy communications strategist at the North Carolina League of Municipalities since 2014. In that role, he promotes the League’s policy goals by engaging members of the state and local media, manages strategic communication efforts intended to further League member priorities, and works with League members to assist in their advocacy efforts. For more than a decade, Mooneyham served as editor of the NC Insider and as a columnist for the Capitol Press Association. He was North Carolina’s chief political writer for the Associated Press and worked for that organization for eight years. He began his career as a journalist at the Goldsboro News-Argus and the Fayetteville Observer.
Mooneyham earned a BA in political science and English from North Carolina State University.
Thanks to the 2015 Conference Committee
Monica Croskey ’05, Co-Chair
Taylor Libby ’05, Co-Chair
Janelle Beverly ’09
Laura Biediger ’10
Emily Edmonds ’12
Olivia Hammill ’16
Allison Hutchins ’13
Davena Mgbeokwere ’13
Stephen Moore ’12
Adam Parker ’08
Ed Regan ’71
David Stancil ’91
Bill Stockard ’94
Ronda Tatum ’88
Mal Watlington ’69