Not only is Miami Township’s new fire chief, Stephen Kelly (formerly captain of emergency medical services for West Chester Township) an outstanding choice for the position, he also recently received his master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. Although he doesn’t have experience as a chief, Kelly had all of the qualifications Trustees and Township Administrators were looking for. Thanks to his recent MPA, he was able to rise above 35 other applicants for the job.
“My MPA degree helped immensely in this process. I’m looking forward to using and applying what I’ve learned towards this job and the community of Miami Township. My new position is a testimonial to how my education through the MPA program at NKU has helped me in such a short amount of time.”
Despite the intensive interview and application process, Kelly was confident in his qualifications and experience.
“As far as personally and professionally, I’m a driven person – very motivated. I’ve been with West Chester for 17 years, so I’m very dedicated to the organization I work for,” Kelly said.
A NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration) accredited program, NKU’s master’s of Public Administration is an applied 39-semester-hour degree designed to prepare students for careers in public management. Students have to complete nine core courses and choose one area of concentration.
“NASPAA accreditation indicates that an MPA program meets certain benchmarks in terms of quality and value. We are honored that NKU’s program, once again, has received this mark of quality or stamp of approval because it is very important to prospective students, current students, alumni and employers,” said Dr. Julie Olberding, MPA Director. “NKU’s program is one of only six in the state of Kentucky to have achieved this status.”