Alumni

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 2018 - Summer 2019

Federal Government9%
State Government18%
City, County, or other local government in US18%
Non-profit domestic-oriented36%
Private sector-not research/consulting18%

   

     Map of Alumni Serving as Town/City or County Manager

           Map showing alumni job placements in NC
   ***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.

 

  

"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

EDUCATION

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

 

 

MPA Matriculation Data 2014-2015

Total

 Initially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yrsGraduated within 3 yrsTotal Students Persisting to Graduation
Fall      20143272028
Spring  20151831215
Summer 201511--1

 

By Campus

 Boone

Initially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yrsGraduated within 3 yrsTotal Students Persisting to Graduation
Fall      201412729
Spring  201533--3
Summer 201511--1

 

 Hickory

Initially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yrsGraduated within 3 yrsTotal Students Persisting to Graduation
Fall      201420--1819

 

 Forsyth

Initially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yrsGraduated within 3 yrsTotal Students Persisting to Graduation
Spring      201515--1212