Victoria Vogelgesang, a Master of Public Administration student at Northern Kentucky University, and NKU MPA alumnus T.J. White were recently honored as Public Administrators of the Year by the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
Each year the organization honors outstanding individuals for their work in the field of public administration including government, education and the non-profit sector.
White, a 2008 MPA alumnus, accepted the award for Program Excellence for the Southwest Ohio Regional Refuse Program. The program is the second cycle of an effort to jointly bid solid waste and recycling services. It is facilitated by the Center for Local Government, of which White serves as executive director. Participating governments include Amberley Village, Woodlawn, Deer Park, Milford, Bellbrook and Miamisburg. The program costs just $11.80 per household per month for solid waste and recycling, and saves more than $105,000 per year for participating governments.
Vogelgesang is a graduate assistant in the NKU Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership. In addition to her creative and enthusiastic work for the MPA program, she excels in the classroom, achieving a 3.9 GPA. Last summer she was selected as a Seasongood intern, assisting with the World Choir Games. Vogelgesang also served as president of NKU’s Public Administration Student Society, coordinating networking opportunities, guest speakers and community service activities.
Winners and nominees were honored during the chapter’s Public Administrators of the Year Awards Banquet on April 19. Award recipients will also be recognized today at noon on Fountain Square as part of Public Service Recognition Week (May 6-10) at the Greater Cincinnati Public Service Recognition Celebration.
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) was formed in 1939 and is the premier professional association for public administrators in the United States. The Greater Cincinnati chapter is a voluntary association of interested individuals from government, nonprofit, academia and private sector organizations dedicated to promoting recognition for public service, providing professional development opportunities, and offering technical assistance to area public administrators.