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Rutgers’ Center for Executive Leadership in Government Hosts Nigerian Officials for Global Mini-MPA

Global Mini-MPA program

Five public and industry officials from Nigeria are at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., this week (December 9-14) to participate in the Global Mini-MPAtm certificate program offered by the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG).

The visiting officials hold leadership positions at various levels of government and in the private sector in the African nation.

The Global Mini-MPAtm (master’s in public administration) is tailored to the specific needs of the visitors’ nation and government agencies. The curriculum covers management concepts, techniques, and skills required for policy implementation. Topics include constitutionalism and rule of law; urban policy and planning; financial management; decision making, and leadership.

The visitors were welcomed to Rutgers by David Finegold, senior vice president for Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth Initiatives. They are staying at the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center and attending classes at CELG’s headquarters in downtown New Brunswick.

The intensive, one-week program is taught by Rutgers faculty and current and former New Jersey public officials. Instructors include Stephanie Bush-Baskette, former commissioner of the N.J. department of Community Affairs and faculty member at Rutgers-Camden; Richard Keevey, former budget director and comptroller for the State of New Jersey and current faculty member at Rutgers’ School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, and Christopher Raths, Roxbury municipal manager.

Instructors also include Carl Van Horn, professor of public policy and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Kyle Farmbry, associate dean of the Graduate School-Newark; Dorothy Olshfski, associate professor with CELG; Tricia Nolfi, assistant director of marketing, Division of Continuing Studies; attorney and Center for Government Services faculty Robert Rice; and Angie McGuire, director of CELG.

CELG is a unit of the Center for Government Services at Rutgers. Its programs aim to strengthen the leadership capacity of individuals and teams responsible for delivering public and not-for-profit programs in New Jersey and beyond.  

CELG education and training opportunities help public sector professionals at all levels build knowledge, address best practices, and navigate changes in the field. Programs are designed and facilitated by faculty and professionals who, through their insight and experience, inspire new ways of thinking about organizations and introduce innovative approaches to guiding change.

For more information about CELG’s programs, visit the website, send email, or call 732-932-6998, ext. 608.

PHOTO CAPTION: David Finegold,  senior vice president for Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth Initiatives, offers an overview of Rutgers University to visiting Nigerian officials during the first session of the Global Mini-MPAtm certificate program.



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