Recent MPA News

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 Graduates!

Our Spring 2020 MPA Graduates are:  Ryan Harris, Jo’ann Holder, Coryn Kolberg, Gabrielle Lamountain, Keviele McBride, Jordan Paige, Antonio Powell, Rebecca Ray, Stephen Simpson and Lindsay Swing!!!

Our Summer 2020 Nonprofit Management Certificate Graduates are:  Stephanie Finch, Hannah Van Hooser and Victoria Young!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!!

Congratulations to our MPA Alumni!

Congratulations to our alumni for special recognition for their excellent public service!

Rachel Hawley Kelly (‘MPA ’09) was voted as one of Triad Business Journal’s 40 under 40!  Rachel is the Director of Public Policy for the City of Burlington.

Sarah McGuire (MPA’14) was selected as a Founder’s Fellow by the national American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  This competitive award provides her with a free ASPA conference in March and mentoring with a key ASPA leader.  Currently serving on the local Piedmont Triad chapter board, Sarah works as the Community Outreach Specialist for Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).

Joshua Sherrick (MPA ’15) was recently selected as a Rising Star by the national American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) due to his leadership as President of the Piedmont Triad Chapter.  He is the City of Greensboro’s Arts and Events Superintendent.  He has been one of the key, behind-the-scenes folks making the National Folk Festival a big success for Greensboro for the past three years.  The festival has become the largest public event the City hosts.

UNCG’s MPA Program Rated in Top 50 Nationally!

UNCG’s MPA program has been ranked in the top 50 list of MPA programs nationally.  Among 400 MPA programs researched, our MPA was highly rated because of our program’s affordability, NASPAA accreditation, salaries, and prestige. Only two other NC programs are in the top 50–NC State and UNC Chapel Hill. There certainly are other strengths of our program that we would brag about (great students and faculty, small classes, applied research projects, and networking opportunities), but we’ll take it!  Read all about it:  Master’s of Public Administration Programs (

NEW Scholarships for Americorps Graduates:

The MPA program has made available up to two scholarships of $2000 each for graduates of Americorps and Vista programs. Preference will be given to North Carolina residents or those who served full-time in North Carolina. Financial need as demonstrated in a FAFSA will be required.

Congratulations to the MPA Student Award Winners for 2019 – 2020

  • North Carolina City/County Managers Association Scholarship – Forrest White
  • Next Generation Graduate Award –  Destiny Alston, Jessica Clark, Emily Saine, Michala Westbrook
  • May Davidson Scholarship Fund –  Katherine Faulkner, Lauren Forbis, Jo’ann Holder, Jay Mebane, Antonio Powell, Rebecca Ray 
  • Annie Parham Endowed Graduate Award – David Cashwell

MPA Resumes for 2019

The following are graduates who are currently seeking employment:

  • Benjamin Ballou

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