VILLANOVA, Pa. – This June, the Villanova University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program hosted a delegation of Lithuanian municipal managers and reservists in the country's armed forces to provide an overview of Villanova and the MPA program and discuss how the groups may work together in the future.
"Many fruitful exchanges took place during the meeting, including the possibility of having Lithuanian nonprofit and public sector institutions serve as project sites for Villanova MPA courses," says MPA Program Director Catherine Wilson, PhD. "Given the importance of the field of public administration globally, this visit will serve as an important milestone in the Villanova MPA program's continued interest and development of international outreach."
The Villanova MPA program was contacted by Krista Bard, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in Philadelphia, to meet with the Lithuanian contingent during their visit to Pennsylvania. The group was celebrating the 25th anniversary of a partnership established between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania National Guard, members of which also attended the gathering.
The Lithuanian group was led by Colonel Arturas Jasinskas, Commander of the National Defense Forces in Lithuania. To kick off the day, Christine Palus, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences delivered a short presentation about Villanova in general, and Dr. Wilson provided an overview of the Villanova MPA program. The delegation was then introduced to Larry Comunale and Aaron Bibro '07 MPA, two part-time faculty teaching in the Villanova MPA program. Comunale, former manager of Lower Gwynedd Township, and Bibro, current manager of Hatfield Township, spoke to the delegation about local government in the U.S. and Pennsylvania. Colonel Kenneth De Treux '18 MPA, Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia Consortium NROTC, then discussed the intersection between his military career and the field of public administration. The gathering concluded with lunch and a tour of campus, led by Bridget Boston '12 CLAS, '15 MPA, Associate Director of the MPA program.