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Saturday, January 16, 2021

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MPA to announce Public Official of the Year


The UH Master of Public Administration program will kick off its third annual Public Official of the Year Ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilton UH’s Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom.
During the ceremony, one official out of five finalists will be named Houston Metropolitan Area Public Official of the Year, an esteemed title awarded based on the qualities that the MPA program admires.

“In addition to emphasizing trust, accountability, performance, ethical decision-making and crossing boundaries to solve problems, the MPA program encourages its students to make these qualities a priority as they develop their careers within the public sector,” said MPA Program Director James Thurmond. “These qualities are certainly mirrored in the (five) finalists for the prestigious honor of the Houston Metropolitan Area Public Official of the Year.”

The nominees are district engineer for the Houston district of the Texas Department of Transportation Mike Alford; Dickinson City administrator Julie M. Robinson; Houston Airport System director Mario Diaz; La Porte councilmember-at-large Dottie Kaminski; and Sugar Land city manager Allen Bogard.

The event will also feature keynote speaker James Calaway, CEO and president of the Center for Houston’s Future.

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