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USF, ICMA form Florida’s first ICMA student chapter

TAMPA, Fla. -– The University of South Florida’s School of Public Affairs, in cooperation with the International City/County Management Association, has established the first ICMA student chapter in the state of Florida.

John Daly, director of USF’s new School of Public Affairs, said “this joint venture will provide USF students with a number of benefits that will advance their knowledge and understanding of local government as well as provide them a rich opportunity for networking with local government experts.”

Other benefits afforded USF students joining USF’s ICMA Student Chapter include:

  • Free registration for the annual conference
  • A Knowledge Network profile on with access to information on best practices, interviews, fellowships, internships, networking and more.
  • Access to the networking tool Who’s Who.
  • Access to the ICMA Job Board.
  • Full digital membership, including ICMA’s Newsletter, PM Magazine Online, members-only files, and content (such as the Job Hunting Handbook and Leading Ideas interviews).
  • Webinars and podcasts exclusively for student chapter members.
  • Organization for the chapter is headed by Steve Spina, Ph.D., Jim Drumm, and Jeff Tillman. Spina will serve as the Chapter’s faculty advisor and is a faculty member with the School of Public Affairs with an extensive background in city management. Drumm, city manager of Zephyrhills, will serve as the Chapter’s City Manager Mentor. A number of other area city managers will assist Drumm to enhance the experience for students interested in careers within local government. The chapter’s student president is Tillman, who is an MPA student and the parks and recreation manager for the City of Lake Alfred.

    The School of Public Affairs is grateful to the aide it has received in this endeavor, including an anonymous city manager and USF MPA alumni for donating the annual dues for USF’s ICMA Student Chapter for the next 10 years.

    “We are exceptionally grateful for our alumni and their continued support of the school and its students, especially for valuable educational opportunities like the one afforded by the USF-ICMA Student Chapter partnership,” Daly said.


    Filed under:Arts and Sciences School of Public Affairs    
    Author: James Hollingsworth