Meet Earvin! He is in his second year of the MPA program. Earvin graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2008 and is currently a full-time Police Officer with the Villanova University Department of Public Safety.
1) Tell us a little bit about your professional background. How has your time with the MPA program thus far helped you in your career?
I’ve held positions related to safety, security, and investigations for the last 14 years. I’ve been a retail loss prevention executive, private investigator, security staff supervisor, and I am currently a Villanova University police officer. As a leader and dedicated public servant, the MPA program has encouraged more deliberative and unbiased ethical thinking on my part before making critical decisions as well as considering the impact my decisions will have on others. It’s reinforced my ability to focus on the greater good of the Villanova community and society as a whole while making the pivotal decisions that are associated with my line of work.
2) What do you think is the most valuable aspect of Villanova’s MPA program?
The most valuable aspects of Villanova’s MPA program are the level of expertise held by the instructors, student diversity, and smaller class sizes. The program’s instructors clearly have strong academic and practical knowledge related to the subject. The student group comes from diverse backgrounds and have varied work/life experience. The smaller class sizes allow a degree of engagement in the classroom between students and instructors where all of that knowledge can be shared and considered from many points of view. It’s definitely an effective approach to understanding how to lead equitably in public service.
3) What is your favorite thing about the Nova Nation?
My favorite thing about the Nova Nation is the welcoming attitude which permeates the campus. I noticed this during my first visit to the campus in June 2014 and have felt like I was with family at Villanova ever since. Prior to entering the MPA program, I had been absent from academia for 8 years. The friendly, supportive staff and faculty of the MPA program greatly increased my comfort level as I took on this new challenge.