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UCCS School of Public Affairs alumna Gail Nehls with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Over the years, the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) have emerged as vital professional degrees in the nonprofit and public service and criminal justice fields. For hundreds of UCCS School of Public Affairs alumni, their degrees have launched successful careers, ranging from commander of a police department, CEO of a nonprofit, resource development officer, and teachers.


“I didn’t learn what to think-I learned how to think. I learned to think in frameworks and context. I learned to trust process, to appreciate ambiguity and to think outside the box,” states Mary Lou Makepeace, 1979 graduate of the School of Public Affairs, and Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

The alumni of the UCCS School of Public Affairs are working directly with people, building positive relationships and modeling for others. They are influencing people with efficient and effective management and leadership skills. They are asking and answering the right questions, applying knowledge. They are identifying problems, developing solutions and launching solutions. These are all skills identified as necessary for successful employment (Bill Coplin, 2003).

MPA Alumna Spotlight: Gail Nehls

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