MPA student selected to be city administrator

Congratulations to Jesica McEachern, a student in our Master of Public Administration program, who will be the city administrator for the City of Bridgeport! She is currently city secretary of Bridgeport and she will start her new position in June. McEachern, who will graduate from the MPA program this semester, says “I owe this promotion in part to the MPA education I received from UTA.”

Alum appointed Duncanville City Manager

Alumnus Kevin Hugman (’94 MPA) will be the City Manager of Duncanville, Focus Daily News reports. The Daily News notes that the city council voted unanimously to hire Hugman, who will begin his new position March 2, 2015. The retired Navy captain is currently Assistant City Manager in Wichita Falls, Texas, and previously worked in Southlake.

MPA student awarded UMANT Scholarship

Congratulations to MPA student Kristina Ashton who was recently awarded the William J. Pitstick Memorial Scholarship! The $3,500 scholarship is given by UMANT, the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas, which states that its purpose is “to provide support for deserving, academically promising students enrolled in graduate programs at universities in the North Central Texas area; specifically those seeking degrees in public administration, urban affairs, or a closely related field.” Kristina adds that she is “awfully proud to be awarded the scholarship.”

Alumna to head Komen Greater Fort Worth

Alumna MaryAnn Means-Dufrene will be the new executive director at Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth. She served as deputy chief of staff to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price for two years and will begin her new position on Oct. 20.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Business Press reported the appointment and listed Means-Dufrene’s accomplishments while serving as deputy chief of staff. The Business-Press report included a statement from the Komen search committee co-chairs that Means-Dufrene’s “… local community connections and varied professional background, coupled with her leadership skills, will be invaluable to the organization.”

Means-Dufrene holds a Master of Public Administration degree from SUPA.