Faculty

Eric Patterson, Ph.D.

Dean

Professor

MPA Program

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Message From The Dean

Political scientist Harold Lasswell famously wrote, “Politics is who gets what, when, and how.”

Like any government or political science program across the country, the Robertson School of Government (RSG) will instruct you about these things. But students who choose the RSG come here because we teach much more — we teach the “why.” We help students understand the ideas and values that underpin political thought and action.

George Washington understood this, which is why he argued “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”

James Madison understood this, writing that we need government because men are not angels. Ronald Reagan understood this, asserting that “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

Despite Lasswell’s assurance that politics is simply about material things, many of America’s enemies, from the Nazis to the Soviets to al Qaeda, have also understood that politics is about ideas. Consequently, RSG graduates are distinctive in that they master Lasswell’s inventory as well as the “why.”

RSG’s mission is to train leaders who desire to strengthen the ethical and moral foundation of Judeo-Christian principles in government, and who are called to preserve individual freedom, representative democracy, and constitutional government.

Our graduates leave Regent University rooted in a biblical worldview, trained and shaped by a caring, Christian faculty in a rigorous academic environment.

From city hall to Capitol Hill and from non-profit humanitarian organizations to the governor’s mansion, RSG alumni go on to live Regent’s motto of “Christian leadership to change the world.” I invite you to join us at the Robertson School of Government.

Eric Patterson, Ph.D.

Dean

Professor

MPA Program

The Robertson School of Government has crafted an academic team whose mission is to train the next generation of principled Christian leaders. Your educational foundation will benefit from professors who are published scholars, or who were leaders in Washington, D.C., former Cabinet members, retired military officers, and practitioners from local and state government.

Our faculty hold advanced degrees from institutions such as Aberystwyth, Brandeis, Duke, Oxford University, Michigan, and the University of Virginia.

They have a passion for teaching and a love for students. Throughout our program your confidence will rise as you acquire the tools and knowledge needed to fulfill your life’s mission.

Meet Our Faculty

Elijah Agyapong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

MPA Program

  eagyapong@regent.edu
John Ashcroft, JD

Distinguished Professor of Law and Government

 
Philip C. Bom, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

 
Edwin Daley, DPA

Practitioner-in-Residence

MPA Program

  edaley@regent.edu
Charles W. Dunn, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

 
Sam S. Gaston, MPA

Practitioner-in-Residence/Online

MPA Program

  sgaston@regent.edu
Joseph N. Kickasola, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

 
Mary Manjikian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Dean

MPA Program

757.352.4138 mmanjikian@regent.edu
Robert F. "Bob" McDonnell, Governor

Distinguished Professor

 
Gary E. Roberts, Ph.D.

MPA Director

Professor

MPA Program

757.352.4962 garyrob@regent.edu
Patricia L. West, JD

Distinguished Professor

Associate Dean of Career, Alumni & Student Services

757.352.4040 pwest@regent.edu