Public Service Awards Luncheon

In honor of Public Service Week, the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk, 1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA.


Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Public Service
Marcus D. Jones, Norfolk City Manager

Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice
Dr. John C. Morris, Old Dominion University

Student Scholarship Award
Michael Thompson, Old Dominion University

2014 Annual Symposium

Facilitating Public Participation through Technology

The event was held on Friday, March 21st from 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM at the Holiday Inn Select, Norfolk Airport in Norfolk. 2014 Annual Symposium Program

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The event was held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

Event article,

During this student-focused event we endeavored to assist students to …

  • Develop an awareness of a broad range of dynamic opportunities in the field of Public & Nonprofit Administration
  • Find the qualifications necessary to enter and succeed in the public and non-profit sectors
  • Learn important information on transitioning from the armed forces to public service
  • Hear practical advice from experienced public service professionals on the federal, state, local and non-profit areas of public service.

ASPA HR sponsored this event to encourage bright and motivated young people to consider public and non-profit agencies for their future. This event was open to undergraduate and graduate students in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Finance, and all related fields of study. 

Joint Holiday Event

holidayThe Joint Holiday meeting for ASPA, COMPA, and NFBPA was held on December 11th from 6 to 9 PM.

In addition to dinner & networking, we had a City Managers’ Forum with James M. Bourey, City Manager of Newport News; Marcus D. Jones, City Manager of Norfolk; James K. Spore, City Manager of Virginia Beach; and Selena Cuffee-Glenn, City Manager of Suffolk. We truly appreciate the time the City Managers provided us, as well as their collective advice and encouragement.

November ASPA HR Luncheon

ASPA HR held its November luncheon on Thursday, 11/21. Our speaker was Glenn Oder, the Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority (FMA), who provided an enlightening update on the status of Ft. Monroe.

The FMA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, created to preserve, protect, and manage Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort after the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) closure in September 2011. The Authority is governed by a 12-member appointed Board of Trustees and is charged with promoting Fort Monroe and planning the responsible stewardship of the land and landmarks through a management structure unique in Virginia.

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The Minority Political Leadership Institute is Now Accepting Applications!

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for its Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI). The application deadline for the 2014 MPLI Class is November 1, 2013. The Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) is a collaborative initiative of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. MPLI is an intensive seven-month experience designed to promote leadership development for all individuals interested in issues important to minority communities including: community economics, political climate, civic engagement, and racial equity. MPLI offers insights regarding leadership legacy and culture, personal leadership, policy and legislative processes, responsible stewardship, public service, and integrity for future leaders. Each program year participants have the opportunity to engage and interact with communities across the Virginia and learn about unique strengths and issues facing different regions of the Commonwealth. For more information about the MPLI program and/or to submit an application please visit our website: Please contact the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at 804-827-1169 or if you have any questions.


Application Deadline: November 1, 2013