True Driving Force
With MPA Student Andrea LaBonté
"To implement the changes I want to make, I believe the Master’s in Public Administration program makes sense as my next step."
~(MPA) Student Andrea LaBonté — Bolton, MA
Position: I have the pleasure of working full-time in the Paul College Undergraduate Programs office as a program coordinator and academic advisor.
Education: I graduated from the University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics in May 2019 with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrated in management and minors in hospitality management and philosophy.
Why did you decide to pursue a Master's in Public Administration? The true driver toward a master’s in public administration came through my work as a Research Assistant in the Modern Work Lab for Dr. Jennifer Griffith of the Paul College Management Department. Dr. Griffith specifically conducts research around industrial and organizational psychology, a passion we both share. While with Modern Work Lab, I researched the integration of female (under)representation in the CIP (charismatic, ideological, pragmatic) leadership model, how political identity influences quality perceptions and hiring decisions, the gender-driven gap in executive severance agreements, and the impact of framing (un)ethical leadership on follower attitudes, decision making, and behavior.