We are proud of our alumni and the variety of jobs they hold. Below are statistics on recent graduate placement and a sample of placements of recent alumni.  

 Recent Graduate Placement Statistics


State, provincial, or regional government in US


City, County, or other local government in US 56%
Non-profit domestic-oriented 15%
Non-profit/NGOs internationally-oriented 3%
Private sector-not research/consulting 5%
Obtaining further education 5%

Recent Pre-Service Alumni Placements

Local Government

  • Town Manager, Town of Ayden                                      Map of alumni serving as town/city or county manager in NC
  • Planner I, Rowan Countyalumni map
  • City Manager, City of Hamlet
  • Planner, Town of Knightdale
  • Town Administrator, Town of Pineville
  • Town Planner, Town of Wilkesboro
  • Town Manager, Town of Valdese
  • Town Administrator, Town of Sawmills
  • Budget Analyst, Raleigh Municipal Government
  • CDBG Administrator and Economic Development Director, Layton City (Utah)
  • Planning Technician, City of Sanford
  • Communications Specialist, Town of Mooresville
  • Economic Development Director, Town of Garner
  • Administrative Officer II, City of Charlotte
  • Budget Analyst, Cabarrus County
  • Budget and Management Analyst, City of Hendersonville
  • Research and Budget Analyst/Management Assistant, Henderson County
  • Planner I, Town of Summerville (South Carolina)
  • Deputy Clerk of the Board, Guilford County
  • Planning and Community Development Director, Town of North Wilkesboro
  • Assistant to the City Manager, Town of Wilkesboro
  • Planner/GIS Specialist, City of Lenoir
  • Town Administrator, Town of Boiling Springs (South Carolina)
  • Town Administrator, Town of Wilson's Mills

Federal Government

  • Officer, U.S. Army (El Paso, Texas)
  • U.S. Probation Officer, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services (Portland, Maine)

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Executive Director of Nonprofit Leadership Development and Professional Coaching, Samaritan's Purse 
  • Manager, ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals) (New York City)
  • Workplace Policy Researcher, The National Partnership for Women & Families (Washington, D.C.)
  • Parent Educator, Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (Asheville)
  • Volunteer Education Analyst, State Employees’ Credit Union (Raleigh)

Colleges and Universities

  • Associate Directory, BB&T Leadership Center, Appalachian State University
  • Employment Development Specialist, University of Pittsburgh
  • Administrative/Research Assistant, Guilford College
  • Coordinator-Business & Industry Services, Catawba Valley Community College-Workforce Development Innovation Center

Private Business

  • Marketing Coordinator, Plasticard- Locktech International (Seattle, Washington)
  • Principal, Destination by Design Planning (Hickory/Lenoir)
  • Marketing Manager, Exacter, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Regional Contract Manager, AppSense (Raleigh)

Recent Post-MPA In-Service Alumni Placements

Local Government

  • Sergeant, Alexander County Sherriff’s Office
  • Fire Chief, Statesville Fire Department
  • Public Works and Utilities Director, City of Newton
  • Fire Captain, City of Winston-Salem
  • Budget and Management Analyst, City of Kannapolis
  • Assistant Fire Marshal, Winston-Salem Fire Department
  • Town Manager, Town of Dobson
  • Fire Captain, Statesville Fire Department
  • Town Administrator, Town of Stoneville
  • Deputy Director Property and Facilities Management, City of Winston-Salem
  • County Manager/ Finance Officer, Yadkin County
  • Chief Information Officer, Catawba County
  • General Service Director, Forsyth County
  • Fire Chief, Valdosta Fire Department (Georgia)

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Donor Services Officer, Winston-Salem Foundation
  • System of Care Coordinator, Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare (Dobson)
  • Early Childhood Services Coordinator, The Children's Resource Center (Hickory)

Colleges and Universities

  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Safety/Chief of Police, UNC-Asheville


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