Impact Newsletter Summer 2012

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S U M M E R 2 0 1 2 A L U M N I NEWSLETTER The Con!dence to Think Critically A P R O F I L E O F F A G A N S T A C K H O U S E ' 7 4 by Maureen McCormick, '12 "The MPA program lifted me up and gave me the skills and vision to do what I have done in my career," says Fagan Stackhouse '74, human resources director for Charles- ton County, South Carolina. "I would not trade that experience for anything." Stackhouse grew up in Robeson County, North Carolina. His mother worked for the county, exposing him to the mission of civil servants from a young age. He started his undergraduate education at Howard University in Washington, DC, before transferring to and graduating from North Carolina A&T University with a degree in political science. Stackhouse says that his MPA experience "gave me the con!dence to think critically, do analytical work, and feel good about it." As a student, he had the opportunity to analyze data, write and issue reports, and to go beyond the initial boundaries of a project to explore it more deeply. "I appreciated the opportunity to o"er solutions that made a di"erence to communities." While in the program, Stackhouse worked with Dr. Donald Hayman. One of his projects involved an Institute of Government study of the recruitment, selection, and retention of minority police o#cers in Greensboro. In the early 1970s, Greensboro experienced strained race relations. There had been a string of police shootings of African-American males that caused signi!cant unease and distrust within the community. City o#cials recognized the need to examine practices related to African-American and other police applicants and o#cers. Stackhouse and Hayman, working with the police department, studied the hiring and promotional requirements and upward mobility opportunities. They proposed a " Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back." —Babe Ruth continued on page 3 H I G H L I G H T S 2 Director's Column 4 2012 Graduates and Capstone Awards 5 True Carolina Blue: Katie Paulson 6 Public Administration Conference 8 MPA Program Updates 9 Your Gifts at Work 10 Life Events Carolina MPA alumnus Fagan Stackhouse delivered the commencement address on May 12. D O U G L A S P I T T S P H O T O G R A P H Y

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