Electoral District III includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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Professor and MPA Director
University of North Carolina—Charlotte
Tom Barth is currently the MPA Director at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He came to Charlotte last fall after serving at UNC Wilmington for nearly 20 years, where he founded the MPA program and also served as a chair of the Department of Public Science and two years as the interim vice chancellor for public service and continuing studies.
Barth considers himself a “pracademic,” as his professional career began as a Presidential Management Intern, working as an analyst at NASA, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency during the Reagan Administration. While working in management development at the EPA, he became interested in teaching and research, and decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech while he continued to work in the federal government. Upon earning his Ph.D., he took his first faculty position at the University of Memphis.
Barth has always found himself most at home in regional universities where MPA faculty have the freedom to devote time to teaching, research and community engagement; each activity informs the others. His areas of focus include organization theory, human resource management, strategic planning, leadership and ethics. Current projects include the facilitation of community-police conversations in Wilmington, NC, survey research on the integration of core values in local government and interviews on the personal leadership skills and qualities necessary to be an effective community bridge builder.
Professor and MPA Program Director
University of Alabama—Birmingham
Akhlaque Haque is professor and MPA program director in the department of political science and public administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the president of the Alabama Chapter of ASPA and serves on the SECoPA Board. Recently, he served as conference chair for the 2018 SECoPA, which was held in Birmingham. He is a long time member of ASPA and has held leadership positions with ASPA and NASPAA. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has been active in national and international development initiatives through his work on GIS and public policy, and is frequently sought for research counsel including as an expert panelist for a U.S. Congressional briefing. He is currently serving his second term (2002-05; 2017-) as editorial board member with Public Administration Review and, since 2015, serving as associate editor for Economic Development Quarterly. He served on the national advisory board of Data Management Task Force of NASPAA and currently serves on the NASPAA Research Committee.
Haque studies the complex social nature of the human enterprise as it relates to information, technology, ethics and social justice, administrative decisionmaking and urban and rural population health. He is the author of Surveillance, Transparency and Democracy: Public Administration in the Information Age (University of Alabama Press, 2015). He received his Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and his master's degree and PhD in urban and public affairs from Cleveland State University.
Terry G. Murphy
Office of Inspector General, Miami-Dade County, FL
Terry Murphy is honored to serve on ASPA's executive committee the 2017-2018 National Council Representative. A practitioner who works as a contract oversight specialist with the Office of Inspector General in Miami-Dade County, Murphy remains active in the academic world as an adjunct professor at Florida International University. He is a board member of ASPA's South Florida Chapter. During his term as President of the Chapter, he initiated the "Best Practices" Conference, a popular annual event that continues to recognize the good works of public administrators throughout South Florida.
For more than 20 years, Murphy served as a policy advisor to elected county officials. In 2011, the electorate provided Murphy an opportunity to pursue his doctoral degree full time. After graduating, and a brief stint as a government consultant, Murphy was recruited to serve as policy advisor to the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission. Steadfast in his conviction that public service is a noble field, he is now at home with the dedicated men and women of the Inspector General’s Office, an agency dedicated to maintaining integrity and ethics among practitioners in the field of public administration.