Each year, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration presents the Paul G. Keough Outstanding Student of Public Administration Award to a student who has shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm, and promise for a career in the public sector.
This year's recipient is Stacy Randell, who will complete her master of science degree in public affairs (MSPA) this spring at UMass Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.
Randell came to the MSPA program with more than 20 years of experience working to improve social equity through education and knowledge generation. Throughout her career in public service, she has worked with homeless families, teenagers, parents, and other groups.
Randell has posted a 3.98 GPA in the MSPA program, and her work has drawn the attention of faculty member such as Amy Smith, an assistant professor of public policy and public affairs.
"The confluence of Stacy’s academic abilities and public service commitment is truly demonstrated in her final capstone report, which examines the impact of a school-run violence prevention program on families in a socioeconomically disadvantaged community," Smith said.
“Stacy’s character is that of an optimist, a believer in government, a collaborator, and leader in her community. She embodies all that is remarkable in public service.”
Randell's award continues a tradition of excellence at UMass Boston. Students from McCormack's MSPA program have won the Keough award in three of the last four years. Randell follows 2010 winner John Harding and 2012 honoree Daniel Moriarty.
"It’s pretty impressive, as we’re competing against all other public administration schools in the state,” said McCormack Dean Ira A. Jackson.
The award is named in memory of Paul G. Keough, an administrator at the local Environmental Protection Agency. The award honors Keough’s memory as a teacher, mentor, and public servant.