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S U M M E R 2 0 1 3 A L U M N I NEWSLETTER MPA Degree Useful for Career in Politics by Brian A. Farkas '13 The Carolina MPA program prepares public service leaders. For most alumni, this means helping state, local, and non- pro!t organizations solve public problems by serving in appointive, nonpartisan positions, free from political a"liation or designation. However, for a relative few, the route to public service has been through elective o"ce. Parker Wiseman '05, mayor of Starkville, Mississippi, since 2009, considers it an honor to serve the city in which he was born and raised. He regards his MPA education as a critical part of his success and credits the program with helping him more e#ectively navigate the "mine!eld of human relationships" to get things done. Wiseman regularly incorporates many MPA principles into his vision for Starkville as he advocates for strategic planning, capital improvement, and performance measurement. "The biggest thing the MPA program taught me," he says, "is that clean and lean government processes can accomplish what needs to be accomplished while maintaining public trust." Richard Y. Stevens '74 represented the 17th District in the North Carolina State Senate from 2002–2012. Formerly Wake County manager, Stevens was elected to !ve consecutive terms. He co-chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee and served as a budget leader under both Republican and Democratic majorities. Before leaving the General Assembly in 2012, Stevens was ranked as the Senate's third most e#ective member, according to a survey by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. Stevens credits the MPA program with equipping him with the skills necessary to be e#ective. "There is a steep learning curve for new legislators," he says. " And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed." —Dr. Seuss continued on page 3 H I G H L I G H T S 2 Director's Column 4 Capstone Awards Presented to Mattie Stevens and Daniel Baird 5 2013 MPA Commencement Address 6 True Carolina Blue: Ryan Regan 8 Public Administration Conference 10 Life Events 12 Save the Date Parker Wiseman '05, mayor of Starkville, Mississippi, was guest speaker at the Mississippi State University Libraries in September 2010.

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