Villanova University Unitas ICMA Student Chapter


Founded in 1914, International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the premier local government leadership and management organization. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by advocating and developing the professional management of local government worldwide. In addition to supporting its nearly 9,000 members, ICMA provides publications, data, information, technical assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county experts and other individuals throughout the world.

In April 2010,  ICMA selected Villanova’s MPA program to host a student chapter as part of a pilot program.  Villanova established the chapter in Summer 2010 and organized two events during the academic year 2010-2011.

In May 2011, Villanova completed an ICMA Student Chapter Agreement with ICMA to establish the “Villanova University Unitas Student Chapter.”  Professor Fran Burns, MPA faculty member, serves as the Chapter Advisor. Mr. Bruce Clark, Township Manager of Middletown Township, PA serves as the Chapter Mentor.

Undergraduates and graduate students may join ICMA by becoming members of Villanova’s student chapter. Please view all the benefits of being a student member of ICMA.

In addition to the benefits provided by ICMA, Villanova’s chapter will sponsor several events each academic year in order to promote the local government management profession and help students pursue a career in that field. Villanova undergraduate and graduate students interested in joining Villanova’s Unitas ICMA Student Chapter should contact Professor Fran Burns at 

ICMA Chapter Membership 2017-2018

  • Frances Burns, Student Chapter Advisor
  • Nick Valla, Student Chapter President - SY17-SY18
  • Zayed Abdalla
  • Sidney Aiken
  • Maxwell Appiah
  • Kevin Carey
  • Paula Carrasco
  • Maureen Clerc
  • Rollin Deas
  • Brian Downer
  • Joel Ehlert
  • Larry Emmons
  • Earvin Faust
  • Joshua Goihl
  • Jeremy Griffin
  • Brian Havard
  • Jason Harper
  • Belinda Holguin
  • Lisa Howdyshell
  • Robert Hudak
  • Jennifer Keller
  • John Kobell
  • Jacqueline Mackley
  • Erica Malec
  • Courtney Morrissette
  • Quentin Phipps
  • Charisma Presley
  • Emily Rosenberg
  • Abasi Steele
  • Jennifer Tilden
  • Elise Turner
  • Nathan Vader Wyse
  • Tyler Walls
  • Lauren Webb
  • Steven Welsh
Citizens’ Leadership Academy

Previous Chapter Events 

Macros Meet Metros - How Innovation and Technology are Shaping Local Government: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The ICMA Chapter event featured a lively panel discussion followed by a welcoming recpetion. The panel was moderated by ICMA Chapter President and MPA student, Nick Valla. Prof. Fran Burns also welcome participants and panelists to the event. The panel featured:

  • Rosetta Carrington Lue: White House Exec Fellow and VA Senior Contact Center Advisor; Former City of Philadelphia Chief Customer Service Officer and Philly 311 Director
  • Michael Daniel: President and CEO, Cyber Threat Alliance
  • Jeff Friedman: Manager, Highland Consulting
  • Rick Mellor: Township Manager, Whitemarsh Township
  • Amanda Serock: Township Manager, Concord Township

Watch a recording of the event here!

Citizens’ Leadership Academy in Norristown, Villanova ICMA Chapter Event: November 2, 2017

On November 2, 2017, Villanova’s MPA program attended the final session of Norristown’s Citizens’ Leadership Academyan eight-week academy dedicated to educating residents of Norristown, PA about the role of local government and the important role that they play in it.

This event served as Villanova’s ICMA Chapter Fall Event and the reception was funded by the Wolek Family. The Citizens’ Leadership Academy was instituted five years ago by Crandall Jones, MPA, Municipal Manager of Norristown and part-time instructor in Villanova’s MPA program.

During the final session on November 2, residents presented ideas in teams to Norristown’s City Council members, Mr. Jones, and the Villanova MPA program regarding possible beautification, recreational programming, and public relations projects for their city.


ICMA Student Chapter Spring 2017 Event - Effective Management of an Environmental Crisis: Wednesday, March 16, 2017

The Villanova ICMA Chapter hosted a panel discussion, "Effective Management of an Environmental Crisis: How Interngovernmental Cooperation and Community Mobilization Resolved a Water Pollution Emergency" The panel featured Timothy Bergere, Special Environmental Counsel for Warrington and Warminster Municipal Authorities, Barry Luber, Township Manager of Warrington Township, Tim Hagey, General Manager of Warminster Municipal Authority, Tina O’Rourke, Business Manager of Horsham Water and Sewer Authority, Christian Jones, ICMA Student Chapter President and moderator. Watch the recored panel discussion here.


ICMA Student Chapter Spring 2016 Event - Why Choose a Career in Local Government: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Villanova ICMA Student Chapter hosted an engaging panel discussion on career paths in local government. The panel featured honorary guest, Gloria Wolek, and Villanova Master of Public Administration (MPA) alumni: Drew Sharkey, Sandra Brookley Zadell, and Christopher Hoffman. Moderated by ICMA Chapter President, Brandon Ford, the guided conversation explored the reasons why these individuals chose a career in local government as well as recommendations for those interested in serving in the field of local government. Watch the recorded panel discussion here! 


ICMA Spring 2015 Event - "Recruiting the Next Generation of Local Government Managers": April 30, 2015


ICMA Student Chapter Spring 2014 Event - "Interlocal Cooperation to Deliver Municipal Services": April 10, 2014

This year’s panel discussion, entitled “Interlocal Cooperation to Deliver Municipal Services” featured Ms. Stephanie Mason, Doylestown Township Manager, Ms. Amanda Ostrander-Serock, Swarthmore Borough Assistant Manager and Ms. Judy Lizza, Chadds Ford Township Manager. Watch the recorded panel here!


ICMA Student Chapter Fall 2013 Event - "Developing a Communication Plan: Social Networking, Websites and Emergencies": November 7, 2013

The 2013 panel discussion entitled, "Developing a Commuication Plan: Social Networkign, Websites and Emergencies" featured Mr. Paul Leonard, Township Manager, Upper Dublin Township, PA, Mr. Tom Gailey, President, Gailey-Murray Communications, and Mr. Larry Bak, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, Delaware County, PA. 


ICMA Student Chapter Spring 2013 Event -"Municipal Pensions: Reform and Funding Options" : April 18, 2013

This 2013 panel entitled, "Municipal Pensions: Reform and Funding Options" featured Mr. Doug Cleland, Township Manager, Lower Merion Township, Ms. Stephanie Teoli, Township Manager, Middletown Township, Mr. William Martin, Township Manager, Tredyffrin Township, and Mr. Charles Friedlander, Director, Actuarial Services, Municipal Partners, Inc.

ICMA Video: Life, Well Run.

Macros Meet Metros - Spring 2018 Chapter Event