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Hoffman honored by International City/County Management Association

hoffman_t.jpgBOONE—Dr. Marvin Hoffman has been awarded the 2010 ICMA Academic Award in Memory of Stephen B. Sweeney. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) award will be presented at the association’s fall conference to be held in San Jose, Calif., in October. Hoffman is a professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University.

The award is named for the longtime director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. It is presented annually to an academic leader or academic institution that has made a significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government.

Hoffman has 40 years of experience in local government management, including 12 years as a town or county manager and 28 years as a professor of local government and public administration. He directed the Master of Public Administration degree program at Appalachian from 1990-2010.

“In his 20 years as MPA director, Dr. Hoffman has worked tirelessly to improve the program and its impact on local government in the state,” wrote nominator and former student Lee Worsley, assistant county manager in Catawba County. Under Hoffman’s leadership, the MPA program expanded its offerings to off-campus sites in Hickory, Morganton, Gastonia and Winston-Salem. Some 90 students have completed the MPA program at these sites.

In addition, some 300 students have earned the degree at Appalachian’s main campus. Graduates of the program include city and county managers and assistant managers, finance directors, planning directors, code enforcement officers, police officers, emergency management directors, risk managers, budget analysts, personnel directors and social workers.

Hoffman was instrumental in obtaining a $764,348 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to support a partnership between Appalachian and the UNC School of Government to establish the N.C. Local Government Service Corps, which focuses on helping 12 small North Carolina communities with either no professional staff or a very small staff to revitalize their local economies. A second grant from the North Carolina Rural Center is helping Marion and Valdese implement their local economic development plans.

Hoffman also developed international cooperative ventures between Appalachian and universities in Poland, Macedonia and Serbia. More than a dozen international students received funding to pursue an MPA from Appalachian. Presently, he and Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for international education at Appalachian, are helping staff members from local, provincial and national legislative bodies in South Africa improve their effectiveness under a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State.

Hoffman has been a visiting professor at University of Belgrade in the Republic of Serbia and provided curriculum development advice to international universities in Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and the United Arab Emirates.

He served on the executive council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration from 2006-09.

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