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Meet our New Director

September 28 Wednesday 10:26 AM

The Martin School has a new captain at the helm! He is no stranger, though-- Dr. Zimmer received his doctorate degree from the Martin School! In his time away from Kentucky, Dr. Zimmer has served as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University and worked for the RAND Corporation. His publications and media mentions are many. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Zimmer's work focuses on education policy, particularly school choice and school finance. We are so pleased to have Dr. ZImmer and his family with us!

Dr. ZImmer was featured in a "UK at the Half" segment, which is aired at halftime during the radio broadcasts of UK football and basketball games. If you missed it this past Saturday, never fear! UK PR has provided us with the recording, which you can listen to below. In the clip, Dr. ZImmer talks about our program's culture. As an alumnus and now our Director, he has a unique perspective. "From my experience here being a student, it's just such a special place," he says, describing the close-knit community that graduates continue to be a part of after they leave. The faculty continue to be a source of support and encouragement, even after alumni have moved on to new places and jobs. 

Undergraduates may have the opportunity in the future to partake in all the Martin School can offer... Dr. Zimmer plans to pursue an undergraduate offering in the future!


Congratulations to MPA Alum on Deputy State Budget & Policy Director Appointment!

September 22 Thursday 10:16 AM

Andrew McNeill, a Martin School MPA graduate, previously served the Governor's Office as a Senior Advisor, and has extensive experience in state policy. In his new position in the Office of the State Budget Director, Andrew will work alongside his new colleagues to prepare the budget the Governor recommmends to the legislature, analyze economic conditions in Kentucky, and complete policy research. 

You can read more about his appointment in the press release from the Governor's Office.

Where Do Our Grads Work?

September 16 Friday 01:53 PM

The results are in! The MPA/MPP class of 2016 is off to new things. All 27 of our newest graduates have found jobs or are continuing to pursue their education. A quarter are working in government, another quarter are working internationally in government or quasi-governmental organizations. The most popular level of domestic government was state government, although a couple of folks are also working at the local level and one graduate is working at the federal level. Students also chose to pursuing furthering their education and careers in nonprofits. One graduate is serving in the military, and three are working in the private sector.

We look forward to hearing about your accomplishments, class of 2016!

Martin School Professor Named Co-PI for New Data Center

September 9 Friday 09:19 AM

Dr. Toma has been named a co-principal investigator for the new Kentucky Research Data Center, which will open in Spring 2017 through the Gatton School. The KRDC is a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau, UK, and several other public institutions in the region, including the University of Louisville and Indiana University.

What does this mean for our community? VP of Research, Lisa Cassis, puts it well in the press release, "This center will enable researchers at UK and in surrounding regions to have an immense economic, social and health-related impact by providing restricted access to data through a partnership with the Bureau of the Census." Having a federal data center here on campus will enable interdisciplinary research across institutions in a big way. We can't wait for the center to be up and running!

Welcome, New Students!

September 8 Thursday 11:47 AM

This fall, we welcome a new group of students from all over the world, both to the University of Kentucky campus and virtually. The newest members of the Martin School community come from a variety of backgrounds and are filled with passion. We look forward to working with them, both in and out of the classroom.

New MPA and MPP students had their first opportunity to interact with each other at an ice cream social hosted by the student organization, Res Publica, the evening prior to orientation. At orientation, students from the Ph.D., MPA, MPP, dual degree, and international programs heard from faculty and staff, signed up for classes, and had a chance to connect with alumni and current students.

Dr. Toma, Sarah, and a group of new master's students braved the wet weather the day after orientation to enjoy Asbury's low-ropes course. Luckily, only a few walked away with itchy bug bites! 


However, the fun won't end there. The new cohort of MPA/MPP students will attend a dinner hosted by a member of our Board of Visitors this weekend. Next weekend, all current students, faculty, staff, and their families will gather for a fall picnic! We can't wait to play lawn games and enjoy the cooler weather together.

Autumn is a great time of year here in Lexington, in large part because we have the opportunity to welcome new faces to our community. We are glad you're here!