By George Pettit, ASU Professor, Andrews Fellow Coordinator and ACMA Life Member
The Marvin Andrews Fellowship in Urban Management added three alumni with ASU's graduation May 5, 2012. Chase Carlile,
Caitlyn Mitchell and Israel Murguia all received their master's degrees in public administration. Trey Williams, the
fourth 2010 Marvin, accepted employment with the Arizona Association of Counties as Legislative Liaison during his last
semester, and plans to finish his academic requirements in the fall of 2012.
This represented the fifth graduating class for the Andrews Fellow Program and is starting the seventh class of three fellows in fall 2012. The program is a unique partnership
of ACMA, ASU, and the Alliance for Innovation with a stated goal of becoming the premier public management training program in the US. ASU School of Public Affairs was
recently recognized as the 16th best MPA program in the country, with the Management and Urban Policy program 2nd overall. More details on the program are available on the
ACMA website under Marvin Andrews Graduate Program tab.
The three incoming fellows are Justine Bruno, a returning ASU graduate working in Philadelphia in urban planning, Alex Rivera with a bachelor's degree from the College of
New Jersey, and Alexis Ramirez, from ASU with a bachelor's degree. In addition to their first year coursework, they will be serving a one year internship at the Center for
Urban Innovation, the partnership between ASU and the Alliance for Innovation. This partnership identifies truly innovative approaches by local governments across the
country and makes them available through Alliance membership and the ICMA Knowledge Network.
They are also assigned professional mentors preferably to serve throughout their career as questions and challenges arise. The program strives to select ICMA/ACMA member
managers and assistants to fill this career-long relationship based upon background and interest. Thanks to those who have served over the past seven years. If you have
thoughts to share about this part of the program based upon your experiences, or wish to be considered for future mentor service, please contact George.A.Pettit@asu.edu.
Three second year fellows are starting their half time field internships in August 2012, with Niel Curley serving in Mesa, Emma Jurado in Gilbert and Pam Weir in Avondale.
Thanks to these communities for the continuing financial and educational commitment to the program. The field internship represents the opportunity to apply the research
and support skills learned during the first year internship to the operations of local governments in the urban area. The program places interns with local and county
government in the Phoenix metropolitan area, again based upon the student's interests and goals. While tight financial times have limited the opportunities, please consider
investing in the future of the profession and your organization by making available an internship for 2013-14. It will be the best under $20,000 investment you have made.
There are now 17 Andrews Fellows graduates working in the profession. Several have now met that threshold of three to five years' experience to be able to be considered
for the executive level of public management. The three new graduates all have two years of solid experience. Seek them out and consider them highly, as you will be
pleased with the choice of bringing them into your organization.
This program only works because of ACMA member commitments, whether as mentors for the fellows or in providing the second year internship. Both are valuable and critical
elements to make the program an applied educational experience, and not just classroom education. The recent retirements of Bob and Janet Denhardt and Jim Svara from the
faculty, as well as the steady leadership of Marty Vanacour have left great foundations upon which we can all build the premier public management program - after all we are
#2 and we will continue to try harder!!