University partners with City Managers Association of Oklahoma

UCO’s Jackson College of Graduate Studies and the City Manager’s Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) have developed a strategic partnership centered on the university’s master’s degree in public administration. The partnership was made official during a ceremony on Central’s campus on Wednesday. From left, Brett Sharp, Ph.D., professor of political science; Jan Hardt, Ph.D., professor of political science; and Craig Stephenson, city manager for Ponca City and chairman of the CMAO Conference Planning Committee, display a plaque acknowledging the new partnership.

UCO’s Jackson College of Graduate Studies and the City Manager’s Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) have developed a strategic partnership centered on the university’s master’s degree in public administration. The partnership was made official during a ceremony on Central’s campus on Wednesday. From left, Brett Sharp, Ph.D., professor of political science; Jan Hardt, Ph.D., professor of political science; and Craig Stephenson, city manager for Ponca City and chairman of the CMAO Conference Planning Committee, display a plaque acknowledging the new partnership.

Last week, the University of Central Oklahoma announced a partnership with the City Manager’s Association of Oklahoma (CMAO).

CMAO will work with UCO’s Jackson College of Graduate Studies for a program centered on the school’s master’s degree in public administration, according to a media release. The UCO MPA is an applied management and policy degree that prepares graduates for careers and positions of leadership in city management as well as in-state tribal and federal governments, nonprofit organizations, and the for-profit sector.

Also debuted during the recent announcement was the initial cohort of Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), the academic honor society for the school’s MPA program.

CMAO promotes the efficiency of urban administrators, including city and county managers, and promotes the general improvement of urban administration and government. Board members include Craig Stephenson, president and Ponca City city manager; Doug Haines, vice president and Woodward assistant city manager/CFO; Brian McDougal, secretary-treasurer and Shawnee city manager and Greg Buckley, past president and Altus assistant city manager, according to its website.

— Media release edited by Jennifer Chancellor

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