Dr. Craig S Maher, Director, School of Public Administration
Hello and welcome to our School of Public Administration! I encourage you to stop by and say hello to our many new faces. In Emergency Management and Disaster Sciences, we recently hired Drs. Thomas Jamieson, Samantha Montano and Njoki Mwarumba. In Public Administration, Drs. Trang Hoang (Public and Nonprofit Budgeting and Finance), Nuriel Hecker (Administrative Law and Administrative Leadership) joined our new Masters in Urban Studies Chair, Dr. Daniel Scheller. We have also added Ciera Mosley as advisor to students in the Urban Studies and program support for our PhD program, and Dr. James Harrold was promoted from adjunct to lecturer.
Last year also marked some important program successes. Not only does the MPA have its highest rankings: 25th overall, 4th in Budget and Finance, 8th in local government, and 11th in nonprofit management, but the MPA Program was reaccredited for the next seven years; the accrediting body noted that our program is “… in substantial conformity” with accreditation requirements and that our program “… demonstrated a substantial commitment to quality public service.” We also had a school-wide review and the outcome was similarly positive. Reviewers noted that our staff are “exceptionally qualified, committed and dedicated”, students are well qualified and faculty are “… recognized by their appropriate profession’s most prestigious awards.”
We have something special here at UNO and I am delighted to be part of such an exceptional team.