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Doctoral student wins national award for dissertation


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 23, 2008 – Stephanie P. Newbold, a graduate of Virginia Tech’s public administration and policy doctoral program in the Center for Public Administration and Policy, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, won an honorable mention from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for her dissertation, "All but Forgotten: Thomas Jefferson’s Contribution to the Development of Public Administration in the United States."

Newbold, now a resident of Dallas, Texas, is currently an assistant professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Elon University and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech.

The Center for Public Administration and Policy is located in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies within its School of Public and International Affairs. The center offers both the Ph.D. in public affairs and public administration and master of public administration degrees. Their master of public administration program is currently ranked No. 27 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, placing it in the top 10 percent of U.S. master’s programs in public affairs and public administration.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is composed of four schools: the School of Architecture + Design, including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture; the School of Public and International Affairs, including urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy and government and international affairs; the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, which includes building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and construction engineering management in the College of Engineering; and the School of the Visual Arts, including programs in studio art, visual communication and art history.