Free Municipal Forum for Public Administrators Sponsored by Two Area Colleges


The forum will feature two panel presentations with special panel guests including municipal leaders, practitioners, and scholars. ( See attached list of panelist.) The first panel will discuss key issues to consider about financial administration and municipal management. The second panel of presenters will address performance and accountability management and strategies for demonstrating leadership and effective planning to meet performance goals.

“Today's public managers need more than technical skills,” said Douglas Snow, chairperson and associate professor of the Public Management Department at Suffolk University Business School, the Sawyer Business School. “They need to be able to lead people within their organization, create partnerships outside the organization, and solve problems by engaging citizens and their communities in decision-making. Suffolk University's Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) is a pragmatic program – we provide students with the technical skills and management knowledge needed to succeed.”

The 15 to 17 course MPA curriculum can be completed full-time within 18 months or part-time within four years. The curriculum balances analytical and theoretical training with real-world cases and practice-based projects. Classes are conveniently offered on Saturdays in North Andover at Merrimack College and in the afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays at Suffolk's main campus in Boston and in West Barnstable at Cape Cod Community College.

The Suffolk MPA program is one of only five MPA programs in New England to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and

Administration (NASPAA). Suffolk MPA alumni hold senior leadership positions within

the health care industry, and highly visible positions in government as city managers, budget directors, state legislators, members of Congress, and as executive directors of nonprofit organizations.

In addition to the MPA program, Suffolk also offers a Master in Business Administration (MBA) accredited by AACSB International to residents in the Merrimack Valley. Typically, students earn their degree in three years by attending classes in the evening or on Saturdays at Merrimack College. Suffolk has been offering the MBA and MPA programs in North Andover for the past seven years. “ Suffolk University Business School, the Sawyer Business School, serves over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and maintains an active alumni association of over 19,000 across the globe,” said C. Richard Torrisi, dean of Graduate Program and associate dean for Suffolk University's Business School, Sawyer Business School.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, and extension sites in Andover, Methuen and North Andover, Northern Essex Community College is a state-assisted college, offering over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth. Close to 11,000 students ranging from recent high school graduates to workers employed locally attended classes days, evenings and weekends. Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.

The forum represents the first collaborative municipal event sponsored jointly by Suffolk University's Graduate Programs in North Andover and Northern Essex Community College. To attend, contact Heather Hewitt, Suffolk University at 978-837-5143 or or Donna Holloran, Northern Essex Community College, at 978-556-3921 or dholloran@necc.mass-edu .

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