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Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Liberal Arts


PPAD is the historically principal unit at Jackson State University which educates persons primarily for careers in the fields of public management and policy analysis and for service in public, non-profit and “quasi-public” organizations. Concomitantly, it is also the mission of the Department to serve as a resource to the Jackson State community, the State of Mississippi, the nation and developing areas throughout the world.


Dr. Gloria Billingsley

Dr. Gloria Billingsley, Professor, Interim Department Chair & Ph.D. Program Director

Office: Room 313 Contact: 601-979-8784/



– President, National Conference of Minority Public Administrators (2015-6)

– Sy Murray Mentoring Award, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, 2020

– Donald Stone Public Service Award, ASPA, 2018

– Chester A. Newland Citation of Merit Award, ASPA, 2017

– One JSU Faculty Excellence Award Nominee, College of Public Service, 2016.

– JSU Faculty Excellence Teaching Award, Fall 2012

– Managing Editor, ​Journal of Public Management and Social Policy (September 2019-)

– Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Public Administration (2015-2018)


Dr. Johnny B. Gilleylen Sr., Associate Professor

Office: Room 307
Contact: 601-979-8786/ 



DrHines Pic-2012Gala2_reducedDr. Andre Leona Hines, Associate Professor

Office: Room 309 Contact: 601-979-8785/








Jae-Young Ko 8_1Dr. Jae-Young Ko, Associate Professor

Office: Room 310, Contact: 601-979-8781/ 


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– 2016 JSU College of Public Service, Teacher of the Year Award

– 2016 JSU Creative Award ($5,000)

– 2015 JSU Summer Research Fund ($3,000)

– President, Mississippi Political Science Association (2017-18)

– President-Elect, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)- Mississippi Chapter (2020-2021)


Dr. Bennett OdunsiDr. Bennett Odunsi, Professor

 Office: Room 316, Contact: 601-979-8726/

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Chester Robinson-4Dr. Chester Robinson, Associate Professor

Office: Room 311, Contact: 601-979-8782/               








Dr. Ester StokesDr. Ester Stokes, Visiting Assistant Professor &

Internship Coordinator

Office: Room 312,  Contact: 601-979-8787/

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 Dr. Sylvester Murray, Visiting Professor

 Office: Room 322,  Contact: 601-979-8780/

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– Honorary Doctor of Laws, Lincoln University 1983

– National Public Service Award, NAPA & ASPA 1988

– Public Service Award, NFBPA  1997

– Excellence Award, Inst. of Local Government Management, South Africa 2006

– Staats Lifetime Achievement Award, ASPA 2008


Dr. Monique White, Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Room 321,  Contact: 601-979-6374/ 








 Dr. Alan Branson, Adjunct faculty

Contact: 601-979-6353/








Dr. Irish Patrick-Williams, Adjunct faculty

Contact: 601-979-6353/








Ms. Carolyn DivinityCarolyn K. Divinity, Office Manager

Office: Room 308                                                   

Contact: 601-979-8783/








Ms. Cresandra L. Washington, Receptionist

Office: Room 325, Contact:601-979-6353 /







Preparing Professionals

The MPPA program seeks to prepare students for significant professional and managerial positions in the public and non-profit sectors.  The curriculum is designed to equip students with the necessary skills of contemporary public management, provide a broad understanding of the role of administration in the policy process, and provide a sound foundation in ethics.  Thus, our MPPA program seeks to:

  1. Provide a cadre of highly trained individuals who are committed to the notion of public service in a variety of organizational settings;
  2. Develop advanced educational opportunities for students of public administration in an urban environment where a multiplicity of governmental opportunities, interactions and practices can be observed;
  3. Fill the need for public, quasi-governmental, and non-profit high-level executive management which exists in the State of Mississippi, the nation, and the world, particularly as this need relates to minorities and women; and
  4. Serve as a resource to the greater community.



The Master of Public Policy and Administration Program is designed to provide practical career-oriented training for persons seeking public service careers or for persons already employed in the many branches of public service. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the necessary skills of contemporary public management as well as to give them a broad understanding of the role of administration in the decision making process.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


The future of public administration is strong and growing. Global, national and local problems require solutions from trained public administrators and policymakers.  It is the role of Jackson State University’s Public Policy and Administration programs to prepare the next leaders to devise and to manage much-needed solutions!


Department of Public Policy and Administration majors have a plethora of career options:

Forecasting Manager Real Estate Agent Policy Manager Policy Analyst
Management Consultant Economic Analyst Bank Officer Urban Planner







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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-8783.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



Dept. of Public Policy and Administration
College of Public Service
Jackson State University
101 W. Capitol St. 
Jackson, MS 39201


(601) 979-8783 or
Gloria Billingsley, Associate Professor @ 601-979-8784 or
Johnny B. Gilleylen, Sr.Dept. Chair @ 601-979-8786