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Celebrating 50 years

UPDATE ON 50th Anniversary Banquet -- March 23, 2020

Dear Friends, 

It is with a heavy heart that we are postponing the May 2, 2020 event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the West Virginia University Master of Public Administration program in Morgantown, WV.  In this unique time, we are even more appreciative of the public service commitment, resilience and compassion of our Mountaineer family.

We are hoping to reschedule the celebration in Fall 2020 if the circumstances allow. 

Please stay in touch and we wish you heartfelt care and hope.  

Dr. Maja Holmes (

Debbie Koon-Friel (

History of the MPA Program

In 2019, the WVU Master of Public Administration program is turning 50. The first cohort of nine students enrolled in 1969 and graduated in 1970. Fifty years later, the program is proud of the over 1,600 alumni who have made public service their calling. 

The WVU MPA program prepares the next generation of public service professionals through experiential opportunities, such as action research projects, the signature internship experience and welcoming leaders in public administration as guest speakers. 

Our faculty address important public administration issues through research, teaching and service projects that support West Virginia communities and regional collaborations and advance a global perspective.

Schedule of Events

During the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, the WVU Department of Public Administration will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Master of Public Administration program with a series of events. More details will be forthcoming.

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 – Eberly College Homecoming Event at the Clarion Hotel Morgan  

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 – MPA Professional Development Day in Washington, DC

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 – Participate in WVU Day of Giving 

January 21, 2020 – MPA Student and Alumni Professional Day in Charleston, WV 

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – MPA 50th Anniversary Celebration Colloquium and Reception