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.

LaNette Hunter

My Name is LaNette Hunter and I received my bachelors in Political Science here at Marshall University. I always knew I wanted to help people, and I thought politics and public policy was the best way to do it. While in graduate school, for political science, I got a job as an Americorp VISTA, (Volunteer In Service To America) at Huntington City Hall, and it was there I realized that change that can made when helping the public sector. I added Public Administration, with a concentration in Urban Governance and realized how much I enjoyed the classes required for the degree, and seeing the types of government, non-profit, local, public, and private sector career paths I could take, I realized this was the degree for me and the kind of career path I wanted.

I want to make a difference and help change issues that I am passionate about. While working at City Hall, I helped write and distribute out mini grants, and it felt great to be able to provide funds for projects, that will help bring a community together and make changes they wanted to see be made in their community. The MPA degree, will help open multiple doors for me and bring many more opportunities in a field I want to be a part of more than anything. I am not sure which way I want to go, but I know whatever career I decide I will love it, and will be doing a world of good.

Lydia Waybright

I just completed my undergraduate degree in Public Relations at Marshall, and my classes and projects gave me a passion for nonprofits. I want to do nonprofit development, so I chose to continue my education in the MPA program with the nonprofit management concentration. I think it will be the perfect tool to develop, expand, and fund nonprofits in my career.

I grew up in Huntington, so I have a deep love for my community. I think we are in a unique position, being in a city on the brink of both devastation and hope. I believe educating and empowering people to make a real difference has potent potential, and I want to be one of those people. I’m not sure where I’ll end up, but I want to use the tools I gain to work in a nonprofit that fights for the poor, forgotten, and marginalized; and against injustice, poverty, and oppression.




Tasha Withrow

I recently graduated from Marshall with a bachelor’s in Political Science. For some time I wanted to go to law school and be a lawyer that made a difference in the lives of people that are marginalized and disenfranchised. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized the limitations a lawyer faces in terms of how much they can actually do. I decided to apply to the MPA program because I figured out that being involved in policy is where I can really make a difference. Policy and laws are what guides our judicial system and affects the lives of others. I want to be part of that. I want to be involved in policymaking that helps those that have faced injustice because of how the system is currently running. With the knowledge and experience I will gather by obtaining this degree, I will be able to put forth my best effort in helping and advocating for those whose voices are often unheard.