News and Events


ICMA Spring Event

All students, alumni, faculty and friends are encouraged to attend the ICMA Spring panel discussion on Thursday April 10th 7:15-9:00pm Bartley 3010. This year's discussion is entitled "Interlocal Cooperation to Deliver Municipal Services" .  RSVP is requested. 

Fourteenth Annual MPA Dinner

Save the date for the upcoming MPA Dinner.  This year's dinner will take place on Saturday April 26th.  The dinner will be held in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center beginning with appetizers and cocktails served at 6pm and dinner at 7pm.

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony

This year’s induction ceremony will be held in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall on Thursday May 15th. The ceremony will begin at 5pm with a reception to follow at Guillane’s in Ardmore

Pi Alpha Alpha Spring Networking Event

All students, alumni, faculty and friends are encouraged to attend the PAA Spring Networking Event on Thursday March 20th 7:00-9:30pm in Bartley 1011

First Annual MPA Game-Watch

The MPA Program will host a Villanova Basketball game-watch party. Help us cheer on the Wildcats as they take on St. Johns on Saturday February 22 at Gulliffty’s. Tip-off is at 1:30pm. 


ICMA Student Chapter Fall Event

Thursday November 7th in Bartley Hall room 1010.  The event will begin at 7 pm.  This year’s panel discussion is titled “Developing a Communication Plan: Social Networking, Websites and Emergencies”. More detailed information is TBA  

MPA Happy Hour in Washington DC

There will be a happy hour for MPA students and alumni who live in the DC area on Friday October 11th. The happy hour will take place at the Foggy Bottom Brew Pub located inside the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in downtown DC.  All are welcome to attend!  

MPA Annual Tailgate- Saturday October 5, 2013

Students, alumni, faculty and friends are invited to attend the annual MPA Tailgate on Saturday October 5 starting at 10:30am with a kickoff time of 1pm.  Villanova vs. William and Mary. 

Pi Alpha Alpha Fall Colloquium
September 19th, 7:30-9:00pm Bartley 1010

The Villanova Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha presents The Vocation to Public Service. This year’s event welcomes Villanova Alum Nick Palso, M.P.A, Ph.D. as the guest speaker. Nick currently serves as the Environmental Protection Specialist/Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony

This year's PAA Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday May 16th, 2013 at 5:30pm in Dundale Hall.

Annual MPA Dinner

Save the date for the upcoming MPA Dinner.  This year's dinner will take place on Saturday April 27th.  The dinner will be held in the Radnor St. David's Room beginning at 7pm with appetizers and cocktails served at 6pm in the President's Lounge.  The speaker will be Mr. Willie C. Taylor.  Mr. Taylor is the Director for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Philadelphia Regional Office.  The Philadelphia Regional Office services thirteen states – Virginianorth to Maine – and the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. He provides managerial oversight for the agency’s financial resources, programs and staff.   The current investment portfolio of the Philadelphia Regional Office is nearly one-quarter billion dollars. Mr. Taylor rejoined the EDA family in April 2008.  Prior to his return to EDA, Mr. Taylor was employed by the Escambia County (FL) Board of County Commissioners in 2006 as the Assistant County Administrator for Community Services and Public Services agencies.  He managed an annual budget in excess of $140 million and provided oversight for 1,100 employees covering eighteen departments, including the Public Safety, Fire Rescue, Purchasing Solid Waste Management and Community Corrections just to highlight a few.  In addition to working in Escambia County, Mr. Taylor’s local government experience includes nearly six years of employment with Miami-Dade County (FL) Government.  In his tenure with Miami-Dade County, he held various administrative and professional positions within the Planning Department, the Housing Agency, the Solid Waste Management Department and the Office of Community and Economic Development.  Mr. Taylor obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Florida A & M University.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University.   

ICMA Spring Event

Save the date for the upcoming panel discussion hosted by Villanova University's ICMA student chapter. This year's discussion is titled "Municipal Pensions: Reform and Funding Options", and will feature a panel which includes local municipal managers and experts in the areas of municipal finance. The event will take place on Thursday April 18th @ 7pm in Bartley Hall Room 1001. 

Online MPA "Coffee Talk"

The MPA Director, Dr. Palus, and Assistant Director, Stephanie Nissen, will host a "coffee talk" for students enrolled in the online MPA Program on Tuesday April 16th from 11am - 1pm EST.  All online students are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the opportunity to discuss their experience as an MPA student, get to know their fellow students, and ask any questions they might have. A link to the session will be provided to students via email and on their class LMS site.

Undergraduate Open House

Current Villanova Undergraduate students are invited to attend an open house hosted by the Department of Public Administration.  The open house will provide undergraduate students to learn about the new courses that will run in the Fall of 2013 and are currently open for registration. The event will take place on Tuesday April 16th from 2-4 pm in the St. Augustine Center Room 484. 

PAA Spring Networking Event

Save the date for the upcoming PAA Spring Networking Event on Thursday March 14th @ 7:30pm in Bartley Hall Room 1001.


MPA Blog is LIVE

The new MPA blog: Leaders' Lounge is live and open to all members of the MPA community.  The blog contains important information about upcoming dates and deadlines, job opportunities, and features faculty bios, student profiles and blog submissions written by MPA faculty and staff. Click here to view the blog.

December 13, 2012

MPA Holiday Happy Hour Please join us at Gulliftys Restaurant on Lancaster Ave. on Thursday Dec. 13 @ 7:30pm for an MPA Happy Hour.  Spend the evening with fellow students, alumni, and professors.  All are welcome. We hope to see you there!!!

October 11, 2012

Pi Alpha Alpha presents: The Vocation to Public Service featuring guest speaker Pedro A. Ramos, Esq. Chairman, School Reform Commission School District of Philadelphia. 

September 30, 2012

5th Annual MPA Golf Outing! Join us for a day of fun and friendly competition. Friends and family encouraged to attend. Registration and event details can be found here.  We hope to see you there!!

June 11, 2012

Graduate Studies joins the faculty of the Master of Public Administration program in announcing the launch of a new online MPA degree. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Prospective students can choose between the campus-based program or the online program which offers 100% online learning. Classes in the online program are led live by instructors and virtual classes are enhanced through two-way online voice communication. Graduate Arts and Sciences partners with University Alliance to offer this program. Those interested can learn more by visiting the MPA Online Degree Website.

May 17, 2012

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony

May 5, 2012

MPA Annual Dinner

March 15, 2012

Pi Alpha Alpha Networking and Career Forum, 7PM, Bartley 2001

March 13, 2012

Graduate Open House; 3:30-7:00PM

January 26, 2012

Career Workshop: "From Awkward to Awesome: How to Build Professional Relationships"; Garey Hall, Room 117; 4:00pm to 6:00pm


December 1, 2011

ICMA Student Chapter Sponsored Panel Discussion: “Open Space Preservation and Sustainable Community Development”
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Bartley 1011

September 15, 2011

Pi Alpha Alpha Colloquium: The Vocation to Public Service
7pm, SAC 200

August 19, 2011

New Student Orientation
Bartley 2046

May 12, 2011

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction

April 30, 2011

Annual MPA Dinner, Guest Speaker: MaryAnn E. Tierney, FEMA Region III Director

April 13, 2011

* Careers_in_Local_Government.pdf
Careers in Local Government Sponsored by the ICMA Student Chapter & the MPA Program

March 24, 2011

* FindingyourVocationinPublicService.pdf
"Finding your Vocation in Public Service" - A networking and career event sponsored by Villanova's chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha Thursday March, 24th @ 7:00pm (Panelist discussion will begin at 7:30pm) Bartley Hall- Room #3001

March 8, 2011

Graduate Open House


December 14, 2010

* 121410_MPANewsletter.pdf
MPA Program releases its annual newsletter.

November 18, 2010

* MunicipalBudgets.doc
Municipal Budgets in the Wake of the Great Recession<br> Sponsored by: Villanova's ICMA Student Chapter and MPA Program<br> 7:00PM-9:00PM<br> Bartley 1010

October 19, 2010

Graduate Open House

September 16, 2010

* TheVocationPublicService.pdf
Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration Colloquium: <br>The Vocation to Public Service<br> Guest Speaker: Commissioner Frances Burns, MPA '99 City of Philadelphia Licenses and Inspection

August 29, 2010

* 2010GolfOutingInvite.doc
Third Annual MPA Golf Outing

August 20, 2010

New Student Orientation

August 2010

The MPA Program welcomes new faculty member, Lauren Miltenberger, Ph.D.

Lauren Miltenberger, Ph.D. joins Villanova University after completing her doctoral work at the University of Delaware. At the University of Delaware, Lauren was involved as a core faculty member in the design and implementation of a new undergraduate public policy program. Lauren's research experience includes being a co-leader of a mixed method study investigating the relationship between nonprofit social service providers and the state of Delaware. The Urban Institute is currently using this study as a model for a new national project on the nonprofit-government relationship. Prior to attending the University of Delaware, Lauren held executive nonprofit management positions and worked for a public policy research institute at Rutgers University. Her primary research interests include nonprofit management, governance and leadership issues and the intersection between nonprofits and government in the modern welfare state. She teaches Financial Management, Public Personnel Management, and Decision-Making in the MPA Program.

April, 2010

Villanova Partnership Invests in Future

A new video created by Graduate Assistants Ana Henandez (MPA 2011) and Elysia House highlights the impact of Villanova's partnership with School of the Future (SOF). For anyone not familiar with the West Philadelphia high school, developed by the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft, the video provides a firsthand look at the technology-based education model and effect on students, teachers and volunteers. They hope that the best practices of SOF will influence schools around the world to better prepare students for an increasing digital world and global economy.

April, 2010

We are delighted to announce the formation of a chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for Public Administration and Affairs, for the MPA Program. We will hold our induction ceremony and reception on May 13, 2010 at the Villanova Conference Center.

March 9, 2010

Graduate Open House

March 1, 2010

Congratulations to MPA student, Christopher Campbell. Chris was selected as a finalist for the ICMA Local Government Management Fellowship.

February 24, 2010

Congratulations to MPA student, Catherine Schneider. Catherine was selected as a 2010 Founders' Forum Fellow by the American Society of Public Administration. Each year, Founders' Forum Fellowships are awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students studying in a field relevant to public administration. Fourteen students were selected for fellowships this year.


December 12, 2009

Tenth Annual MPA Dinner and Accreditation Celebration

December 1, 2009

* 120109_MPANews.pdf
MPA Program releases its annual newsletter

November 19, 2009

"The Intership/Job Search: Resources and Strategies"
Speaker: Jennifer Mullen, Assistant Director for Student Services from the Villanova Career Center
4:00PM-5:15PM; Corr Hall, Rm. 103

October 20, 2009

Graduate Open House

* MPAGraduateOpenHousePresentation.pdf
Click here to see a presentation by MPA Director, Dr. Palus, about Opportunities and Trends in Public Sector Careers.

September 20, 2009

Second Annual MPA Golf Outing

August 25, 2009

The Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities (PLCM) partnered with Villanova's College of Engineering and the MPA program to offer a number of workshops on topics including: Pennsylvania?s Open Records Law, Hiring and Promotion, Veterans Preference and Military Issues, and Harassment in the Workplace. The workshops were recorded in a distance learning classroom in the Center for Engineering Education and Research in order to be be made available over the web to municipal officials throughout Pennsylvania.

August 1, 2009

MPA Program receives first-time accreditation

May 2, 2009

MPA Ninth Annual Dinner


November 11, 2008

* nonprofitflyer.pdf
MPA Lecture Series in Public Leadership

September 1, 2008

* Fall_2008.pdf
MPA Program releases its annual newsletter

August 3, 2008

First Annual MPA Golf Outing

May 3, 2008

MPA Eighth Annual Dinner


MPA Newsletters

The MPA Program publishes an annual newsletter highlighting the accomplishments of our students, alumni, and faculty.   You are welcome to read all of these recent publications to learn more about the program and its community of public administrators.

MPA Event Flyers