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The MPA program has a forty-year history of development since it was chartered by the State of Texas. Our 313 (1968 to 2008) graduates have found rewarding positions across a broad spectrum of organizations. These include, first-and-foremost, local governments but also non-profits and private sector corporations. A profile of the jobs and organizations of our graduates, as shown below, supports the conclusion that UH’s MPA program is a leading educator of public servants.

Pie graph of graduates and fields they have gone to

Here’s what alumni say about their UH MPA experience and their careers.

Brandon E. Wade, P.E., M.P.A. ‘99

David Hawes, M.P.A. 96’

Assistant General Manager
Gulf Coast Water Authority, Texas

Brandon is a 1999 graduate of the University of Houston MPA program, and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech in 1985. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas. Brandon previously was a Project Engineer for the City of Dallas, working in their Central Business District Capital Improvement Section, and also was the City of Dallas’ design and construction liaison to Dallas Area Rapid Transit for their light rail starter system. He has also served as the City Engineer of Richland Hills, Texas and Alvin, Texas, and was the Director of Public Works and Municipal Utilities for the City of Galveston. Brandon was previously the Deputy City Manager of Galveston, Texas and was the manager of the City’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike. He is currently the City Manager of Pflugerville, Texas.

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