On May 9th, the reconvened Master of Public Administration (MPA) Advisory Board will meet with the purpose of evaluating and improving the processes and outcomes of the MPA degree program.  Their professional knowledge and expertise will be utilized to review MPA program aspects such as mission statement, program goals, public service values, and learning outcomes for the core curriculum and specializations.  Following the meeting, board members will be invited to meet with MPA graduates and their family members at a graduation reception on the front steps of Baldwin Hall.

“The MPA Advisory Board consists of an outstanding group of individuals who are dedicated to improving their communities through public service,” said Deborah Carroll, incoming MPA Director and Graduate Coordinator. “Their knowledge, experience, and advice is invaluable to the success of our MPA program as we continually strive to improve the ways in which we educate and prepare our students to become community leaders themselves.”

The board members include:

  • Valerie Brock-Naglich, US Centers for Disease Control
  • Fenwick Broyard, Community Connection of Northeast Georgia
  • Spencer Frye, Habitat for Humanity/State House of Representatives
  • Toussaint Hill, ACC Police Department
  • Caroline Paris Paczkowski, UGA SPIA Alumni Relations
  • Joan Prittie, Project Safe
  • Tracie Sanchez, Georgia Trail Summit/Decatur-Active Living
  • David Tanner, Carl Vinson Institute of Government

The MPA Advisory Board helps in evaluating curriculum needs and setting standards and goals. Members of the Council also serve as important resource contacts for internship and employment opportunities for MPA students and alumni.

“They are leaders in the public sector and I’m excited to have them directly engaged with our program as it continues to move forward.  Additionally, I have no doubt that they will serve as a great resource for our students in providing internship and career assistance,” said Aaron Redman, MPA Recruitment and Career Services Coordinator.

The Department of Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs administers the Masters and Ph.D. programs in public administration and policy. The MPA program is ranked 4th in the nation and 2nd among public universities in U.S. News & World Report. In a recent study done by Erasmus University, the University of Georgia ranked as the top university in public administration scholarship for all five scales evaluated.