Political Science

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Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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MPA Alumni

Eastern Michigan University is proud to have trained over 600 public servants through its Master of Public Administration program since its inception in 1980, and these alumni represent a valuable network of support for the program and for current students.

Read how earning the MPA at EMU has impacted our alumni.


Become Involved

Do you have an update (job, honors, awards, contact information) you would like to share with us? Are you interested in becoming more involved with the EMU MPA program?

Let us know by filling out the alumni contact form.

Mentorship & Professional Development Program

The EMU MPA Mentorship & Professional Development Program is designed to provide public administration students with an opportunity to build a professional relationship with alumni from the EMU MPA program. In addition to gaining career advice from their mentors, students have the opportunity to job shadow and attend professional meetings, conferences, or workshops with their mentors.

Read the program overview, timeline, and benefits of becoming a mentor.

To become a mentor, please complete the mentor interest form.

To become a student mentee, please complete the student interest form.

MPA Advisory Board

The Board includes a diverse group of professionals in the field, several of whom are program alumni, who represent the areas of concentration in the program. The purposes of the Advisory Board are to provide guidance and recommendations to program faculty and the department on a) recruiting and retaining students; b) identifying new or changing curriculum needs to respond to workforce demands; c) changing mission of the program, if any; and d) fundraising to support special programmatic needs.

Advisory Board Members

  • Nickie Bateson, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, Great Lakes Water Authority
  • Steve Brummer, Labor Relations Representative, University of Michigan
  • John Buzuvis, Economic Development Director, City of Plymouth
  • Kennedi Blair Cummings, Boards and Commission Office Manager, City of Ann Arbor
  • Patricia Denig, Director of Human Resources, Pittsfield Charter Township
  • Aaron Desentz, City Manager, City of Mt. Pleasant
  • Alison Foreman, CEO, Mobile Meals of Toledo
  • Amy Malmer, Membership Manager, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
  • Joseph Ohren, Professor Emeritus, EMU MPA Program and Department of Political Science
  • Laura Schultz Pipis, Associate Director, United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties
  • Caitlin Walton, Business Manager, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

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