Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Mike is an assistant professor and director in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. He has previously served as Director of Legal Studies and Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at the University of Southern Mississippi. His research publications and presentations include such areas as developing model rules for AI, comparing French and US practices in religious freedom, and compensating eminent domain victims when their property was taken for economic purposes as public use. Prior to entering academia, Mike practiced law in Athens, Georgia in the area of corporate law and real estate law. Specifically, Mr. Lavender focused on advising nonprofit organization boards on best practices, appealing IRS denials, open-records requests, and commercial finance.