Michelle Reames

Graduate Academic Advisor - Senior
Primary office:
BEST 277
KU Edwards Campus
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213

Michelle Welch is the Edwards Graduate Advisor for the School’s MPA program. She also advises for three other departments within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. In addition to advising graduate students, Michelle plays an integral role in recruitment and outreach for the College and School at the Edwards campus.

Before coming to KU, Michelle was in Chicago, IL at Northwestern University School of Law in Alumni Relations where she worked closely with alumni, students, and faculty for their Alumni Clubs, Reunion and Alumni programming. She previously worked for the American Cancer Society as an Income Development Representative, in which she managed their event profile consisting of youth and community based Relay For Life events. Her time in this position prepared her especially well for coordination of community outreach, marketing, recruiting, fundraising, and event planning, all of which are a part of her current KU role. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Sociology.

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Ranked in the top 10 master of public affairs programs in the nation
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 in the nation for city management and urban policy

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#5 in the nation for public management

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Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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