Thu, April 28, 2016

PADP In 60 Seconds

  • Public Policy & Management Minor

    The Department of Public Administration and Policy has added a new undergraduate minor in Public Policy and Management which focuses on preparing students for careers in government and nonprofit organizations by allowing undergraduate students to learn from faculty with a long history of training nonprofit and government leaders around the world as part of UGA’s Masters of Public Administration program (ranked #4 by U.S. News and World Report).

    For more information, contact Paul Welch at or 706.542.0096.

  • Wright Elected to NAPA

    Congratulations to Public Administration and Policy Department Head and Professor Bradley Wright for being elected as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow.  He joins Professor Rainey, Professor Whitford, and Professor O’Toole in this distinguished group.  NAPA Fellows are selected in recognition of a lifelong contribution to the public service and is one of the highest national honors for public servants, researchers and lecturers.  The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-partisan organization chartered by the US Congress in 1965 to improve the practice of public management by recognizing excellence in the public service and by conducting management studies and technical assistance for all levels of government.

  • The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) ranks fourth among graduate schools of public affairs, according to the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. At the core of SPIA’s reputation in public affairs is its master of public administration (MPA) degree program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and has earned a reputation for excellence. The school also ranked second in public management and second in public budgeting and finance nationally.

  • Rainey Wins Frederickson Award

    Hal Rainey has been selected to receive the 2016 H. George Frederickson Award of the Public Management Research Association for career contributions to public management research and the intellectual development of the field. He will be receiving the award at this summer’s PMRA Conference in Aarhus, Denmark.  This is a huge but very well deserved honor!

    Previous winners of this award are few but all very distinguished:  Laurence Lynn, Jr., Christopher Hood, Beryl Radin, Kenneth J. Meier, Barry Bozeman and Jim Perry.

Student news, Faculty news

PhD Candidate Presents at ASPA Conference 2016

Apr 2016 PhD candidate Tommy Valentine presented at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) conference a paper he co-wrote with MPA Director Dr. Deborah Carroll. The paper was presented at a special session regarding the Seoul Case Study Program (SCSP), and it was titled “Korean PAIRS: Non-Profit/Public Partnership Program that aims to repair Seouls’ filial responsibility through transit incentives.” In addition to paper presentations there was an opening ceremony with the Director of Information System Planning Division, Jongwoo Shin, the Deputy Consul-General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, Byungkwun Kim, and the Vice Dean of International School of Urban Sciences, University of Seoul.

In the news

State Legislature Recognizes Nationally Ranked MPA’s 50 Years of Public Service

Mar 2016 The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) is excited to announce the 50th anniversary of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The MPA 50th Anniversary was recognized on the House and Senate floors of the Georgia Legislature, resulting in a resolution congratulating the program for its positive impact from local to global. In celebration of 50 years of excellence, SPIA and the Department of Public Administration and Policy will host a weekend of events on April 15-16, 2016 in Athens, Georgia.

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Rainey Wins 2016 Frederickson Award

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Dr. Moldogaziev Wins Best Paper Award

  • Center for International Trade and Security
  • Apr 2016

CITS hosts training for Chinese nuclear security center

Up Close

  • Andersen, Lotte

    Lotte B. Andersen ( is professor at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University and in the spring semester 2016 also visiting Fulbright scholar at UGA. Her research interests include leadership, motivation and behavior and performance of public employees, and she has also...

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    Blackston, Jasmine

    Campbell, Briana

    Major: Nonprofit Administration

  • Jiang, Wantong

    Major: Public Administration

    Wantong, a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual with strong interest in non-profit management. After working for International NGO and Social Enterprises, she determined to further her study in public administration in order to make a difference in society in a more innovative and sustainable...

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    Mecikalski, Brandon

    Sharp, Stephanie

    Major: Public Budgeting and Finance and Local Government Administration

    A graduate of UGA's Terry College of Business, she joins the MPA program after a long career in private industry as founder and CEO of Plexus, Inc., an Athens based web development business founded in 1997. ...

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PADP Calendar
Apr 29

Local Government Practicum Presentations

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Baldwin 202

Apr 29

SPIA Networking Night

May 13

UGA Graduate Commencement

May 13

SPIA Undergraduate Convocation

May 13

UGA Undergraduate Commencement

7:00 pm

Sanford Stadium

Sep 16

Constitution Day

Sponsor: SPIA, Law School, and The American Founding Group

2:00 pm