TROY MPA Advisory Board

The MPA Advisory Board seeks to develop relationships between the Troy University MPA program, and the public sector, private enterprise, and professional communities it serves. They work with the MPA faculty to recommend ways the MPA program can be enhanced to better meet the needs of our students, employers, and the public. The Board also keeps the MPA program in touch with professional and technological changes in the field, and provides input to the program's ongoing strategic planning process.

(Approved by MPA faculty 09/14/07; revised 5/09; revised 2/13)


The role of the MPA Advisory Board is to seek and develop relationships between the Troy University MPA program, and the public and non-profit sector, as well as the business and professional communities it serves. The intersection between teaching and practice of public administration can be met through collaboration, partnerships and engagement.

The MPA Advisory Board will work with the MPA faculty to identify and recommend ways the MPA program improvements to meet the changing needs of students, employers, and the public in the 21st century. These improvements are always complemented with opportunities and challenges related to academic institutions and accreditation.

The goal of the MPA Advisory Board will be to keep the MPA program focused on academic, professional and technological changes in the field, and to provide input to the program's continuous marketing strategic planning process.

In order to provide appropriate input to the MPA program's strategic planning effort, the MPA Advisory Board will:

  • Review MPA program components, provide objective assessments, and make recommendations about future directions in curriculum, instruction, facilities, equipment, and staffing.
  • Assist in promoting good community and government relations and maintaining a positive image for the MPA program with the public sector, business, and the professional community.
  • Focus in and support efforts to secure professional and internship placement and career development services for MPA students.
  • Help in faculty, staff and student professional development through the identification and establishment of exchange and professional development opportunities in the public, non-profit and private sectors.


The MPA Advisory Board will be comprised of a minimum of eight (8) and maximum of ten (10) individuals.

  • Each MPA Advisory Board member will serve an initial three-year term. The exception shall be the inaugural Advisory Board, which will have terms of one, two, or three years, to allow for continuity on the Advisory Board after the first term has expired. Advisory Board members may renew their terms not to exceed a total of two consecutive terms.
  • The MPA Advisory Board members will elect a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary.
  • The MPA Advisory Board will conduct virtual meetings throughout the year at least once per quarter and meet at the Troy Campus once a year. The TROY MPA faculty representative(s) will provide updates to the Advisory Board at each meeting but will not participate in votes of the Board.
  • The MPA Advisory Board will submit a written report of each meeting to the MPA Director.
  • The Board Chairperson may appoint subcommittees as needed.
  • The MPA Program Director and/or Board Chairperson may call special meetings to address critical issues or needs.


The MPA Advisory Board is to be made up of a representative mix of alumni, practitioners, and employers. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities will be actively recruited. TROY faculty (full-time and adjunct) are not eligible to serve on the Advisory Board.

The MPA Program will seek members who are:

  • Distinguished individuals who have demonstrated success within their professional field.
  • Currently active in their prominent positions in the public and non-profit sector, business, and professional communities.
  • Passionate about the field of public service and have a vision for developing MPA programs that are relevant to the delivery of public services.

The MPA Director will appoint members to the Advisory Board after consultation with the MPA full-time faculty.

Inactive Members:

Inactive members are defined as members of the MPA Advisory Board who have not:

  • Attended the annual meeting where decisions are made
  • Responded to the MPA Advisory Board’s Officer’s emails within a timely manner, usually within 48 hours of initial receipt
  • Respond to phone calls left by MPA Board members in a timely fashion.
  • Have not made contact with the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the Advisory Board to accept the appointment to the Board.

The Process for Replacing Members/Officers of the Advisory Board

  1. Inactivity
    • In the event of inactivity by an Advisory Board member, the Advisory Board Chairperson will send a formal letter to the member via email or postal service outlining the reasons for the replacement of the Advisory Board member. The Advisory Board member has 48 hours upon receipt to respond by sending an email to the Chairperson or the Vice-Chairperson of the Advisory Board explaining the non-participation and the willingness to continue to actively serve on the Advisory Board.


  2. For Cause
    • In the event the MPA Director and/or the Chairperson of the Department of Political Science deem it is in the best interests of the MPA Program and TROY that an Advisory Board member be removed from the Advisory Board, the MPA Director or the Chairperson of the Department of Political Science will send a formal letter to the member via email or postal service outlining the reasons for the removal of the Advisory Board member. The Advisory Board member has 48 hours upon receipt to respond by sending an email to the MPA Director or Chairperson of the Department of Political Science outlining reasons for retention on the Advisory Board.


  3. Replacement
    • If a Board position is vacated by resignation or removal before an election date, the MPA Director may appoint a member to serve in the vacated office until the end of the replaced member’s term.


Membership (alphabetical), March 2016

  Term Ends

Shalanda Crenshaw
Social Security Administration
Mobile, AL


Veronica (Ronni) McDaniel
Operations Review Specialist
Florida Department of Revenue
(Term renewed 8/14)


Lance Pierce, Assistant Director
State Legislative Affairs
Florida Farm Bureau Federation


Jason Reeves
Troy, Alabama


Ryan Spry
Director, Student Life
Wallace Community College
Dothan, AL
(Term renewed 8/14)


Jeff Waechter
Strategy Policy, Planning and Education

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Shalanda W. Crenshaw, MPA, is a Social Insurance Specialist for the Social Security Administration. With over 10 years’ experience in the Federal Government, she interprets, apply and explains provisions of social insurance laws and operational instructions both orally and in writing. She also provides program expertise in resolving cases by analyzing, interpreting, and explaining new laws, management initiatives and court case decisions. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Auburn University (1998) and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Troy University (2010). Shalanda currently serves as Vice-President of the MPA Advisory Board (2013-Present).

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Veronica McDaniel, MPA, is currently a Sr Analyst, Data Quality for the American Red Cross' National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She previously worked for several agencies for the State of Florida, most recently for the Department of Revenue as an Operations Review Specialist in the Child Support Enforcement Office. Prior to this, she spent 14 years working for Sallie Mae, seeing it transition from a Government Sponsored Entity into a strictly private corporation and then later to a government contractor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Troy University in 2009 and her Master of Public Administration, also from Troy University, in 2012.

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Lance Pierce, MPA, serves as the Assistant Director of State Legislative Affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. In his role as Assistant Director, Lance focuses on coordinating FFBF’s legislative communications, striving to educate and inform Farm Bureau members and staff about legislative and political issues. In addition, Lance assists in lobbying efforts in Tallahassee as well as political activities. Before joining the Farm Bureau staff in 2013, Lance served as the Grassroots Development Manager at the Florida Chamber of Commerce where he managed the state’s most extensive pro-business grassroots network. Before joining the Florida Chamber, he worked with the Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. During his career, Lance has coordinated fundraising campaigns for the 2010 election cycle and led successful grassroots advocacy campaigns in both Alabama and Florida. Lance graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration. He and his wife Lindsay have one son, Park.

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Jason Reeves has served as Mayor of Troy since November 2012. Jason served in his city council seat representing District 3 for 16 years prior to becoming Mayor. First elected in 1996 at the age of 24, Reeves is the youngest elected official in Troy’s history. In addition to his service as an elected official, Jason serves on the Alabama League of Municipalities Executive Committee. He has been a member of the Troy Seniors Foundation since its inception and is a Past President. He was instrumental in the foundation and formation of the Colley Senior Complex through the Troy Seniors Foundation as well as the expansion and relocation of the Troy Nutrition Program. A graduate of Troy University, where he served as SGA President, Jason has diverse experience in leading with integrity through many years of community service, athletics and church involvement.

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Ryan Spry is Director of Student Life for Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. He previously served as Coordinator of Student Services for Troy University under Dean of Students Herbert Reeves. Additionally, Mr. Spry teaches leadership courses for both Troy and Wallace and is passionate about leadership development, as evidenced by his extensive involvement in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization. He is a graduate of Troy University and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education from the University of Alabama.

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Jeffrey Waechter, MPA, is an Executive Coach, Instructor, and Chief Editor for the Department of Defense Ministerial Advisor Program.  From 2013 - 2014, he served as the Senior Education Advisor to Ministry of Defense in Afghanistan.  A retired USAF Colonel, he has served over 30 years as an officer and civilian in the Department of Defense primarily as a strategic advisor and educator.  Jeff also served as a School Director, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University educating over 12,000 national and international security professionals annually in joint, multinational, and interagency operational-level planning and warfighting.  Jeff earned his Master of Public Administration from Troy University and Master of Science in Military Art & Operational Science from Air University.  

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