Pennsylvania's Secretary of Administration Addresses Cheyney University Students
September 27, 2013
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Administration, Kelly Powell Logan (center), meets briefly with key Cheyney University administration officials following her talk to undergraduates on September 25. Photo credit: Corey Carter
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Administration, Kelly Powell Logan, who has long been a public servant, spoke at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on September 25. Her program was of particular interest for students interested in a career in public administration.
Governor Tom Corbett appointed Secretary Logan to her post in January, 2011. As a member of Governor Corbett’s senior staff and cabinet, Secretary Logan leads the agency responsible for oversight and administration of the enterprise functions of human resources (HR), Information Technology (IT), Governor’s Innovation Office (GIO), Continuity of Government (CoG) and Records Management for nearly 83,000 employees in over 40 agencies, boards and commissions under the Governor’s jurisdiction.
In addition to highlighting the pros of public service, Secretary Logan discussed the many opportunities available to those who are considering pursuing a graduate degree like Cheyney offers in its 36 credit-hour Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at it's Center City location at 701 Market Street in Philadelphia. Courses emphasize methods that public administrators use to address the needs of the nation’s changing population. For more information about the MPA program, visit the MPA website at http://www.cheyney.edu. Enrolled students can take one of two degree tracks: a pre-professional MPA or an Executive MPA. This places Cheyney in a unique position to address the need to increase the number of senior-level minorities in public administration.
"I feel extremely privileged to have had the top state human resource policy maker address Cheyney University undergraduate students interested in joining the public service,” said CU’s MPA Program Coordinator Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura. “Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the level of education and income. In fact, the more education you have, the more you are worth in the job market. I hope that Secretary Logan's lecture will motivate Cheyney undergraduate students to join our MPA program. Today's workplace environment is highly competitive. If you don't have the level of education required, preferably a graduate degree, you cannot get the better job and you are not worth the extra pay."
Prior to joining the Corbett administration, Logan was Executive Director of Public Service at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). In her role, she oversaw the departments of Pennsylvania School Services, State Grant and Special Programs, Public Service Technology Systems, and the Postsecondary School Alliances and Nursing Programs.
Prior to her tenure at PHEAA, Logan served as a member of Governor Tom Ridge and Governor Mark Schweiker’s Cabinets as Secretary of the Department of General Services. In that position, she oversaw a department of 1,500 employees and an operating budget of $135 million.
In other state government service, Logan has been responsible for widespread improvements in the state’s IT and e-commerce strategy. In the private sector, she served in executive roles in marketing, human resources and purchasing for international and regional firms.