For the 5th Annual Public Service and Leadership Week Conference, the MPA and MS in Leadership and the School of Justice Studies presents the 350th anniversary celebration of Roger Williams's legacy in Rhode Island on May 7, 2014, at RWU Baypoint Inn in Portsmouth, R.I. The School of Justice Studies's Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Leadership Programs, in Association with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (RIASPA), are hosting a conference to celebrate Public Service Week with the theme of Roger Williams's Rhode Island legacy of building communities.
The event will begin at 8:15 a.m. on May 7 at the Baypoint facility of RWU, starting with a continental breakfast and networking with attendees. The program starts officially at 9:15 a.m. Dignitaries from the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) will be in attendance and present a formal panel on Public Service and Leadership in the late morning. William Shields, a Rhode Islander, and the new Executive Director of ASPA, will present membership certificates to the Pawtucket High Schools Public Administration Academy and the Law and Public Safety Academy. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Her address will highlight the legacy of Roger Williams, who established Rhode Island as a collection of communities with strong partnerships among community residents. Since Roger Williams was a cleric, part of the community building legacy of Roger Williams is the backdrop of church communities. Reverend Stewart Pattison, Pastor of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland, NY will deliver the Preamble to the Keynote. Presenting on the topic of Careers in Public Administration and Public Service will be Michael Massiah, Management and Budget Director for The Port Authority of NY and NJ. Mr. Massiah was recognized as the Public Administrator of the Year at this year’s ASPA Conference held in Washington, D.C. in March of 2014. The full day of programming will end at 2p. Networking with presenters and ASPA dignitaries will be held at that time. The conference is an important event in the programming year of the MPA and the MS in Leadership programs. The conference brings together students, community members, elected leaders, school administrators and faculty, and professionals in the field of Public Administration. Careers in Public Service from which the conference audience and presenters come represent the careers available in Public Service including: teaching, health care administration, government program management, nonprofit administration of organizations such as the YMCA, Crossroads Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Foundation. Anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in organizations like these should plan to attend. Meet professionals in Public Service who can answer career questions during the Conference.