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  • Becoming an Influence for Good Friday Sep 04 2020

    When she was three years old, Lillian Bradley was adopted from Ghana, a country then stricken with poverty. Her adoption by a family from Heber City, Utah opened doors of limitless possibilities for her future. Now as a second-year BYU Marriott MPA student, Bradley is intent on acquiring skills that enable her to help citizens of similarly impoverished countries find opportunities for success.  

  • Professor of Ethics Elected to Fellowship of Distinguished Business Scholars Friday Aug 14 2020

    Brad Agle, the George W. Romney Endowed Professor and Professor of Ethics and Leadership at the BYU Marriott School of Business, has been elected as a Fellow of the International Association for Business and Society (IABS). His election to this distinguished group comes as a result of years of dedication and contribution both inside the classroom and in the world of business scholars.

  • Mission Possible: EMPA Grad Oversees Mass Exodus of Missionaries Thursday Aug 06 2020

    While the COVID-19 pandemic introduced new challenges for almost everyone, few can say it drove them to sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor of their home office or work 120 hours a week. However, for BYU Marriott EMPA 2019 graduate Russell Harrington, who works as the missionary travel manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such a situation was both a reality and a necessity. 

  • The Power of a Poster Thursday Jul 30 2020

    As a student in his final year of BYU Marriott’s MAcc program, John Arnold frequently passed by a poster in the Tanner Building advertising the MPA program. Although he enjoyed accounting, he wasn’t sure it was the right fit for him, and the idea of a career in public administration was intriguing. One day Arnold made a decision that forever altered his career path: he entered the seventh-floor MPA and inquired about earning an MPA.

  • Rubik’s Snake Contest Brings Unity Amid Pandemic Monday Jul 27 2020

    The last thing BYU Marriott MPA student Kaylee Anderson expected when she opened up a package from the MPA program was a Rubik's snake. But as she read the instructions that accompanied the puzzle, she understood the purpose of it all: the MPA program was hosting its first ever Rubik’s snake contest. 

  • BYU Marriott Names New Associate Dean Bonnie Anderson Assumes Role 18 May Thursday May 14 2020

    BYU Marriott School of Business dean Brigitte C. Madrian has announced the appointment of Bonnie Anderson as the school’s newest associate dean. Anderson takes over for previous associate dean Keith Vorkink on 18 May.

  • People First, Place Second Wednesday Apr 29 2020

    When BYU Marriott MPA professor Rob Christensen hit a crossroad in his career, he took the path that led to a semester-long sabbatical in Europe. After spending three months in Milan and a month and a half in London during fall 2019, Christensen reflects back on his time abroad and is grateful for the research opportunities he was given and the networking experiences he had. 

  • A Love for Learning Leads to China Wednesday Apr 08 2020

    BYU Marriott EMPA alumna Janine Wood Green loves to learn. In fact, she loves learning so much that sometimes she reads four or five books a week. In her own words, she is “over-the-top crazy about learning,” and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. With a love for learning and a passion for continued education, Green joined BYU’s China Teachers Program to become a professor of English at China’s Nanjing Tech University—a decision that has changed her life for the better.

  • A Journey of Self-Discovery Monday Apr 06 2020

    For most people, jury duty is a chore. For Julie Rash, her jury-duty service became a catalyst for years of involvement in the Provo School board, an education through BYU Marriott’s EMPA program, and a life dedicated to public service.

  • Across the World and Back Thursday Apr 02 2020

    Driven by a desire to help the people of her country, Vimbai Tembo began her journey from Zimbabwe to Provo by tucking her two children into bed and then lighting a candle to study for the GRE.

  • "Sitting at the Table" Wednesday Mar 18 2020

    Lori Wadsworth, the director of BYU Marriott’s MPA program, missed only one night of classes during her time as a student in the BYU Marriott Executive MPA (EMPA) program—the night of her son’s birth.

  • Making an iMPAct Monday Mar 16 2020

    At the age of three, Nick Porter created his own imaginary city with its own made-up language. He may not have realized it at the time, but this activity would ultimately foreshadow his future career path. Now as an adult, he is following his passion and pursuing an MPA at BYU Marriott with the hopes of one day running a real city as a city manager.

  • BYU Marriott's MPA Program Honors Two Students with the 2019 Buckwalter Award Thursday Mar 05 2020

    Two talented BYU Marriott MPA students recently received the 2019 Doyle W. Buckwalter Award for their accomplishments in their internships. Ryan Lancaster and Theary Leng were recognized at the annual Alumnus of the Year luncheon, where they received their award and a cash prize of $2,000.

  • A Continued Legacy Wednesday Mar 04 2020

    Almost twenty years after retiring, BYU Marriott professor Doyle W. Buckwalter’s legacy at BYU Marriott continues to resonate and positively influence the MPA program, and all of BYU’s campus.

  • From Passing the Ball to Passing Down Success Thursday Feb 27 2020

    Joining the healthcare field after travelling the world and shooting free throws in front of thousands is quite the change of pace. However, 2016 BYU Marriott Executive MPA grad Anson Winder, who was a member of BYU’s men’s Basketball team from 2010-2015, is now finding success working as a category leader and contract manager for Intermountain Healthcare. Winder’s newfound passion is serving others through healthcare transformation, which is a slam dunk.

  • Making the Climb with the Sherpa Program Thursday Dec 26 2019

    The frigid wind whips around the young sherpa as he guides a group of foreign climbers through the vast mountain ranges of the Himalayas, heading for the summit. Just as the sherpas in Nepal assist mountaineers, BYU Marriott’s MPA sherpa program helps first-year students on their climb through the MPA program.

  • Jodi Sandfort Receives Gary C. Cornia Lecturer Award Thursday Dec 19 2019

    Jodi Sandfort, professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, exemplified gratitude and humility as she accepted the Gary C. Cornia Lecture Series award 5 December 2019 for her innovative leadership in the field of social policy.

  • MPA Students Receive Rumsfeld Foundation Grant Saturday Dec 07 2019

    Two BYU Marriott MPA graduates became recipients of the Rumsfeld Foundation Fellowship and received $10,000 along with priceless networking opportunities. Kathleen Nugent from New Paltz, New York, and Megdalynn Fisher from Spanish Fork, Utah, were nominated for the fellowship by their professor, Rob Christensen, and become two of twenty recipients in 2019.

  • Chiefs of the BYU EMPA Program Monday Dec 02 2019

    Being a police chief is a challenging position to hold, but BYU Marriott helped prepare Darren Paul, Chad Soffe, and Chris Autry to serve the communities they love. The skills, lessons, and experiences these police chiefs gained in the EMPA program provided the tools they needed to be successful in their jobs.

  • Doral Vance Awarded MPA Alumnus of the Year Award Wednesday Nov 27 2019

    The Romney Institute of Public Service & Ethics honored 1980 BYU Marriott MPA graduate Doral Vance, manager and chief investigator of the Utah State Tax Commission’s Criminal Investigation Unit, with the 2019 N. Dale Wright Alumnus of the Year Award. The award was presented to Vance at the annual alumnus luncheon held at the Harmon Continuing Education Building on 15 November 2019.