Maxwell supports local government at ICMA conference
faculty and alumni participation at the International City/County Management
Association (ICMA) conference in early October highlights the Maxwell School's continued
and strengthened focus on training for and collaborating with state and local
no better proof of Maxwell's commitment to local government than the public
service impact Maxwell grads we met at the ICMA conference are having in
serving communities all around the nation," said Dean David M. Van Slyke.
Van Slyke presented research done at the Maxwell School on drone research in
local governments with Tina Nabatchi, professor of public administration
and international affairs, and Jamie Winders, professor of geography and
director of Syracuse University's Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, at the
mission—training people to serve in key management and leadership positions
in local governments—aligns with Maxwell's longstanding commitment to enhance
public service delivery, strengthen communities and improve citizens' lives.
That support is sustained through research, collaboration, outreach and
executive education through several of Maxwell's leading institutes and
in local and state government training at Maxwell is on the rise. Up to 20% of
Maxwell's Master of Public Administration cohort over the past 12 years have
enrolled in the three primary courses focusing on state and local government.
Roughly the same percentage of Online EMPA students are currently employed by
state and local governments or express interest in working in the state and
local government sector.
students have run an ICMA student chapter since 2012. Several members of the
student chapter attended the conference, and two recent graduates presented
their M.P.A. capstone project this year, said Daniel Nelson, who is directing
Maxwell’s State and Local Initiative.
students to the ICMA conference is another way Maxwell encourages and prepares
students for careers in local government," said Minch Lewis, instructor of
metropolitan governance and Maxwell ICMA student chapter adviser. "Financial
support, internships, and mentoring from Maxwell alums provides the
scholarships and support to make it possible for students to benefit from the ICMA
Bobkiewicz '89 M.P.A., city administrator of Issaquah, Washington, and a
longtime Maxwell supporter, demonstrates the significant contribution alums
make to support each other and the next generation of local government
leaders. Jeff Towery '85 M.P.A., city manager of McMinnville, Oregon,
attended all the Maxwell gatherings and will serve as ICMA president 2022-23.
Towery was city manager in Auburn, New York, in the 1990s.
who served three terms as Syracuse's auditor, appreciated the professional
camaraderie of the conference. "Over 2,000 professionals could share
common experiences," he said. "Even with the Maxwell network, we are
part of a much larger society serving communities across the county and around
the world. The ICMA conference was inspirational."
expects to expand engagement with ICMA at the organization's 2022 conference,
scheduled for Sept. 18-21 in Columbus, Ohio.
next year's ICMA president is a Maxwell grad is just another indication of Maxwell's
impact and commitment to public service education and providing the tools to
strengthen leadership in local government," Van Slyke said.