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Purpose Accomplished, Homeward Bound

December 19th, 2016 by ppad

anan-121416ananfamilygraduationAnan M. Abu Hummour dreamed as a little girl of coming to America to get a degree.  On August 10, 2012 she arrived in Jackson, Mississippi to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at Jackson State University.  This program was chosen “because I saw a real potential in this degree to prepare me with the knowledge, skills, and experience that I needed to achieve my goals.” As one objective came true, another one was placed on hold when she left husband, Mohammad and a new born son, Owen in Jordan.  It was “incredible painful” for her to resume studying in another country away from her family. The desire to make life better for those she loves drove Anan to pursue her aspirations of studying abroad.  A year later Mohammad joined her at JSU majoring in the Master of Public Policy and Administration program.  The two of them faced financial, social, and personal challenges; however they refused to allow trials to kill their ambitions. They weathered the storms of life through people who inspired them to keep moving forward. A “wonderful student/professor relationship” between them and the Dr. Johnny Gilleylen developed. He served as Anan’s dissertation chair.

Two years ago, Mohammad and Anan gave birth to their second child, Eden.  Eden became the youngest student in the department.  She attended many classes and departmental events. On December 9, 2016 Eden witnessed her daddy receiving his MPPA degree and her mother being hooded for her Ph.D. degree during the Fall Commencement Exercise.  Through all the difficult times Anan faced, she maintained academic excellence.  She received numerous awards including being inducted into three academic honor societies:  Chi Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Chi, and Pi Alpha Alpha.

Mahammad, Anan, and Eden are excited to be going home to Jordan where Owen awaits their arrival.

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A Servant Heart

December 12th, 2016 by ppad

francesliddell2016Dr. L. Frances P. Liddell, retired former Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Jackson State University’s Department of Public Policy and Administration was inducted as a National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) fellow on November 17 2016. The NAPA was created to help public sector leaders meet the important and varied management challenges of today and anticipate those of the future. Fellows of NAPA are instrumental in meeting goals set forth by the organization.  They possess unmatched wealth of expertise and serve as the cornerstone of the organization.  They contribute valuable insight and experience to the oversight of Academy’s projects and provide general guidance of the organization. Fellows are also the Academy's primary resource for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government through its Standing Panels.

Dr. Liddell joined 48 peer administrators and thought leaders as part of the 2016 Fellow class that underwent a rigorous nomination process. Fellows bring to NAPA a deep understanding of financial management, human resources, technology, and administrative functions at all levels of government.  They also direct most of Academy's studies.

We salute Dr. Liddell’s accomplishments for her serving heart that benefit others.  True testaments of serving others can be found in her long standing memberships with American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA).

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Fall 2015 Graduation Clearance for Students

October 12th, 2015 by ppad

Graduation Clearance has been extended through 10/23/2015. This process can not be done online. Students must contact the department in order for the process to be completed. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. LaTesha Dotson @ 601-979-6358/ latesha.c.dotson@jsums.edu, Mrs. Carolyn K. Divinty @ 601-979-8184/ carolyn.k.divinity@jsums.edu, and Dr. Johnny B. Gilleylen @ 601-979-8786/ johnny.b.gilleylen@jsums.edu .

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