Across the country, institutions of higher learning are developing new leadership for the many public sector and public utility jobs that will need to be filled as we begin to see 10,000 people per day leaving the workforce for retirement with 48% of all organizational supervisors eligible to retire. With this major shift in the demographics of the public sector workforce, universities like Appalachian State are cultivating a strong group of emerging leaders through its Public Administration program for under-graduate and graduate studies. Long considered the leader in North Carolina for placement of local government leadership, many other universities across the region have adopted similar programs to the App State model in order to develop the local, state, and federal leadership for the next generation.
Similarly to the App State Public Administration program, the Town of Troy in North Carolina has adopted a similar philosophy of dedicated support and training of young public administration professionals. For over 30 years, the Town has supported public administration internships to provide students practical experience in local government and utility operations. Mayor Roy Maness has been at the helm of the program from the beginning as he does today and has given over 60 local government and utility professionals their career a starting place for success.
As a proud member of the ASU Local Government Alumni Association and a former Town of Troy intern, it is my pleasure to support the Roy Maness Scholarship Golf Tournament which raises sustaining funds for Public Administration students to continue their education. Thanks Mayor Maness and the Town of Troy for your efforts to enhance the quality of public sector professionals for over three decades.