Jan Perkins, 1975 MPA-KU, is the former city manager of Fremont and Morgan Hill, CA, and began her career in Michigan. Jan is now Senior Partner with Management Partners, and is an ICMA Liaison, serving on the board of Women Leading Government.
Jan has been a supporter of the School of a number of years and we asked her why. Here’s her reply:
“The KU program inspired me from the start. I met giants in our profession such as LP Cookingham, Buford Watson and Bob Kipp while I was in the program, which only reinforced my commitment to becoming a city manager. I started college during the era of the Vietnam War, which influenced my resolve to focus on making the world a better place. I decided that being a city manager was a way I could make a difference.
KU fosters the best in our future leaders. We need women and men with the right values, who desire to do the right thing in challenging times. The KU program teaches the full range of perspectives and skills needed for today’s and tomorrow’s local governments. I would like to give special recognition to the program’s commitment to the Inspiring Women in Public Administration annual conference, which is another great way the program encourages women in their professional careers and inspires them to aim for the top. Our communities need a diversity of people serving in leadership roles, and the KU MPA program has long recognized that.
As a recipient of the Mary Morrell Litchfield scholarship, I know first-hand how helpful it is to have some financial support in graduate school. I had worked full time through college and the scholarship meant I could focus exclusively on my studies in the MPA program. I created the Clara Schneider Perkins scholarship to help future students in the way I had been helped.
I would encourage everyone who cares about the future of our local governments and who values what an MPA from KU represents, to give a donation. It matters for our collective future."