PAI’s Hicks Accepted Into ASPA 2019 Class of Founders’ Fellows

January 28, 2019

Emmy Hicks headshot

Emmy Hicks.

BATON ROUGE – Emmy Hicks, a Master of Public Administration student from Thibodaux, LA in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Public Administration Institute, has been accepted into the 2019 Class of Founders’ Fellows by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

"The MPA program at LSU has developed my ability to think both critically and intensively,” said Hicks. “I am grateful to Dr. Llorens and the Public Administration Institute for providing the support and encouragement needed to not only apply, but also be awarded a 2019 ASPA Founder's Fellowship."

ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration. ASPA's members come from all areas of public administration: civil servants, city managers, elected officials appointed officials, researchers, scholars, thought leaders, nonprofit managers and more.

ASPA launched the Founders’ Fellows program in 2006 to support the next generation of public service leaders through a series of professional development opportunities. The Fellows attend and present at the Annual Conference on a subject matter paper on an issue related to their scholarship or work, which is also published in PA TIMES Online if they wish. Hicks will present her paper, Utilizing Collaborative Efforts across Multiple Disciplines in Higher Education as an Engine to Promote Social Change while Generating Interest in Higher Education Programs, at the Annual Conference in Washington, DC on Monday, March 11, 2019.

“We are extremely proud that Emmy Hicks has been selected as a 2019 ASPA Founders Fellow,” said Jared Llorens, director of the Public Administration Institute. He noted that the awarding of the fellowship is a tremendous honor for both Emmy and the LSU MPA program. “The Founders Fellowship is a highly competitive, national program and Emmy is the fourth LSU MPA student to have been selected in recent years. Our overall success with the Founders Fellowship program is a true testament to the strength and rigor of the LSU MPA curriculum.”

About the Public Administration Institute

The Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a 45-hour degree program that emphasizes management and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit, and health care organizations and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. PAI’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6743.

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit


Wendy Marx
E. J. Ourso College of Business