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Impact Newsletter Summer 2013

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D I R E C T O R ' S C O L U M N One of my favorite responsibili- ties as MPA director is providing leadership for the recruitment and selection of new students. We have just !nalized our new cohort of 27 residential and 20 online students who will begin the program this fall. This annual process gives my colleagues and me the op- portunity to talk with applicants about our goals of preparing public service leaders, our cur- riculum, our current students, and the careers of our alumni who are putting our mission of leadership into practice. Our graduates pursue careers in a broad range of governmental and nonpro!t organizations. In recognition of these varied career paths and in response to changes in our accreditation standards, we have worked over the past two years to update our curriculum to ensure that our graduates possess the required leadership competencies to advance the program's mission and reach their professional goals. This critical alignment of mission and outcome has become a major recruitment tool. Our faculty can demonstrate to applicants exactly how a Carolina MPA can advance their career goals. We are one of the few MPA programs, for example, that requires a course on professional communication and a course on law for public administration. We understand that e#ective leaders must be able to communicate e#ectively with stakeholders and must recognize the impact of the law on public sector decisions. Our alumni are serving in every level of government and in organizations that support the public interest, and our program is having an impact far and wide. Recently I showed a group of alumni a map (below) illustrating our leadership impact across the state of North Carolina. One alumnus declared that our goal should be to shade the entire map Carolina blue. Another said, "This illustrates why I am proud of my Carolina MPA." Wherever you are serving, please know that we, too, are proud of the impact you bring to your community and your state or country. William C. Rivenbark My door is always open. Please visit if you are in Chapel Hill, or contact me anytime with questions or suggestions about our MPA program at rivenbark@sog.unc.edu or 919.962.3707. 2 William C. Rivenbark MPA Program Director Professor of Public Administration and Government Local Private State Other Nonpro!t Federal 9% 25% 23% 17% 15% 11% Alumni by Sector Areas of North Carolina Where Alumni Serve as Local Government Managers

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