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LMU Master of Public Administration (MPA) - About Us

The Master of Public Administration program at Lincoln Memorial University began in the Fall 2015 semester and is housed in the Duncan School of Law building in Knoxville, Tennessee. Our program is dedicated to providing a unique learning experience characterized by personal attention in order to help our students gain knowledge and achieve fulfillment in their area of interest.


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Current and Former Student Profiles

Brendan Kelley (MPA)

Brendan Kelley

Brendan Kelley graduated from the LMU Master of Public Administration program in May 2019. Originally from Oneonta, New York, Brendan is currently living in St. Johns, Michigan where he serves as the Executive Director of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce. In his position, Brendan is developing educational and networking programs to provide more opportunity for COC members to discover value in their membership. These programs include the re-introduction of Business After Hours events, the development of the Gratiot Young Professionals Network and their networking and leadership offerings, the introduction of Lunch and Learn opportunities, and the connection of members to needed educational resources. Brendan’s policy interests include infrastructure restoration and business development. Outside of the office, Brendan enjoys running, minor league baseball, and he served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Montana.

Jessica Whitmill
Jessica Whitmill

Jessica Whitmill graduated from the LMU Master of Public Administration program in May 2018. A native of Morristown, Jessica currently resides in Nashville where she serves as the Policy and Outreach Manager for Tennesseans for Student Success, a nonprofit organization that does education advocacy and policy work around college and career readiness. Jessica is also a registered lobbyist and works with members of the Tennessee General Assembly on key issues surrounding student achievement. Her dream job would be to work for a national policy organization or foundation that works with education and economic development. In her spare time, Jessica is a member of Hamiltunes Nashville, which has a special contract with the creators of Hamilton to produce sing-a-long stage concerts of the show!