Joe Fretwell

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Joe is the product of an urban public school system in Columbia, South Carolina. His experiences from an early age in classrooms defined by their racial, socioeconomic, and religious diversity instilled in him a hope for a future of equality and tolerance, but also an intimate understanding of the serious obstacles inhibiting progress in South Carolina.


He attended Furman University, a liberal arts school in the upstate of South Carolina, where he served as Student Body President his senior year. At Furman, Joe’s participation in student government sparked his interests in volunteering in local public schools and in organizations like the NAACP and the Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership – two groups that helped facilitate his interest in diversity and advocacy through avenues of government. He studied Political Science and minored in Poverty Studies, in hopes of developing a framework for change in South Carolina.


Joe comes to the University of Georgia with an interest in advancing his skillset with an MPA. He hopes to further his understanding of policymaking and public institutions so that he can return to South Carolina to advocate for and work on government policies that are accountable to all citizens, particularly those who continue to feel the lingering effects of racial marginalization and poverty.


B.A.,  Furman University, 2016, Cum Laude, Political Science & Poverty Studies (minor)

Of Note

Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, Furman University Alfred S. Reid Memorial Award