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About Public Administration

The Public Administration Department traces its origin to the establishment of an undergraduate Public Administration concentration. Under the leadership of Dr. Tyrone Baines, this concentration, created within the Department of Political Science started in 1973 and grew to produce an impressive array of public sector professionals. The Master of Public Administration program was established in 1985 and was led by Dr. Clarence Brown. In 2001, under the guidance of Dr. William Lewis, Public Administration became an autonomous department. Four years later, in 2005, under the direction of Ronald Penny, Esq, the department established the Executive Master of Public Administration Program. In 2014, Dr. Emmanuel Oritsejafor became the Chair of the Public Administration Department. Under Dr. Oritsejafor the MPA Program added five specializations that include: Law and Society, Human Resources, Non-Profit, Public Health Policy and Urban and Regional Planning.

In 2017, Dr. Zaphon R. Wilson was named Department Chair after a national search. Under Wilson’s watch, the MPA Program reduced the number of credit hours from 45 to 42 credit hours and developed a partnership with the City of Durham on Public Budget Initiative.

The Department is a unit within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the NCCU Graduate School.


The Department of Public Administration at North Carolina Central University strives to prepare students, from diverse backgrounds, to become professionals with the knowledge and skills required for ethical leadership in the public and non-profit sectors through effective teaching, applied and scholarly research and service to developing communities.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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