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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – A Northern Kentucky University student has been named the 2016 Outstanding Student by a national public administration organization.
Paula Brehm-Heeger has received the 2016 Outstanding Student award from The American Society for Public Administration’s Greater Cincinnati Chapter (ASPA-GCC). She will be recognized at the ASPA-GCC luncheon on Friday, April 22, as well as at the Greater Cincinnati Public Service Recognition Celebration on Thursday, May 5.
She is Service Operations Director for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and pursuing a graduate degree through NKU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
In February, Brehm-Heeger was also a finalist in the annual NASPAA Student Simulation Competition, an international competition for public administration students. Brehm-Heeger was part of a team of students from Indiana University, the University of Kentucky, Ohio University, the University of Nebraska, and others. The team was among eight finalists in the international competition.
At the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Brehm-Heeger manages an $8.5 million budget, 515 full-time employees, and a 500,000 square-foot main library and 40 branch facilities. She also helped create a 9,000 square-foot MakerSpace in the main library, which provides the public with access to 3D printers, laser cutters and engravers, cameras, audio/visual equipment, and hardware and software tools.
The NKU MPA program develops managers and leaders to serve government agencies, nonprofit organizations and citizens in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region and beyond. Students are actively engaged in the curriculum through community-based research, service learning and student philanthropy. They are also provided with opportunities to network with other government and nonprofit professionals, such as through NASPAA and the ASPA-GCC.
For more information, please visit http://mpa.nku.edu.