Each spring semester students, faculty, alumni and alumnae are invited to attend the MPA Dinner. Our first annual MPA Dinner was held in Spring 2001. The dinner is a chance to honor the students graduating that academic year as well to welcome back our alumni and alumnae for a visit. A special feature of the event is to hear a talk from a public sector leader who has a distinguished record of service.
The list of previous speakers include:
2018: Adam Thiel
Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
2017: Susan Campbell
Executive Director of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
2016: Maureen Byrnes
Lead Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and Senior Policy Advisor to PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2015: Elisa Basnight
Director, Center for Women Veterans (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)
2014: Bonnie Svrcek
Deputy City Manager of Lynchburg, VA and ICMA Past President
2013: Willie C. Taylor
Director for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Philadelphia Regional Office
2012: Lester A. Salamon, Ph.D.
Professor at The Johns Hopkins University & Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.
2011: MaryAnn E. Tierney
Regional Administrator for the US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III office (Philadelphia, PA)
2010: Camille Cates Barnett, Ph.D.
Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia
2009: Arthur Haywood
Executive Vice President and Legal Counsel of Esperanza, one of the largest Hispanic Faith-Based networks in the country.
2008: Basil L. Merenda
Commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs; Villanova alumnus (Undergraduate & School of Law).
2007: Ms. Karen Kaskey
Executive Director of PennSERVE: The Governor's Office of Citizen Service; Villanova alumnus (School of Law).
2006: The Honorable Marwan Kreidie
Chair of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission; Executive Director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corporation.
2005: Mr. Robert Gest III
Air Force Colonel (retired); More than 43 years managerial experience with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Federal Executive Institute, and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
2004: Dr. John DeFlaminis
Executive Director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania; Retired Superintendent of the Radnor Public School System.
2003: The Honorable John Gartland
Director of Congressional Relations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Villanova alumnus (Undergraduate).
2002: Mr. Sam Katz
CEO of Greater Philadelphia First; Republican Mayoral Candidate in Philadelphia.
2001: The Honorable John T. Martino
Superintendent of the United States Mint in Philadelphia 1989-1993.