MPA alumni return to UNT for annual conference

Over 170 alumni joined current Public Administration students at the UNT Gateway Center for the annual MPA Alumni Conference in April.

The morning panel session focused on making smart decisions through data and included these experts:

  • Andel Koester, Associate Director, What Works Cities
  • Melissa Kraft, Chief Technology Officer, City of Denton
  • Melinda Galler, Assistant City Manager, City of Lewisville
  • Lynda Johnson, Performance & Budget Director, City of Ft. Worth
  • Jeff Bulla, sponsor and introductions, Principal with PGAL
  • John Cabrales, Director of Community Affairs and moderator, City of Denton

As the Chester Newland Colloquium Speaker, MPA alumnus and Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax shared his personal philosophy to municipal service.

Colleyville City Manager Jennifer Fadden received the MPA Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award.

UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson received the North Texas ASPA Chapter Public Administrator of the Year Award.

The Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society inducted students and Lisa Dicke, professor of public administration, presented an honorary Pi Alpha Alpha membership to Jennifer Evans-Cowley, a 97’ graduate of the MPA program and UNT’s incoming provost.

Student Breanne Jackson received the E. Ray Grifffin Scholar Award.

Students Sean Jacobson and Misty Ricketts received the Outstanding MPA Student Award.

Student Laura Keyes received the Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award.

The alumni board unveiled an MPA alumni polo shirt as part of an initiative to create a greater sense of pride and unity among program alumni.

Conference sponsors included PGAL, Siemens, Hilltop Securities, Newgen Strategies & Solutions, Freese & Nichols and Huitt-Zollars.