University of New Orleans professor John Kiefer was elected president of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) on Oct. 15 at its annual membership meeting in Raleigh, NC. Kiefer is the director of UNO’s nationally ranked and professionally accredited master of public administration (MPA) program. Kiefer will serve one year as president-elect and take over duties as president next year at the SECoPA annual conference in Miami, Fla.
UNO adjunct professor Alessandra Jerolleman was also elected to the SECoPA Board of Directors at its annual board meeting prior to the start of the conference. She will serve a two-year term.
Kiefer is a professor in the UNO Department of Political Science and a faculty associate at the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART), UNO’s applied hazards social science research center. Kiefer implemented the hazard policy specialization within UNO’s MPA program. He teaches courses in hazard policy and administration as well as program evaluation. In his applied research, Kiefer specializes in the development of outcome-focused collaborative networks to create disaster resilience, especially with regard to vulnerable populations.
Kiefer is a past chair and senior advisor to the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Emergency and Crisis Management and serves on the executive board of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. Prior to coming to UNO, Kiefer was a research professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer.
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