MPA Alum wins Distinguished Practitioner Award

Genny May speaking

Genny May accepting award 

September 26, 2019

BATON ROUGE - LSU Department of Public Administration Alumni of the Year, Genny May, won the Kathryn E. Hensley Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Award at the 2019 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, hosted by the LSU Department of Public Administration at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.

This award recognizes sustained outstanding achievement in, and contributions to, public administration and public service through applied practice in the field. Award criteria include the development and implementation of innovative programs or processes that positively impacted an organization; the ability to inspire, problem-solve, and move an organization forward while demonstrating the highest excellence and ethical standards; positively impact their organization and community; and the implementation of significant changes that enhanced work productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and quality.

May served as a deputy sheriff and state trooper, becoming one of the first five women to serve in the Louisiana State Police, and rose through the ranks to the position of lieutenant colonel. She held the rank of master chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, serving for 23 years on active and reserve duty, both in the United States and abroad. May is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and holds a master’s in public administration from LSU, a master’s in criminal justice from Southern University Baton Rouge, and a both a master’s in urban studies and PhD in urban studies from the University of New Orleans. In 2010, she was appointed by the President to serve as the United States Marshal of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Since 1969, the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) has been the gathering place of ideas for public service practitioners, researchers and students in our ten-state region. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to engage in scholarly discourse, discover the latest innovations in the field, share ideas from practitioners in the field, and network with other public service administrators across the region.

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. DPA’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally-recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6743.



Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business