Master's of Public Administration Faculty

LeAnn Beaty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and MPA Director

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Education: B.A. Alaska Pacific University, M.P.A.Missouri State University, Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, Political Science


Phone: 859-622-4390

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Correctional privatization

  • Distinctions between private, nonprofit and for-profit reentry organizations

  • Gender Disparity in Local Government Management
  • Intergovernmental contracting


Dr. Beaty’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • The Journal of Public Affairs Education
  • Journal of Public Administration, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China
  • The CASE Journal
  • PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement
  • East European Politics and Societies


  • Junior Faculty Summer Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, 2009–2010
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award, Graduate School, Northern Illinois University, 2007–2008
  • Public Sector Financial Management (PSFM) Fellowship, Portland, Oregon, Summer 2005
  • Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Fellowship, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO, Spring 2002 

Matthew Howell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Education: B.A. Missouri State University, M.P.P. University of Kentucky, Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Public Administration


Phone: 859-622-4392

Research/Academic Interests:

  • The ways individuals can organize politically to govern themselves through interest groups, informal networks, and local governments


Dr. Howell’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Urban Studies
  • The Latin Americanist

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Intern for the Office of the Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives
  • Served on a youth advisory board for the City of Blue Springs, MO
  • Worked for the City of Paducah, KY, City Manager’s Intern and Assistant
  • Former instructor of political science at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University

Distinguished Educational Leader Award (2015-2016)

Bill Collins Award Honorable Mention (2010)

Randall Swain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Education: M.A. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa,  M.P.A. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga,  Ph.D. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Political Science


Phone: 859-622-6747

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Intersection of religion and politics in the African American community

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Former instructor of political science at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University

Military Service: United States Army

Jeongwoo Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Education: B.A. Korea University,  M.A. Korea University,  M.P.A Arizona State University,  Ph.D. Arizona State University, Public Administration 


Phone: 859-622-1025

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • State Government Investment Pools
  • Governmental Accounting


Dr. Kim’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Public Budgetind and Finance
  • Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management

He has also co-authored and co-edited chapters in: 

  • Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Association for Budgeting and Financial Management
  • American Society for Public Administration

Darrin Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Education: B.S. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MBA Suffolk University, Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University, Public Administration           


Phone: 859-622-2899

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Community/Economic Development
  • Local Government Budgeting
  • Public Procurement


Dr. Wilson’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review
  • Community Development
  • Journal of Public Affairs Education

Work History:

  • Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University (2015-Present)
  • Instructor, Florida Atlantic University (2012-2015)
  • Management Consultant, Stax Inc. (2009-2010)
  • Economic Research Intern, Beacon Hill Institute (2008-2009)
  • Special Assistant to the Treasurer, Kentucky State Treasury (2007-2008)


  • Urban Land Institute
  • Kentucky Association of Economic Development
  • National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations
  • Association for Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Government Financial Officers Association
  • Phi Alpha Alpha Society
  • American Society for Public Administration


  • EKU College of Arts & Sciences’ Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant ($4,500)
  • EKU College of Arts & Sciences’ Research and Faculty Development Grant ($350) – To present at the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration Conference, Brooklyn, NY, October 14th-16th, 2015.