ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 28, 2015) – A Maplewood woman has been selected a spring semester outstanding graduate student at Metropolitan State University.
Joy Thao was chosen outstanding graduate student in the university’s College of Management. She was one of 986 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate students receiving degrees at Metropolitan State’s 96th commencement on May 4 in Saint Paul.
Thao is an accounting manager for the city of Saint Paul and oversees 11 employees. Previously, she was a finance specialist for Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), where she earned two awards: one for her work on the state’s economic forecasts and another for revenue reporting improvements. She won a professional development scholarship from the Government Finance Officers Association—of which she is a member—for her graduate studies.
Thao’s M.B.A. degree from Metropolitan State had double concentrations in finance and management information systems. She previously graduated from Metropolitan State in 2009 with double majors in accounting and business.
With her husband, Thao administers the Hmong American Education Fund (HAEF), a nonprofit scholarship foundation that promotes higher education nationally in the Hmong community. HAEF has distributed 19 scholarships since 2013; many more are expected to be offered this year.
Thao is considering pursuing a doctorate of business administration degree.