UNCW MPA Program, New Hanover County Government Announce New Partnership

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UNCW graduate students Caroline Dawkins, Phil Lamotte and Megan Upchurch have been selected to serve as the first fellows to participate in a new partnership between the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the New Hanover County government.

County Manager Chris Coudriet announced the New Hanover County MPA Fellows Program, which offers three MPA students the opportunity to work alongside county administrators and staff for one year, with the option to renew for a second year, while they are enrolled in the program.

Professor of Public Administration Thomas Barth, who serves as the MPA program director, said: “The students will be placed in policy, planning and human resource offices and work on a variety of projects that will meet county needs while also providing the students with invaluable experience. This program will be an important tool in attracting high quality MPA students to a career in public service.”

Coudriet was equally as excited about the program, saying, “The program is the result of our organization’s desire to collaborate with area agencies in order to work towards a common cause – the betterment of our community.” 

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, housed in the Department of Public & International Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences, is an interdisciplinary, terminal professional degree. The MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).