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In Academia FA C U LT Y


Park names director for Hauptmann School of Public Affairs


ith more than seven years of university administrative experience and program development, Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., brings a wealth of knowledge to the position of director for the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, Parkville campus. DiPadova-Stocks sought out the director position that supports master’s in public affairs (M.P.A.) program participation within the context of commitment to citizenship, service and civic engagement. “Dr. DiPadova-Stocks is an excellent addition to the Hauptmann School and to Park University,” said Michael Droge, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Her expertise in public affairs and in higher education makes her an ideal fit for the director position.” Prior to accepting the position, DiPadova-Stocks served at the University of Utah as the founding director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, an adjunct associate professor of public administration and political science, and deputy director and policy fellow for the Center for Public Policy and Administration. She also served as a university faculty outreach fellow, with consecutive terms as the executive

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director for the Office of Professional Education and executive director for the Office of Community Outreach and Services. “Dr. DiPadova-Stocks’ expertise in the field of public affairs will lead our lifelong learners to achieve higher excellence and will assist Park University as it continues to develop into a landmark institution,” remarked President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. DiPadova-Stocks holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in philosophy from the University of Virginia Mary Washington College, now the Women’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the University; a master of science degree in sociology of religion from the University of Utah; and a doctorate with a concentration in organizational theory and development, managerial leadership, and management theory and development from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany - State University of New York.

Nicolas A. Koudou, Ph.D.

differences between Benin and U.S. management and marketing practices in order to help determine the relevance of western management and marketing approaches to Benin culture and values. Furthermore, his research will include a pedagogical study on collegiate instruction and on student and professor working relationships in the United States and Benin. A native of the Ivory Coast in West Africa, Koudou immigrated to the United States in 1983 to seek a quality education. He chose to utilize the Fulbright Scholar Program as a means to repay the people of Africa. “My application for the Fulbright Scholar Program is Business professor named motivated by my desire to contribute to the quality of teaching and research in Fulbright Scholar Benin,” Koudou stated. He also suggests or the third consecutive year, a that people interested in the Fulbright Parkville campus faculty member program must be serious about the has participated in the Fulbright process. “An individual must believe in Scholar Program. The Fulbright himself or herself and be motivated to program was established under legislation apply for the program.” presented by former Arkansas Senator Koudou holds a bachelor’s degree in J. William Fulbright, “to promote mutual business administration with minors in understanding between the people of the economics and finance from the United States and the people of other University of Indianapolis, a master’s countries of the world.” degree in business administration from Nicolas A. Koudou, Ph.D., director Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., of graduate programs in business admin- and a doctorate in forest products maristration and associate professor of busiketing from Louisiana State University in ness administration, Parkville campus, is Baton Rouge. one of 800 American scholars named in 2003. Koudou will spend nine months in Communication professor the Republic of Benin, on the western coast of Africa, researching and teaching represents Kansas City area at the University of Abomey-Calavi. As a journalists in South Africa Fulbright Scholar, Koudou will instruct courses similar to his duties at Park: busiteven Youngblood, assistant profesness management, marketing and ecosor of communication arts, Parkville nomics. He will also spend 20 percent of campus, returned in March 2004 his time researching the similarities and from his trip to South Africa as part of



Profile for Park University

Park Alumniad, Fall 2004  

Park University alumni magazine, published Fall 2004

Park Alumniad, Fall 2004  

Park University alumni magazine, published Fall 2004