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With 2020 quickly coming into view, we reflect on the excitement 2019 has brought us. Our new home at UCF Downtown has allowed us to continue forging strong relationships on local, national and international stages.

UCF School of Public Administration now offers the only graduate public policy program in the State University System of Florida and only the 2nd program of its kind in the state. 

Our School holds the top two program rankings at UCF with our emergency management program at #7 and nonprofit management program at #8, according to U.S. News and World Report. As our NASPAA-accredited nonprofit management program continues to grow, we've welcomed three new faculty members to UCF SPA. 
Our 18th annual nonprofit conference brought together over 100 nonprofit professionals, community members and representatives from UCF to discuss how we can work together to change create change in our community. One of the panelists for this year's conference is a SPA alum, who is using his own nonprofit to provide resources to homeless individuals including mobile showers, haircuts and clothing. 

A team of UCF researchers, including several SPA students and alums, presented their work on the impact of recent hurricanes during the annual Governor's Hurricane Conference, which brings together thousands of emergency management personnel from across the entire state of Florida. Associate Professor, Chris Emrich, and his team, received a $3.4 million grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Gulf Research Program to develop a program that allows potential homebuyers to evaluate property risks before purchasing.  
On a global scale, the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management welcomed over 100 practitioners and academics from across the globe to the annual Public Administration Research Conference for its 14th year. A new dual degree program with Kaunas University of Technology provides students an opportunity to obtain bachelor's degrees in nonprofit management and public administration from UCF and KTU, respectively. A $250,000 donation from the Kojelis Family, US Baltic Foundation will support students in the new program.  

This has been a year of change and transition for the UCF School of Public Administration. As we prepare to welcome our new graduates to the SPA alumni family after this week’s commencement and move into 2020, I look forward to the continuation of the remarkable strides that we have made this year.

Best wishes to you and your family during this beautiful holiday season! 
Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.
Director, UCF School of Public Administration
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