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What Our Students Say

Public administration students find both the experience of earning their academic degrees and the results of those credentials to be highly rewarding. Here is what they tell us:

“It’s not anything like you think it is.”

- Michael MacDonald, Manager, Mount Desert, ME

“The program taught me to think at a different level. . . . It’s helping me now to deal with situations and has opened up possibilities for me that I would not have had otherwise.”

- Chris Montagna, Forensic Chemist, Maine State Police Crime Lab

“The MPA program offers a wealth of educational opportunity for Maine State Government employees. I’ve enjoyed the convenience of evening class offerings in Augusta. The faculty are down-to-earth and intellectually well-versed.”

- David Leach, Maine State Govt

“Public administration allows students to think freely and express opinions in a comfortable atmosphere.”

- Shirar Wilder, UMaine Resident Director

“The professor-student relationships are unmatchable!”

- James Leger, UMaine Hockey Player

“For me, the mix of students with their varied backgrounds and cultures is part of the uniqueness of the program.”

- Ken Sweeney, Maine Dept. of Transportation

“The MPA’s Augusta program has enabled me to upgrade my skills as an administrator in a nonprofit agency. This would have been extremely difficult without the Augusta outreach.”

- John Markoe, Goodwill-Hinkle

“One of the parts of the MPA program that continues to surprise me is the number of MPA grads in key spots around the State. It’s a real benefit . . . having that common experience with those people.”

- Richard Michaud, Manager, Saco, ME

“The MPA program really turned my life around. I went from sweeping floors to sweeping generalizations about public policy. I learned interesting and practical things about public policy, . . loved the interplay among professors and students, and . . . made friends across the Maine professional community.”

- Peter Nielsen, Manager, Wilton, ME

Department of Public Administration
5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Room 209
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1973 | Fax: (207) 581-1930
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469