Meet Our Students

Our program is proud to share the stories of students who have achieved success in their chosen career paths, and this page shall feature some of their stories.

Andy Church

I was searching to expand the scope of my professional development, which is why I chose the MPA program at Marshall University. The MPA program consists of experienced professionals that have guided me toward the right direction. This program has opened the door in understanding the diverse options within my professional field. Since then, I have been able to gain an opportunity for experience with the United Way. This has allowed me to be able to place this experience on a platform that allows me to engage with high level professionals into the workplace. Choosing to enter in the MPA program has been the best decision for me both professionally and personally.




Jebediah Dickerson

I chose the MPA at Marshall University because I love to work with the public and those in need. The MPA degree allows students to work within nonprofit organizations and contribute to the public good. I would recommend the MPA degree to anyone who enjoys being charitable or expresses a sense of altruism. The MPA degree will serve as an excellent stepping stone for me to pursue my doctorate degree in Political Science.

I am currently the Graduate Assistant of the MPA Program and the Vice President of the Graduate Student Organization at Marshall University. I also hold an internship position with the Future of Nursing West Virginia Coalition where I work on marketing and financial strategy.

Mathew Gallagher

I chose the Marshall MPA program due to the flexibility Marshall allows its students and the ability to graduate within a reasonably soon, despite fulltime employment. Marshall was also a prime choice due to the high regard for Marshall’s MPA program by my colleagues and peers at the Capitol. The MPA program has been timely and important in my success with both the West Virginia Legislature and Secretary of State.

I am currently the executive director of the One-Stop Business Development Project at the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

 Rachel Gilliams

I chose the Marshall MPA Program because this program is flexible and provides entry  to a variety of governmental, legal, business, and nonprofit organizations. With this program, I have a better understanding of daily engagement with the public in a professional setting. The MPA program has opened doors for me in the community, in which I have made great professional connections with. With the information I have taken from this program, I deem I can go out into the public and maintain the skills to make it more efficient and effective.

I currently work as a graduate assistant for Marshall University Career Services and I work as an intern for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri State. When I am not working, I volunteer with Alpha Phi Omega, the community service organization on campus. I will be graduating in May 2018, and I will be working for Kisling, Nestico, & Redick, working with attorneys on case development.

Autumn Haithcock

I chose the Marshall MPA Program because this program gives students the ability to learn a lot about working as a nonprofit or with a nonprofit organization. You also get a chance to better understand what it means to be a represntative and how to represent the people who elected you. This also means you will have a better concept of how to be an effective and transparent leader. The MPA program has helped me to make connections with peers that I wouldn’t have made otherwise.
I have an internship with the mayor’s office. I am currently the president of the Graduate Student Organization as well as the Native American Student Organization. Both organizations operate very much like nonprofit organizations.
I am a water protector and in correlation with that I work with OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition). OVEC is a nonprofit organization that works to protect the environment and bring about awareness of
environmental issues.