Nation's First Practitioner-in-Residence/Online Joins RSG
Regent University's Robertson School of
Government recently welcomed Sam Gaston, city manager of Mountain Brook,
Ala., as a new faculty member for the school's Master of Public
Administration (MPA) program. Gaston will be a
practitioner-in-residence/online—the nation's first MPA program
practitioner-in-residence position dedicated to online teaching,
scholarship and student career guidance.
Gaston has been city manager of
Mountain Brook for 21 years. He is past president of the International
City/County Management Association (ICMA) and formerly served as an
adjunct professor in the MPA program at The University of Alabama at
Birmingham (UAB) from 2000-2014.
"We are fortunate to have the exclusive dedication of an internationally
renowned practitioner. Our MPA students and alumni will benefit
tremendously in multiple ways from the expertise and experience of
Professor Gaston," said RSG's dean, Dr. Eric Patterson.
Gaston will maintain his position as city manager, and will offer one
online course each semester, provide online career advisement to
Regent's MPA students located in the U.S. and throughout the world, lead
on-campus events four times a year, and assist in the school's
accreditation to the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs
"We encourage prospective students, working anywhere in the world's
government and nonprofit sectors, to take courses and learn from this
proven practitioner," added Dr. James Slack, professor in RSG and the
MPA program director.
"I am very pleased and humbled to join the Robertson School of
Government's MPA program as we strive to provide a Christian-based
approach to public administration and leadership," said Gaston.
Beginning its third year, RSG's MPA program is the first Christian-based MPA program in the nation.
Learn more about the Robertson School of Government.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888