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Nation's First Practitioner-in-Residence/Online Joins RSG

| June 23, 2014

Sam Gaston with Dr. James Slack (L) and Dr. Eric Patterson from the Robertson School of Government.

Regent University's Robertson School of Government recently welcomed Sam Gaston, city manager of Mountain Brook, Ala., as a new faculty member for the school's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Gaston will be a practitioner-in-residence/online—the nation's first MPA program practitioner-in-residence position dedicated to online teaching, scholarship and student career guidance.

Gaston has been city manager of Mountain Brook for 21 years. He is past president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and formerly served as an adjunct professor in the MPA program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) from 2000-2014.

"We are fortunate to have the exclusive dedication of an internationally renowned practitioner. Our MPA students and alumni will benefit tremendously in multiple ways from the expertise and experience of Professor Gaston," said RSG's dean, Dr. Eric Patterson.

Gaston will maintain his position as city manager, and will offer one online course each semester, provide online career advisement to Regent's MPA students located in the U.S. and throughout the world, lead on-campus events four times a year, and assist in the school's accreditation to the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

"We encourage prospective students, working anywhere in the world's government and nonprofit sectors, to take courses and learn from this proven practitioner," added Dr. James Slack, professor in RSG and the MPA program director.

"I am very pleased and humbled to join the Robertson School of Government's MPA program as we strive to provide a Christian-based approach to public administration and leadership," said Gaston.

Beginning its third year, RSG's MPA program is the first Christian-based MPA program in the nation.

Learn more about the Robertson School of Government.


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