MPA Student Named to Governor’s Fellows Program

June 3, 2019


David Lehman

BATON ROUGEDavid Lehman has been selected for the 2019 Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program. Lehman is an MPA candidate at LSU and is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is working toward his master’s in public administration, economics and public policy. He is a member of LSU’s Economics and Policy Research Group and president of the Public Administration Student Association. Lehman will be working with Louisiana Economic Development.

"The Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program is an opportunity for the students to gain firsthand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government,” said Richard White, dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. Interning in the public sector or completing a fellowship helps students build a network and gives them a significant advantage in the job market.  David is an outstanding student, and it’s terrific to see that his hard work led to this honor."

The Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government is an opportunity for college and university students to experience public policy in action, learn the rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government and earn three hours of academic credit. Each Fellow will be assigned to a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by collaborating with agency leaders on existing projects, observing firsthand the governor’s leadership strategies, and learning how state policies are developed. Fellows will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance their overall experience and understanding of the Louisiana government and current affairs.

“We are very proud that second-year MPA student David Lehman was selected as a 2019 Louisiana Governor’s Fellow,” said Jaren Llorens, director of the Department of Public Administration. “The highly selective Fellows program provides students with the opportunity to work directly with senior executives in the governor’s administration and is a great jump-start for those students seeking careers in public service. As our current student association president, David is a great ambassador for our MPA program, and we hope that his selection is the first of many to come.”

About the Department of Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a 45-hour degree program that emphasizes management, public policy 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.

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business