2012 has been a busy year for the Robertson School of Government and one of achievement by our faculty and students. For two years in a row, we've graduated the largest classes in our history. We re-instituted the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program under Professor James Slack. Our faculty published five new books in 2012 as well as numerous journal articles and were featured in countless media spots. We welcomed to our campus the Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S., members of Congress, two former U.S. Attorney Generals, and multiple other distinguished leaders. We also sent our students to study abroad during the summer and to work on campaigns in the fall.
These achievements are the success stories of real people, some of whom you will meet in this newsletter. Professor Gary Roberts launched our revitalized Master of Public Administration program this fall. He is an expert on ethics in public life and the human capital challenges facing our country, which he discusses in a recent co-authored book Impending Danger. We also feature MPA student Theresa Judge, who has served as president of the Council of Graduate Students at Regent and was a 2012 Moton Fellow. Finally, we introduce alum Miguel Moreno, director of international and governmental programs for The Leadership Institute, located in Arlington, Va.
As we enter the Christmas season, please accept my best wishes that you and your family recollect and experience the true reason for the season, the advent of Jesus Christ, and may the year ahead be one of joy and blessing for you.
Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean, Robertson School of Government
"What would Jesus do... if he served in government?” asks Associate Professor Gary Roberts. “I help students think through this question with readings such as ‘Jesus on Leadership’ (Wilkes) and ‘Shepherd Leadership’ (McCormick & Davenport). It is a joy to see the education process transform students’ thinking on ethical leadership.”
Gary Roberts joined Regent University in 2003, having previously served as a tenured faculty member at Farleigh Dickinson University and the University of Memphis. Professor Roberts has worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors in the areas of human resource management and community development. His teaching areas include nonprofit administration, human resource management, and public administration. Because of this varied expertise, he has taught in the School of Business as well as the Robertson School of Government.
Professor Roberts says that it is relationships that are critical to RSG’s excellence: “At RSG, we focus on student mentorship, developing long-term relationships beyond graduation. I am proud of how RSG faculty help students sharpen and refine their career and spiritual goals and calling by a curriculum that integrates best practice education, service learning opportunities, high visibility internships and numerous networking opportunities with leading governmental and nonprofit decision makers and stakeholders.”
When asked about his work, Professor Roberts relates, “My current research interests center on workplace spiritual intelligence or how Christians integrate faith into the workplace, servant leader human resource policy and practice, the impact of the religious friendly workplace, and organizational policies to promote employee work-life balance.” He has found a growing interest in these areas, as more companies and institutions realize that ethical issues affect the bottom line.
In addition to his work revitalizing the Masters of Public Administration program in RSG, which launched in Fall 2012, Professor Roberts served as interim dean of the school for two years. One of his colleagues observes, “Gary Roberts has the heart of a true servant leader: he wants the very best for all of those around him and he defines success in holistic terms that includes not only numbers and statistics, but spiritual vitality as well.”
Professor Roberts maintains an active research agenda, having authored 45 plus journal articles and book chapters on various human resource and public management issues. He is currently working on three books in the area of leadership, servant leader human resource management, and workplace spiritual intelligence. His work appears in the Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Productivity & Management Review, American Review of Public Administration, and Public Personnel Management, and other academic journals.
Student Profile: Theresa Judge–Participating in The PhD Project
"The PhD Project, an award-winning program designed to create diversity in corporate management, recently invited Regent University Robertson School of Government student Theresa Judge, to participate in their annual conference. Held Nov. 14-16, the conference exposed Judge and the other candidates to more than 100 doctoral-level programs across the country.
The PhD Project was created in 1994 to address the severe
under-representation of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native
Americans in management by diversifying business school faculty.
According to The PhD Project, a diverse faculty encourages more
minorities to pursue business degrees, thereby increasing the pool of
minority applicants for positions in today's multicultural corporate
Judge joined other qualified candidates at the two and a half-day conference where they heard from deans, professors and current minority doctoral students about the benefits of pursuing a business Ph.D.
"I learned that the pursuit of a doctoral degree is a challenging, yet rewarding experience," Judge said. "I was able to gain insight on the lifecycle of a doctoral candidate when I attended a panel consisting of first, second and third year doctoral students. I also had the opportunity to interact with scholars and professors during small workshops focused on my desired area of study, organizational behavior. Throughout the conference, we were given advice from admissions counselors, participated in a GMAT seminar, and attended a college fair where we met representatives from AACSB accredited business schools from across the country."
Judge is a student in RSG pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Law and Public Policy. She currently serves as president of the Council of Graduate Students (COGS).
Judge is also taking courses in the School of Business & Leadership. "The knowledge obtained from taking courses in both schools will help me in reaching my future career goals which include pursing a [business-related] Ph.D.," Judge said. "I think that after attending this conference I am more committed to pursuing a Ph.D., and I now understand the importance of having a diverse representation of scholars in this field."
When The PhD Project was created, there were only 294 doctorally qualified African-American, Hispanic American or Native American minority business professors in all U.S. business schools. Today there are 1,158 minority business professors, an increase of more than 250 percent. Further, 374 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs and will take their place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.
Miguel Moreno, from Bolivia, already had extensive experience as a leader when he decided to attend Regent University. At a young age, Miguel became active in the government of his country and worked in large corporations. He also served as a Navy officer.
When Miguel decided to study in the United States, he asked his brother, a Tufts/Harvard graduate, what school he would recommend—fully expecting the answer to be Harvard or a similar Ivy League university. Instead, his brother suggested he attend Regent. Miguel's brother became a Christian while studying at Tufts/Harvard. Watching the transformation in his brother's life is what led Miguel to accept Christ. Read his story.
Before each of his inaugurations as governor of Missouri, JohnAshcroft requested that his father, an Assemblies of God minister, lead a prayer service to ask for God's guidance. When he won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1995, his father was very ill but made the train ride to Washington, D.C., to attend the dedication service.
As he was about to anoint his son with oil, the elder Ashcroft shared, "The spirit of Washington is arrogance, and the spirit of Christ is humility. Put on the spirit of Christ. Nothing of lasting value has ever been accomplished in arrogance."
Dean Patterson Visits with Congressman Scott Rigell
Dr. Eric Patterson, Dean, School of Govenrment enjoys a visit to the Regent University campus by Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA) and Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) in November 2012.
RSG Lunch & Learn Series with Dr. James Slack
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
RSG 2013 Speakers Series
Focus on the Family Vice President Timothy S. Goeglein
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Communication Building, Main Theatre
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
View event details.
Student Essay Contest Deadline Approaching – Reagan Symposium 2013
Deadline to Enter - December 31, 2012