Monday, October 14, 2013

Mon Oct 21 SPIA Roundtable on Leadership & Administration: The Inclusiveness of Cities

Roundtable on Leadership and Administration: The Inclusiveness of Cities…Through the Lens of the Seasoned Public Administrator

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

Monday, October 21, 2013

Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs
1021 Prince Street, Alexandria

A lively discussion with two seasoned Public Administrators, Regina V. K. Williams and Calvin Jamison. Both served as Administrators for large urban cities in Virginia. They will discuss the challenges and rewards of managing a complex City government. If you work in government as a public administrator, the discussion will include the competencies needed to be successful.


Calvin Jamison. Ph.D.
Jamison is Vice President for Administration with the University of Texas at Dallas. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hampton University and as CEO/City Manager of Richmond, Virginia. Prior to serving as City Manager of Richmond, Jamison spent 14 years in higher education with faculty and administrative roles at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech, including a position as Assistant to the President at Virginia Tech. He is also a former “Cadmus Leader in Residence” at the University of Richmond. He received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2006 for his many years of service and leadership to Virginia Tech and to the university’s Black Alumni Organization. Jamison earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree from Virginia Tech.

Regina V.K. Williams, Executive Director, National Forum of Black Public AdministratorsWilliams is the former City Manager, City of Norfolk, Virginia. Previously she was City Manager and Assistant City Manager for the City of San Jose, California, and Senior Deputy City Manager and Chief of Staff, City of Richmond, Virginia. Williams also served as Director of Personnel and Training for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as Director of Personnel for the City of Richmond, Virginia. She earned her MPA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor of science degree in English and sociology from Eastern Michigan University.

Moderated by Cheryl Orr, Adjunct Professor, Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy, and Director of Human Resources, Prince William County, VirginiaCheryl Orr, SPR, IPMA-CP, is Director of Human Resources at Prince William County Government, Virginia. She also is an adjunct professor with the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy in Alexandria, Virginia. Previously Orr was Director of Human Resources at the City of Alexandria. She has 25 years of experience in Public Administration with local governments in Virginia, including Arlington County, the City of Norfolk, Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria. In those positions, Orr demonstrated her skill in implementing departmental reorganizations, HR strategic plans, and classification and compensation plans. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wed Oct 9 Info Session about Grad Studies in Urban Planning, Public Admin, International Affairs at VT in OT Alexandria

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Info Session about Graduate Studies in Urban Planning, Public Administration, International Affairs at VT in Old Town Alexandria, VA

Join us on Wednesday, October 9 to learn about graduate studies that are offered by Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) in Old Town Alexandria, Va.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The information session for the Masters programs begins at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. for the Ph.D. programs.

Where: Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs, 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314
Metro: Blue/Yellow Line.  Bike rack parking available and we are a block away from Capital Bikeshare.

We offer five graduate degree programs at this location:

      Masters of Public and International Affairs
      Masters of Public Administration
      Masters of Urban and Regional Planning
      Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy
      Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization

Our programs feature outstanding faculty, small classes, and full- and part-time evening studies.

Thurs Oct 17 MI+SPIA Lecture, Navigating Contentious Planning and Policy Decisions: Lessons and Insights on Civic Engagement and Community Consensus Building from Public Policy Mediators and Social Justice Advocates

Hosted by the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, The Metropolitan Institute and the Urban Affairs and Planning program

Join us as we welcome two nationally known land use and public policy mediators, Donna Silverberg and Don Edwards, for the 2013 Fall MI+SPIA Lecture Series #2: “Navigating Contentious Planning and Policy Decisions: Lessons and Insights on Civic Engagement and Community Consensus Building from Public Policy Mediators and Social Justice Advocates,” on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

Increasingly, local residents, community leaders and public officials must seek consensus-based solutions to often contentious land use and environmental issues. What were once standard actions, such as infrastructure improvements and zoning changes, often get delayed by community opposition. Some residents may resist change while other voices and perspectives may be left out. Larger and more controversial issues, such as how to develop in light of increasing changes to our climate present even more difficulties in building mutual understanding and crafting collaborative solutions that benefit all members of our communities. How can policy makers and planners better deal with confusing, often contradictory civic input within a restrictive regulatory framework and sometimes hostile political climate? What techniques and tools can be harnessed that could lead to sustainable and widely supported public policy decisions?

Donna Silverberg, Portland, Oregon, and DC-based civic engagement and social justice adviser Don Edwards—will offer their thoughts on how the field and practice of dispute resolution and conflict management can help answer these and other important policy challenges. These two practitioners will share some of their dispute resolution tools and techniques when guiding public policy and civic engagement processes related to land use, sustainability, social equity, and smart growth recommendations and decisions.  The session will be moderated by Kathryn McCarty, the Administrative Services Chief with Arlington County Environmental Services and Professor of Practice for VT’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program.

Thursday, October 17th
6:30 to 7:30 pm (presentation); 7:30-8:00 (discussion)
Virginia Tech Research Center
900 N. Glebe Road
East/West Falls Church Room
Arlington, VA