At the annual meeting of the University of Tennessee's Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) Program's Board of Advisors, Athens City Manager C. Seth Sumner was elected to the Board's Vice Chair position by unanimous vote of the membership. Sumner has served as a member of the Board of Advisors since its inception in 2015 and has been an annual guest lecturer to the program since 2012. Last year, Sumner was named one of five inaugural Fellows in Professional Practice in recognition of his skill, commitment, and professionalism while in public service.
The MPPA Board of Advisors acts in coordination with the Baker Center staff to make constant improvements in the program curriculum. The Board is a vital segment assisting staff in their work toward accreditation of the program, placement of graduate students as interns and post-degree, and has aided in awarding over $115,000 in scholarships over the past three and a half years.
The Master of Public Policy and Administration Program's mission is to prepare individuals to assume responsible positions in the public service through a program of study that integrates the theory and practice of public administration and public policy analysis. The program aspires to produce graduates who are literate in the field of public administration, have the skills to be effective managers of organizational resources, and possess the analytical abilities to be creative problem solvers in an increasingly diverse and dynamic environment.
Sumner states, "I am honored by the faith that my fellow Board members have placed in me, and excited to see the impact that our work has on the students. We are seeking to build the strongest Policy and Administration program in Tennessee to prepare the next generation to lead our governmental and non-profit agencies to new heights in effectiveness and efficiency. Continuing to serve the University in this manner is a great way to give back to my alma mater and community."