ST. PAUL, Minn. (January 25, 2011) – Hamline University School of Business is proud to announce the launch of its new Center for Public Administration and Leadership on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Ballroom, located at 5418 Wayzata Boulevard in Golden Valley.
Building on the dynamic and innovative graduate and doctoral programs of the Hamline School of Business, the Center for Public Administration and Leadership will support and strengthen the practice of public service by providing opportunities for professional development, continuing education, and public discussion of the field’s key issues. The center will offer a regular menu of seminars, certificate programs, alumni events, and other activities that will allow state and local leaders to enhance their skills, network with one another, and work to improve public administration within the region.
“We have offered relevant, practical graduate degrees aimed at professionals in the government sectors for more than 25 years. With the establishment of the Center for Public Administration and Leadership, we will bring the expertise of our faculty and our alumni to a larger audience of practitioners,” said Dr. Nancy Hellerud, interim dean of the Hamline School of Business. “We look forward to the expanded contributions we can make to public service in Minnesota and our neighboring states.”
The new center is part of the Hamline School of Business Department of Public Administration, which offers master and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates in corrections administration, economic development, labor relations, public safety administration, and public works.
“We look forward to strengthening our connections with the nearly 800 graduates of our Public Administration program,” said Professor Bill Joynes, director of the Center for Public Administration and Leadership. “We have a practitioner-focused curriculum that highly values the dialogue between students and working professionals.”
The February 8 launch celebration will feature Peter Bell, former chair of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council, who will speak on “The Future of Regional Government: Reflections of a Public Service Leader.” The event will commence with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by Bell’s presentation at 6:30 p.m.
“We are excited for the work the Center will do in supporting and strengthening the practice of public service in the region,” said Dr. Kris Norman-Major, chair of the Department of Public Administration. “We are particularly pleased that our inaugural event will include the reflections of Peter Bell who understands what it means to be a public sector leader in challenging times that require new ways of looking at how the government does business.”
Hamline University attracts a diverse group of 4,900 undergraduate and graduate students who develop their passions working alongside professors invested in their success. Challenged to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, students develop an ethic of inclusive leadership and service, civic responsibility, and social justice. Hamline students are transformed in and out of the classroom to discover truths that shape the way they see and are able to change the world.
Hamline University is the top-ranked university in Minnesota in its class according to U.S.News & World Report, and the only Minnesota school in its class to be considered a“best value.” Founded in 1854, Hamline is also Minnesota’s first university, and among the first co-educational institutions in the nation.