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: Deborah K. Ross, General Counsel, Triangle Transit

Prior to joining Triangle Transit in 2013, Deborah K. Ross served more than 10 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives and has practiced law in the state for more than 20 years. As chief counsel, she provides legal support to the board of trustees and staff of Triangle Transit, ensuring agency compliance with the law and overseeing and managing contracts, property, and other legal matters. She earned a BA from Brown University and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Law School.


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

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