New discussion series to focus on public administration, policy

A new discussion series at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will feature local government, nonprofit and academic leaders focusing on issues that are current in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. “Focus on Public Administration & Policy” will include panel discussions on March 8 and April 19 at UMSL.

“I see it as a way of bringing public policy discussions to the community and bringing the community to UMSL,” said Deborah Balser, director of the Public Policy Administration program at UMSL, which will host series. “I’m really excited because we have relevant topics that are important to the St. Louis region. We look forward to the ongoing discussion.”

The first panel discussion, “Local Governments, Nonprofits and Questions of Taxation,” will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 8 in the J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at UMSL. Dan Sise, community engagement manager for the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at UMSL, will moderate. Panelists will include:

• Gerry Welch, mayor of Webster Groves, Mo.
• Janet Watson, director of finance and administration for Clayton, Mo.
• Mark Schoedel, vice president of construction and technology at Lutheran Senior Services
• Kimberly McKinney, chief executive officer at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis

The second panel discussion, “Balancing Public Values as a Questions of Ethics,” will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 19 in the J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at UMSL. Wally Siewert, director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life at UMSL, will moderate.

The discussions are free and open to the public. A reception will follow both programs.

Contact Julie Stone at 314-421-4220, ext. 288, or for more information.


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