April 29, 2013

Hamline Public Administration Education Day Declared in St. Paul

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As part of the celebration to mark 30 years of excellence in the field, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will declare Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Hamline University Public Administration Education Day. Hamline will hold a reception on that day from 6-8 p.m. in Hamline’s Anderson Center, Klas Commons, 774 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, Minnesota, 55104.

Hamline alumni, faculty, and students are dedicated public servants who make important decisions that influence all areas of the sector: public safety, transportation, education, utilities, food safety, public health and environmental control. 


“There is very little we do on a given day that isn’t affected by public servants,” Kris Norman-Major, director of the public administration programs in the Hamline School of Business, said. “I often tell my students they are superheroes and their super power is invisibility because they work daily to make communities better, but their work is rarely recognized by the public.”

Hamline School of Business faculty members are not only distinguished academics, they also have decades of hands-on experience as leaders in the public sector. That combination was one of the most impressive aspects of the program for alumna Mindy Manninen as she pursued her graduate degree while working in Hennepin County’s Community Offender Management Department.

“The professors all work or have worked in the field. They’ve been an integral part of the real work that happens day-to-day before coming to class and sharing their knowledge and experiences with the students,” Manninen said. “These professors really help the class through the trials and tribulations of working in the public sector. They understand all the issues that impact our work: transparency, the importance of being open, navigation of cultural changes, and the variety of changes taking place in public work.”

The online masters program is the latest initiative in Hamline’s long leadership in public administration. Whether its online, or the traditional masters or doctoral degrees, each program aims to provide the knowledge and tools needed to enhance the careers of managers of public employees, and administrators working to meet the fiduciary responsibilities of expending tax dollars.

Another key feature of the public administration programs is the emphasis on multi-sector solutions: private, public, and nonprofit.

“Not only do public servants need the skills and knowledge to work within the public sector, they need to be able to work across sectors as well,” Norman-Major said. “Our society isn’t one dimensional and neither are the public administration programs at Hamline.”

Norman-Major says Hamline's commitment to educate public servants is as strong as ever. She believes it's vital that Hamline students and alumni can continue to support communities by working within and across sectors to make citizens' lives better on a daily basis.

“As the first university in the State of Minnesota, Hamline has been an innovator in education throughout the decades, its master and doctorate in public administration degree programs demonstrate its commitment to educating the citizens of the state,” Hamline School of Business Dean Anne McCarthy said.

This milestone in public administration education will be celebrated with a reception on Tuesday, April 30 in Hamline’s Anderson Center, Klas Commons, from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature remarks from Kris Norman-Major, Anne McCarthy, dean of the School of Business, and Hamline President Linda N. Hanson. If you can't attend in person, you can tweet your congratulations to @HamlineBusiness using #PA30th.

Hear more about the public administration programs at Hamline from our distinguished alumnus, Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom.