Famous and Influential MPA Degree Holders

Famous and Influential MPA Degree Holders
Whether you pursue your masters of public administration online or on-campus, you are joining the ranks of some pretty hallowed individuals who have taken their education and helped shaped the entire world. You might not recognize all of these names, but their impact and their influence on international affairs cannot be denied.

David Petraeus, Former Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency

Does it surprise you that this retired general and former director of the CIA is an MPA degree holder? He has one of the most recognizable names in the world, having served in the US military as a four-star general and then as CIA director from 2011 until 2012. His MPA and Ph.D. (in international relations) both derive from his studies at Princeton University.

Bill O’ Reilly, TV Host

Love him or hate him, he is a mainstay on the broadcast journalism stage, raising eyebrows and tempers both with his blunt commentary on politics. After completing a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism, O’ Reilly went on to become an anchor for the wildly popular Inside Edition for six years. Then in 1995, to further his education in and understanding of politics, he pursued an MPA at Harvard.

Ellen Sirleaf, President of Liberia

Another Harvard MPA graduate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 24th and current president of Liberia, has been a public figure and servant for much of her life. After receiving her education in the United States, Sirleaf worked as assistant minister of finance for President William Tolbert, the Vice President of Citibank and as one of the founding members of the International Institute for Women in Political Leadership. After leaving her native country twice in exile, she was elected in 2005 as Liberia’s first female president, and in 2011 Sirleaf and two other women were honored with the Nobel Prize.

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