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NKU Master of Public Administration alumnus, student to be honored for public service

For immediate release…
Tuesday – March 24, 2015

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – 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, Travis Brown, a current student from the Northern Kentucky University Master of Public Administration program, and John P. Scott, a 2013 NKU MPA alumnus, have been chosen as public administrators of the year.

Mr. Brown, who is being honored in the Outstanding Student category, will graduate in May and is looking for a new challenge and a second career in public service. He has spent 21 years in the field of law enforcement, starting with the Kentucky State Police then moving to the City of Fort Wright and finally retiring from the City of Fort Mitchell in December 2014.

He turned an emergency management class assignment into a published article in The Journal of Law Enforcement in 2014. The article, “Police Radio History and Innovation: What Have We Learned?” addresses the lack of communication for emergency responders from multiple jurisdictions. This lack of interoperability leads to unnecessary disorder at major disasters and crime scenes.

Mr. Scott will receive the Early Careerist Award for his work with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he serves as a senior specialist. In this role, he engages with communities and citizens surrounding the main campus and satellite offices in ways that advance the public interest, particularly public health. These activities include connecting more than 5,000 children with health, clinical, research and community programs; leveraging 1,300 employees who volunteer in community programs with health goals; and supporting the reporting process for $400 million in contributions to the community.

Previously, he worked at Greater Cincinnati United Way as a Senior Relationship Manager, developing and managing relationships with 30+ nonprofit organizations and monitoring roughly $10 million of investments in them.

Both Mr. Brown and Mr. Scott will be honored during the Public Administrators of the Year Awards Banquet on April 17 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. Award recipients will also be recognized at the Greater Cincinnati Public Service Recognition Celebration on Thursday, May 14, at noon on Fountain Square.

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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