UNT public administration conference to emphasize well-being and mental resilience amid pandemic-related change

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 10:15

What: University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service 2022 Master of Public Administration Annual Alumni-Student Conference

When: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. April 8 (Friday)

Where: UNT Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd., Denton, Texas

Media: Journalists interested in attending and/or discussing the event should contact Trista Moxley at Trista.Moxley@unt.edu or 850-543-8132.

More Info: Individual tickets are $40 before April 1. Individual tickets beginning April 1 are $60. UNT student tickets are $10 with student ID. Register now at one.unt.edu/pubadmin. Businesses, organizations or individuals can sponsor the event at a variety of levels listed at hps.unt.edu/2022-mpa-alumni. All event proceeds benefit the MPA Excellence Fund and sponsorships may be considered tax-deductible. For more information on the event, contact Bob Bland at robert.bland@unt.edu.


The conference, highlighting the theme “New Horizons in Public Service,” will examine the effect that COVID-19 has had on the workplace for public and nonprofit organizations. Individual sessions will feature experts, as well as round table discussions on the pandemic's impact on metal resiliency, well-being and working conditions of those in public service.

Denton County Judge Andy Eads, a UNT public administration alumnus, will deliver the annual Chester A. Newland Colloquium, named in honor of one of the founders of UNT’s master’s of public administration program and international leader in public service education. Eads will build on the morning sessions through his talk by addressing how local government, and specifically Denton County, has adapted to the new realities brought on by the pandemic. His address will expand not only the impact on employees, but also on citizens and their expectations for county government.

“The MPA Alumni-Student Conference has become a featured event for engaging candid dialogue on issues of concern to public managers,” said Bob Bland, Endowed Professor of Local Government and organizer of this year’s event. “This year's conference promises to be especially engaging because of the topic's timeliness and its pervasive impact on all organizations.”

Conference schedule:

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Mock Interviews/Networking and Sponsor Tables
  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. New Horizons in the Public and Nonprofit Workforce
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. New Horizons in Wellbeing and Mental Resilience
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Luncheon and Chester A. Newland Colloquium Address: Denton County Judge Andy Eads (MPA ‘96)
  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Public Administration and Disaster Management Dessert Reception
  • 2:30 p.m. Public Administration Student Association Reception and Networking at East Side Denton, 117 East Oak St. in Denton

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

Media Contacts:

Trista Moxley