NKU student, alumnus honored for public service

For immediate release…
Tuesday – April 29, 2014

Each year the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA-GCC) honors outstanding individuals for their work in the field of public administration including  government, education, and the non-profit sector.

This year, Kristen Sunday, a current student in the Northern Kentucky University Master of Public Administration program, and Ryan Adcock, a 2006 NKU MPA alumnus, were chosen as public administrators of the year and honored at the Public Administrators of the Year Awards Banquet earlier this month. They will also be recognized next Thursday, May 8, when agencies and individuals from across the region converge on Fountain Square for the Greater Cincinnati Public Service Recognition Ceremony 25th Annual Celebration from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Sunday, who is being honored in the Outstanding Student category, is considered one of the NKU MPA program’s rising young stars as she quickly moved from a graduate assistant for NKU athletic development to a Seasongood summer intern with the City of Cincinnati to strategic coordinator for Vision 2015.

Sunday’s strengths of communication and organization capabilities served her well as a graduate assistant for NKU athletic development. With the City of Cincinnati she assisted in legislative and community affairs and also aided in international initiatives and sister-city relationships.

Adcock received the Early Careerist Award for his work with Cradle Cincinnati, where he serves as executive director. Cradle Cincinnati is a new partnership that brings together leadership from all the birth hospitals in Hamilton County along with additional civic and health leaders to reduce the area’s high infant mortality rate. The vision is that every baby born in Hamilton County will live to see his or her first birthday. Prior to the role, he spent seven years at director of legislative affairs for Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.

The Public Administrators of the Year Awards are sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of 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 in this region dedicated to promoting recognition for public service, providing professional development opportunities, and offering technical assistance to area public administrators.

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