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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!

Alumni in the News

September 7 Wednesday 03:34 PM

A couple of Martin School alumni have made it in to print in the last few weeks. Below are a few highlights!


Herald-Leader: Bevin's Medicaid proposal may give nonprofits unwanted 'volunteers'

In this frontpage story, Danielle Clore is featured as the voice of the nonprofit community as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. The article discusses a proposal from the Governor's office to add a volunteerism component to the state Medicaid program.


Herald-Leader: Don't cut Kentucky Medicaid, build on it

In this op-ed, Dustin Pugel, who is a research and policy associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, argues that Medicaid expansion in Kentucky has benefited recipients. 


Smiley Pete Publishing: Shake-up at Downtown Lexington Corporation

Renee Shepard has led the Downtown Lexington Corporation for ten years. In that time, the article states that "'DLC’s budget tripled, the Downtown Lexington Management District was established and DLC was recognized as a driving force behind the positive changes in downtown Lexington.'" She is leaving her position as the Executive Director to start a new consutling venture.