Drake Edward Accardi

NASPAA Reaccreditation Coordinator
UGA Department of Public Administration and Policy

Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Administration (MPA) Public Management & Higher Education Administration

Mr. Accardi coordinates the accreditation process to produce a self-study covering various assessment metrics, mission and organizational planning, data analysis, and stakeholder input.

  • MPA, The University of Georgia 2013 Public Management & Higher Education Administration
  • AB, Furman University Political Science
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, trips to the Terrapin brewery, and traveling. I also enjoy reading out by the pool and playing racquetball at UGA’s Ramsey Center.

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

There are many, but I particularly enjoyed our class discussions in Leadership in Public Service since they allowed us to take organizational theory and apply it to the real world challenges we will face in our careers.

My Top Three Career Tips
  1. Take full advantage of the individualized attention you can receive from our world-class faculty
  2. Enjoy your time in Athens and be sure to network and socialize with your colleagues
  3. Research topics in class that interest you and that will apply to your future job prospects
Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

Through the Graduate Student for Public Administration, I had the opportunity to work with Extra Special People to put on a Halloween festival and their yearly Big Hearts Pageant at the Classic Center.

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Copper Creek is a great place to grab some dinner, play trivia, and relax with friends. Athens is in decent proximity to Atlanta and Columbia, so I could easily visit my friends and family during the holidays.