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


State, provincial, or regional government in US16%
City, County, or other local government in US56%
Non-profit domestic-oriented15%
Non-profit/NGOs internationally-oriented3%
Private sector-not research/consulting5%
Obtaining further education5%

Map of Alumni Serving as Town/City or County Manager

Map of Alumni Job Placements
***Counties shaded in gold show locations where MPA alumni have served as public officials in county offices. Yosef icons indicate cities or towns where MPA alumni have served their respective municipalities.

Recent Pre-Service Alumni Placements

Local Government

  • Town Manager, Town of Ayden Map of alumni serving as town/city or county manager in NC
  • Planner I, Rowan County
  • City Manager, City of Hamlet
  • Planner, Town of Knightdale
  • Town Administrator, Town of Pineville
  • Town Planner, Town of Wilkesboro
  • Town Manager, Town of Valdese
  • Town Administrator, Town of Sawmills
  • Budget Analyst, Raleigh Municipal Government
  • CDBG Administrator and Economic Development Director, Layton City (Utah)
  • Planning Technician, City of Sanford
  • Communications Specialist, Town of Mooresville
  • Economic Development Director, Town of Garner
  • Administrative Officer II, City of Charlotte
  • Budget Analyst, Cabarrus County
  • Budget and Management Analyst, City of Hendersonville
  • Research and Budget Analyst/Management Assistant, Henderson County
  • Planner I, Town of Summerville (South Carolina)
  • Deputy Clerk of the Board, Guilford County
  • Planning and Community Development Director, Town of North Wilkesboro
  • Assistant to the City Manager, Town of Wilkesboro
  • Planner/GIS Specialist, City of Lenoir
  • Town Administrator, Town of Boiling Springs (South Carolina)
  • Town Administrator, Town of Wilson's Mills

Federal Government

  • Officer, U.S. Army (El Paso, Texas)
  • U.S. Probation Officer, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services (Portland, Maine)

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Executive Director of Nonprofit Leadership Development and Professional Coaching, Samaritan's Purse
  • Manager, ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals) (New York City)
  • Workplace Policy Researcher, The National Partnership for Women & Families (Washington, D.C.)
  • Parent Educator, Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (Asheville)
  • Volunteer Education Analyst, State Employees' Credit Union (Raleigh)

Colleges and Universities

  • Associate Directory, BB&T Leadership Center, Appalachian State University
  • Employment Development Specialist, University of Pittsburgh
  • Administrative/Research Assistant, Guilford College
  • Coordinator-Business & Industry Services, Catawba Valley Community College-Workforce Development Innovation Center

Private Business

  • Marketing Coordinator, Plasticard- Locktech International (Seattle, Washington)
  • Principal, Destination by Design Planning (Hickory/Lenoir)
  • Marketing Manager, Exacter, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Regional Contract Manager, AppSense (Raleigh)

Recent Post-MPA In-Service Alumni Placements

Local Government

  • Sergeant, Alexander County Sherriff's Office
  • Fire Chief, Statesville Fire Department
  • Public Works and Utilities Director, City of Newton
  • Fire Captain, City of Winston-Salem
  • Budget and Management Analyst, City of Kannapolis
  • Assistant Fire Marshal, Winston-Salem Fire Department
  • Town Manager, Town of Dobson
  • Fire Captain, Statesville Fire Department
  • Town Administrator, Town of Stoneville
  • Deputy Director Property and Facilities Management, City of Winston-Salem
  • County Manager/ Finance Officer, Yadkin County
  • Chief Information Officer, Catawba County
  • General Service Director, Forsyth County
  • Fire Chief, Valdosta Fire Department (Georgia)

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Donor Services Officer, Winston-Salem Foundation
  • System of Care Coordinator, Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare (Dobson)
  • Early Childhood Services Coordinator, The Children's Resource Center (Hickory)

Colleges and Universities

  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Safety/Chief of Police, UNC-Asheville

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