LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will enroll 47 new students in its two year Master of Public Service (MPS) program this fall. Located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in downtown Little Rock, the Clinton School is the nation’s first to offer an MPS degree.
The new students, some of whom will be pursuing concurrent degrees in business administration, law and public health, represent the school’s tenth class. Since the enrollment of its first class in 2005, the Clinton School has grown steadily and has attracted students from 39 states, 35 countries and 205 different colleges and universities. The new class of 2016 includes students from 17 states and eight countries.
"When it comes to academic achievements and public service commitments, we continue to attract some of the best brightest from Arkansas and bring some of the best and brightest to Arkansas," said Clinton School Dean James L. "Skip" Rutherford III.
This fall, the new Clinton School students will begin group public service projects in partnership with organizations across Arkansas. Second year Clinton students will be returning from international public service projects in 20 countries.
Orientation for the new class begins Aug. 17 and classes begin Aug. 25.
The class of 2016 includes:
• Austin Hall (Hot Springs, Ark.) – Hall is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. He has worked as a development coordinator at Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and project coordinator for Leadership Development at the University of Central Arkansas. Hall’s public service interests include fine arts development, LGBTQ equality, and political engagement.
• Molly Miller (Sand Springs, Okla.) – Miller is a graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in Politics and is currently enrolled in the concurrent degree program with the University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences College of Public Health, seeking a Master’s in Public Health. She has experience with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Public Policy Panel, and numerous political campaigns around Arkansas. Miller’s public service interests include health care, sustainable communities, and the arts.
• Kat Short (Hot Springs, Ark.) – Short is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in History. She has experience with the American Red Cross in Houston, Texas as a Regional Recovery Specialist, and is a former AmeriCorps FEMACorps team leader. Short’s public service interests include emergency management and disaster relief services.
• Nic Williams (Judsonia, Ark.) – Williams is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and is currently enrolled in the concurrent degree program with the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law, seeking a Juris Doctorate. He has experience with the Faulkner County Juvenile Court, Keep a Child Alive Foundation, and March of Dimes. Williams’ public service interest includes consumer advocacy, LGBTQ equality, and political engagement.