International College HIres First Full-Time Public Administration Program Professor

International College has hired Telemate Jackreece, Ph.D., as its first full-time Public Administration Program professor.

Since the College launched a Master of Public Administration program in fall 2001, the program has grown in popularity. There are 18 students in the MPA program. Officials expect that number to continue increasing. Jackreece joins the existing public administration faculty, comprised of six faculty members from related college programs.

“We needed a full-time professor to facilitate the development and expansion of the program,” said Frederick Nerone, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business. International College introduced a new dual track option this fall, giving public administration graduate students the option of pursuing a traditional government track or a distinctive nonprofit track.

Jackreece is originally from Nigeria, but left in 1982, at the age of 25, to live in the United States to seek academic and economic opportunities.

“I was frustrated with the lack of opportunity. There was no academic freedom either,” Jackreece said, adding he knew no one when he arrived and lived alone while working to afford college.

Jackreece comes to International College with 13 years of teaching experience, with an emphasis in public administration, policy and governmental issues, and a background in adult education. During that time, Jackreece taught subjects ranging from American National Government and American Public Administration to American States and Local Government. He also has contributed his ideas to various publications and books.

In addition to teaching classes at both campuses, Jackreece also will volunteer over the next two years at various divisions within Collier County government, Naples City Government and area nonprofits as part of a public service outreach.

“Dr. Jackreece was a good fit because he possesses in-depth knowledge of public administration processes, superior academic preparation, extensive experience in teaching adult learners, and he has special interests and qualifications in environmental policy and management,” Nerone said. “Additionally, his community involvement will allow him to gain that insider perspective, which he will be able to teach students. Students will come out of our program better qualified for their respective fields.”

Jackreece holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Grambling State University and a doctoral degree in Public Policy and Administration, with a minor in rural sociology, from Mississippi State University.
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