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Join the Public Administration Alumni Society

The NC State Belltower on main campus. Photo by Marc Hall

The PA Alumni Society exists to convene and serve as an on-going professional association for graduates of the MPA program. To achieve our mission to advance and support public sector leaders, we seek to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the program, current students and alumni.

This year, we hosted Rebecca Ayers, manager of HR strategy for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and NC State Ph.D. in public administration alumna, at our annual fall luncheon. It was great to be back in person and learn lessons from an incredible thought leader. Ayers spoke about lessons learned during the pandemic for a public sector workforce.  We had a wonderful turnout, which stressed the importance of continual engagement with our alumni base.

We will also welcome a new leadership team in 2023. Alexis Addison will serve as president. Alexis is a senior analyst at CREO, Inc. and has served on the board for two years. Lindsey Davis will serve as vice-president. Lindsey is a senior budget and management analyst with the City of Raleigh. Diane Upshaw will continue to serve as treasurer. Diane is a state budget analyst for the State of North Carolina. Brent Hazelett will continue to serve as the scholarship chair. Brent is the CEO of Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

The PA Alumni Society hosts two events each year with a focus on networking, developing connections across public sectors and contribution to the MPA Alumni Society Scholarship Endowment. The PA Alumni Society continues to award two scholarships to outstanding students, one to an in-service student and one to a pre-service student. We greatly appreciate everyone who continues to make donations and especially appreciate those who have made a multi-year pledge toward a larger contribution goal. The continued support and investment in our students is a wonderful testament to the generosity of all of you.

Toy Beeninga
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If you have ideas about how to help the PA Alumni Society expand and enhance our work, we would love to support you in helping implement that idea.  We strive to be the most humble, yet impactful public administration program in North Carolina.  The board meets once a month (last Thursday at noon via Zoom) and we welcome you to get involved and stay connected.  Join us on LinkedIn (NC State Public Administration Alumni). Please reach out to me at if you would like to become more involved with the alumni society or have any questions.