School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Advisory Board and Accreditation

Master of Public Administration

How the Wright State MPA Stays Relevant to the Professional Field

Our M.P.A. program changes to meet the demands of the profession, the needs of students, and the requirements of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the highest academic accrediting body for public administration programs.

Advisory Board

Senior public service professionals, M.P.A. program alumni, and current M.P.A. students serve on the M.P.A. Advisory Board.  Members of the M.P.A. Advisory Board provide advice and recommendations on curriculum, program changes, student learning, and internships. The M.P.A. Advisory Board meets two times each academic year, with special meetings called to address critical issues or needs as warranted.

M.P.A. Advisory Board Members (2017–18)

  • Rob Anderson, City Manager, City of Fairborn
  • Benjamin Banning, President, MPA Alumni Society
  • Marissa Buckles
  • Steve Budd, President, Citywide Development Corporation
  • Paula Cosby, Executive Director, Clothes That Work
  • Jeffrey Hoagland, President and CEO, Dayton Development Coalition
  • Pete Landrum, City Manager, City of Beavercreek
  • Martin Kim, Director of Regional Planning, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Jesse Lightle, Township Administrator, Washington Township
  • Mark Schwieterman, City Manager, City of Kettering
  • Mary Tyler, MPA Student Representative, began program Fall 2016

Graduate Survey

Next, we keep the M.P.A. relevant by talking to you after graduation. We survey our graduates to follow your accomplishments and to ask you how well we prepared you for your profession. We also assess your learning through outcomes based measures.


Finally, the Wright State University M.P.A. program must meet the accreditation standards of NASPAA. We commit ourselves to five competencies. They are the ability to:

  • lead and manage public governance
  • participate in and contribute to the policy process
  • analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  • articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry