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Alumnus Mike Townsend Enrolled at President Bill Clinton's School of Public Service

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service recently announced its second class to begin in the Master of Public Service degree program at the school. University of the Cumberlands alumnus Mike Townsend of Lexington, Ky., is one of the 22 new students who hail from all over the country and world.

Townsend has volunteered and led projects for Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach, an organization that provides housing for low-income families. He also spent a summer living and working in Cambodia where he helped install water purification filters in elementary schools, taught English, and built water tanks. He is currently finishing a year of service with Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

“We are pleased to welcome this talented, experienced group of new students to the UA Clinton School,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the presidential graduate school. “They represent all walks of life, from as far away as Africa and East Asia. Our unique curriculum, guest lecturers and faculty have allowed us to attract many types of students to study here.”

The class has representatives from 10 states and three countries, including Haiti, Kenya and Indonesia. They come from many different backgrounds—nine males and 13 males—with an average age of 29-years-old. Eleven (half the class) of the students have ties to Arkansas having lived, worked or attended college in the state.

“The goal is not only to recruit the best and brightest students from Arkansas, but also to bring the best and brightest to Arkansas,” he said.