We are proud of our alumni and the variety of jobs they hold. Below are statistics on recent graduate placement and a sample of placements of recent alumni.

Graduate Placement Statistics Fall 2021-Spring 2022BooneForsyth
Federal Government10
State Government31
Local Government610
Non-profit domestic-oriented32

Statistics represent employment within 6 months of graduation.

Map of MPA Alumni

"The alumni base is second to none, and provides continuous mentoring of new and old graduates alike." -MPA Alum

Alumni Profiles

Jennifer McCracken

Jennifer McCraken

Health Director of Catawba County Public Health





James Inman

James Inman

City Manager of Bessemer






Ken Gamble

Ken Gamble 

Town of Mocksville Manager






Josh Ross

Josh Ross

Director of Administration for Bessemer City





Michael Peoples Michael Peoples

City Manager of Gastonia






Kim EagleKim Eagle

Gaston County Manager






Freddie BroomeFreddie Broome

Director of Equity and Inclusion for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA)

Cody Taylor

Cody Taylor

Appalachian Development Finance Fellow

 Casey Harris-PrattCasey Harris-Pratt

Assistant State Budget Officer for NC






Brian BarnettBrian Barnett

Deputy County Manager and CFO for Pitt County






Toni Shope - Marketing Director for McGill AssociatesToni Shope

Marketing Director for McGill Associates






Crystal Glenn- Associate Dean School of Workforce Development and the Arts Catawba Valley Community CollegeCrystal Glenn

Associate Dean School of Workforce Development and the Arts Catawba Valley Community College




Brandon ElrodBrandon Elrod

Human Resources Director for City of Newton





Past Alumni Profiles

Recent MPA Placements

Federal Government

  • FBI in Raleigh
  • Federal Police in Washington DC
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs Program Officer
  • US Army Officer

Local and State Government

  • Police Department Officers in Winston-Salem
  • Emergency Management Director in Watauga County
  • Assistant to City Manager in Winston-Salem
  • Business and Industry Manager in Davidson County Workforce Development
  • County Manager in Rockingham County
  • Boone Police Department Officers
  • Town Manager in Green Level
  • Register of Deeds in Guilford County
  • Downtown Development in Gastonia
  • Budget Analyst in Asheville
  • Budget Analyst in Hendersonville
  • Administrative Assistant in Marshville
  • Associate Budget Analyst in Charlotte
  • Budget Analyst in Charlotte
  • Police Officer in Phoenix AZ
  • Planner at Western Piedmont Council of Governments
  • Downtown Support Specialist in Boone
  • Compliance Officer at High Country Council of Governments

Nonprofit Administration

  • Outreach Assistant at Safe Alliance in Charlotte
  • Communications and Outreach at New River Conservancy
  • Outreach at NFL Players Externship Program
  • Outreach Coordinator at Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture
  • Grants and Programs at Forsyth Arts Council
  • Program Specialist at Smart Start in Caldwell County


  • Advancement Services Manager at Summit School in Winston-Salem
  • Coordinator at Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools

MPA Matriculation Data 2017-2018



2017/2018 Graduation RatesInitially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yrsGraduated within 3 yrsGraduated within 4 yrsTotal Students Persisting to Graduation