The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School in Public Service at New York University has launched a partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors that will facilitate close collaboration in such areas as public service research, forums, and internships.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Conference of Mayors based upon our mutual commitment to public service leadership,” said Ellen Schall, Dean of NYU Wagner. “Wagner prepares students to participate at the highest levels in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Through this collaborative initiative, information will be shared and analyzed to help address serious challenges facing urban America.”

U.S. Conference of Mayors Executive Director Tom Cochran announced the partnership at the organization’s 75th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., along with Wagner Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Rogan Kersh. The joint announcement was followed by an address by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who began by acknowledging the new collaboration.

“It is only fitting that we have this partnership, as the Wagner School is the only major school of government in this country named after a mayor who also served as one of the Conference’s past presidents,” said Cochran, noting that Robert F. Wagner, the former mayor of New York City, served as the 14th president of the Conference in 1957-58. “With this new partnership, we will be working with the Wagner School to undertake projects and programs that will lend support and validation to our efforts here at the Conference, as well as lend support to the mayors’ efforts back in their communities.”

Established in 1938, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers advanced programs leading to the professional degrees of Master of Public Administration, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Science in Management, and Doctor of Philosophy. Through these rigorous programs, NYU Wagner educates the future leaders of public, nonprofit, and health institutions as well as private organizations serving the public sector.

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