What is City Management?
While the KU MPA program provides education for those seeking a variety of public service leadership roles, our full-time Intern-option program is focused on preparing students for positions as city and county managers.
The city or county manager is an official appointed as the administrative manager of the jurisdiction in a council-manager form of government. In this role s/he is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the locality and supervises all departments in carrying out the policies set by the elected officials.
The videos below feature interviews with respected city managers working in a variety of cities across the United States. The interviews were conducted, recorded, and edited by Matt Monedero, Justin Pregont, and Paul Lampe of the MPA intern-option class of 2011 during the 96th Annual ICMA conference in San Jose. Matt, Justin and Paul created and carried out this project with the goal of sharing information about careers in the field to encourage students and young professionals to consider this profession.
KU MPA INTERN-OPTION GRADUATE &
Position at time of video recording
Tansy Hayward (KU MPA 2003)
Assistant City Manager
Maria Lara (KU MPA 2003)
Assistant to the City Manager
Clay Pearson (KU MPA 1992)
As an example of where our graduates are employed, here is the information for MPA students who were in the School from Summer, 2013 through Spring, 2014:
- Total number of graduates: 36
- Federal government: 2
- State government: 11
- Local government: 17
- Nonprofit (domestic): 5
- Private sector (not research/consulting): 1
Note: These are the statistics for all of the MPA graduates; it is not divided between MPA intern-option and MPA career-option graduates.
Of the 39 students who were admitted and enrolled for the 2009-2010 academic year, 72% graduated by the end of their degree program length. (For the MPA Intern-Option students, that program length would be two years, and for MPA Career-Option students, the length is five years.) Within 150% (and 200%) of their degree program length, 77% of the students who were initially enrolled had graduated. This percentage rate should be viewed in perspective of the small number of students admitted and enrolled. Of the students who did not complete, some moved away, had personal obligations that took precedence, or found that the program was not a right fit for them.