Rutgers University–Camden is pleased to announce the finalists for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF), the federal government’s flagship leadership development program for holders of advanced degrees. Rutgers–Camden Department of Public Affairs and Administration doctoral student Galadriel “Gale” Thoman and alumna Analise McNicholl MPA’21 are among just 10 percent of PMF applicants selected as finalists nationwide.
“I congratulate Analise McNicholl and Gale Thoman for reaching the finalist stage of this highly selective award,” said Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis. “I am thrilled that their scholarship has gained such a high level of recognition, and I wish them well as they progress in their efforts to become recipients of the fellowship.”
Finalists have 12 months to secure a placement with a federal agency for a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship in public service that can turn into permanent employment. The PMF program was established 45 years ago to serve the nation by creating a leadership pipeline for talented people seeking careers in government.
“I am fortunate to have had the pleasure of teaching and advising Gale and Analise, who are superb students” said Lorraine C. Minnite, associate professor of public policy. “I look forward to seeing them make the most of the terrific opportunities afforded to them as PMF finalists.”
“I am fortunate to have had the pleasure of teaching and advising Gale and Analise, who are superb students. I look forward to seeing them make the most of the terrific opportunities afforded to them as PMF finalists."
Earlier this year, Thoman received the Chancellor’s Dissertation Completion Award, which allows doctoral students to concentrate on completing the work necessary to finish their dissertations through financial support that alleviates them from other commitments.
“The Chancellor’s Dissertation Completion Award is making it possible for Gale to have a realistic possibility of completing her degree by the Presidential Management Fellowship’s deadline,” Minnite said. “I am grateful that Rutgers–Camden students receive support at the highest levels when advancing their scholarship and pursuing their greatest ambitions.”
Thoman’s dissertation examines the effects of community decline on political attitudes and behavior among rural Americans. While McNicholl's interests include public management, international public service, and educational initiatives to address underserved communities. She is currently a program analyst with the United States Agency for International Development.
“Our department is proud of the accomplishments of all of our wonderful students,” Minnite said. “My colleagues and I are always so pleased to see our students using the skills and educational opportunities Rutgers–Camden provides to make a difference in the world.”
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