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.”  Dr. Craig M. Wheeland, 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 Dr. Wheeland at

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ICMA Chapter Events

  • 4/10/14: "Interlocal Cooperation to Deliver Municipal Services"
  • 11/7/2013: “Developing a Communication Plan: Social Networking, Websites and Emergencies”
  • 4/18/2013: "Municipal Pensions: Reform and Funding Options"
  • 4/12/2012: "Moody’s Credit Outlook for Pennsylvania Municipalities"
  • 12/1/2011: “Open Space Preservation and Sustainable Community Development”
  • 4/13/2011: "Careers in Local Government"
  • 11/18/2010: "Municipal Budgets in the Wake of the Great Recession"