School of Public Affairs Graduate Student Named Presidential Management Fellow
--Will Start Work at U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June--
New York, NY—May 2, 2007—Heather Reagan (MPA ’07) of the School of Public Affairs has become the latest Baruch student to garner national honors after receiving a coveted Presidential Management Fellowship from the U.S. federal government’s Office of Personnel Management.
The intensely competitive management development program attracts more than 3,000 applicants each year. Successful applicants receive a two-year appointment within a federal agency chosen from a shortlist of participating offices.“I took a job with the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, within the Office of Resource Management,” said Heather, who begins working as a management analyst in June. “Most of my interests lie in the field of health, and I was also looking for a place where I could develop skills to become a senior manager.”
Established in 1977, the Presidential Management Fellowship gives candidates with graduate degrees in a variety of fields an opportunity to gain accelerated managerial experience within public policy agencies. Following their initial two-year appointment, Fellows usually have the option to continue their position as full-time staff members.
Administrators and faculty members nominate potential Fellows for the program. Candidates then begin the stringent selection process, which includes a series of civil service examinations and interviews. For Michael Lovaglio, director of Graduate Admissions and Student Services at the School of Public Affairs, Heather was the perfect choice to represent Baruch. “She’s been incredible asset to students since coming here. She serves on the Graduate Student Assembly, and secured funding for herself and other Baruch students to attend the American Society for Public Affairs (ASPA) conference in Washington.”
Heather decided to study public affairs at Baruch after working as a fundraiser for Chellie Pingree’s Senate campaign in her native Maine, and on Long Island, where she managed Harvey Levinson’s winning campaign for Assessor in 2003. “I’m a supporter of public service. I think that if we don’t have great people serving our communities, our communities won’t become the sort of places we want them to be.”
She says that she also appreciates the depth of experience and variety among the students and faculty at Baruch. “The professors here are experienced professionals in their field. If you want to learn about real-life politics, you’ll get an insider’s take in Doug Muzzio’s class,” she said. “Our student body also brings something special to each class. You’re in a room with a truly diverse community—ethnically, economically, and professionally.”
Baruch students and faculty have won an array of academic accolades accross disciplines this semester. The awards include two Fulbright Fellowships and awards in marketing, competitive investing, and scientific psychology.
For more information, contact Carol Abrams, chief communications officer, at (646) 660-6114, or Olayinka Fadahunsi, Office of Communications and Marketing, at (646) 660-6091.