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MPPA Placement Rate of Graduates Remains at 100 Percent

On May 8, 2015, a Hooding and Awards ceremony was held at the Baker Center for the fourteen graduates of the Master's in Public Administration Program (MPPA). Faculty associated with the program attended in full academic regalia along with more than 100 family and friends of the graduates. Like their colleagues from last academic year, all of the members of this graduating class distinguished themselves by obtaining professional positions. Sustaining a perfect placement rate during challenging economic conditions is testament to the focus and commitment of our talented graduates and the quality and reputation of their graduate training. This year's graduates attained a variety of responsible positions in the government, non-profit and higher education sectors.

Name Semester graduated
(or expected)
Madeline L. Shelly Summer 2015 Administrative Assistant, Workers' Compensation, TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
John David Clark Summer 2015 1L, UT Law School
Jared E. Miller Summer 2015 Major, Army National Guard
Urisa Rêvé Smith Summer 2015 Congressional Intern, Washington, D.C.
Kelly Iler Summer 2015 1L, Lewis & Clark School of Law, Portland, OR
Brian Jacob Moran   Assistant to the City Manager, City of Cleveland, TN
Elizabeth Burman Spring 2015 Director, UT Director, Office of Community Engagement & Outreach (cont.)
Jeanne Marie (Humphrey) Harrison Spring 2015 Associate, Smith, Currie, & Hancock (Law Firm)
Atlanta, GA
Helena Stocking Spring 2015 Knoxville Community Development Dept.; Expected occupation in July 2015: New Mom
Troy Williamson Spring 2015 Budget Analyst, Division of the Budget, TN Dept. of Finance & Administration
Cameron Dodd Fall 2014 Budget Analyst, State of TN, Dept. of Finance and Administration
Anne Freeland Fall 2014 IT Specialist, Central Procurement, State of TN; PhD Program Texas A&M (beginning fall 2015)
Rumira Xhaferaj Fall 2014 Administrative Assistant, UT College of Agriculture, Sponsored Programs

As part of the MPPA Hooding & Awards ceremony in the Baker Center's Toyota Auditorium, Andrew Morelock, President of the UT Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national scholastic honor society for public administration, inducted five new members with distinguished academic records. The new MPPA inductees are David Clark, Jared E. Miller, Brian Jacob Moran, Urisa Rêvé Smith, and Troy Williamson.

Other MPPA News

  • The Robert S. Freeman Award is given each spring to the MPPA student who has at least one additional semester of coursework remaining and who is not funded by a tuition waiver or stipend to recognize academic excellence and professional promise. This year, the MPPA faculty chose two students to receive this award worth $1,250 to each students.  This amount can be used to help pay for fees and tuition during the summer or fall term 2015. MPPA Director David Folz had the pleasure of introducing the two Freeman Award winners for 2015-- Genoa Wolford-Boling who is interested in health policy and Katy Baker who has an interest in management and leadership. Congratulations to both of these outstanding MPPA students!
  • The first meeting of the seventeen members of the newly constituted UT MPPA Board of Advisors met with the MPPA faculty and students May 8, 2015 in the Board Room of the Baker Center for Public Policy. The Board is comprised of distinguished UT alumni representing several generations of accomplished professionals and leaders in key positions in local, state, and federal government, non-profit organizations, higher education, and academia. Each graciously volunteered to share their time, talents, and expertise to help advance the MPPA program and to help guide its mission to train the next generations of highly skilled and ethical public servants.
  • The Board elected 2014 MPPA graduates, Lola Alapo and Rachael Guarnieri, as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. The Board plans to meet again during the fall of 2015 and will invite alumni from across the country to attend the meeting and to help advance the development of the new MPPA Enrichment Fund.

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