Alumni Testimonials

Cassandra Alessio 

MPA Student

“I work in political fundraising for city, county, state, and federal elected officials. Now, I am a graduate student studying for my Master’s in Public Administration. I like that my classes are with other professionals who I can learn from and build relationships with. My goal is to use my degree and the classes I took to pursue a career in public policy.” 

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Anthony Ambrose

Public Safety Director, City of Newark, NJ

“My studies taught me various levels of critical leadership that allowed me to stand alongside of the law enforcement leaders, politicians and businesspeople from all walks of life.”

“I highly recommend the FDU graduate program due to the wide–ranging impact in helping me to lead a police division and a fire division and OEM of more than 2500 employees. People say that experience is the best teacher, but I believe that experience is only one part of success. Gaining a great education such as the one I achieved from FDU will add solid credibility to your future.”

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Lawrence C Anderson 

Program Manager of Compliance and Regulatory Initiatives for a prominent NYC health insurance company

“If you’re someone looking for an MPA program that is a lightning rod for business professionals, FDU should be at the top of the list. The top-tier engagement of faculty and students can never be underestimated in contributing to the success of future endeavors, both personally and professionally.”

Marlenis Rosa

Family Service Specialist, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Union County’s Child Advocacy Center

“With a foundational education, one can change the world and impact others in unimaginable ways.

The [MPA] degree provides me the opportunity to think outside of the box to address programs and policies that are not effective. Since I obtained my degree, I have been promoted within my agency and able to evolve to different roles. Overall, the program has helped me grow personally and professionally, and will help me make a greater difference in the world in the future.”

Cesar Correa

City Administrator, City of Locust, NC

“Receiving my MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University paved the way for a successful career in local government.

The courses are relevant to day-to-day operations of a municipality, the instructors brought their personal experience directly from their field of work into the classroom, and the schedule allowed me the flexibility to attend school while still working. I felt confident and prepared stepping into my first day of work, 3 months prior to graduation.”

Rasheen M. Peppers Sr.

Captain, City of Newark, Department of Public Safety, Newark Police Division

“Obtaining my MPA from FDU has afforded me a more in-depth approach in leading my team in a servant leadership capacity. My education at FDU instilled the principles of balancing the tenets of leadership (i.e. self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, motivation, social skills), which pays high dividends in the success of your organization.”

Carolyn Ross 

Talent Development Department, Valley Health System

“I don’t know why I waited so long. I finally decided to jump right in. It’s going to take me some time to complete the degree, but that time is going to pass anyway, so I may as well get on with it! I’m really glad to be in class with my colleagues and peers. FDU has been great offering support, reaching out through their advisors.”