2015 Conference

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“SECoPA 2015: Research & Application:

Promoting Effective Public Service”

Charleston, South Carolina

September 30 to October 3

Hosted by the College of Charleston

and the Lowcountry Chapter of ASPA



We are pleased to release the SECoPA 2015 Tentative Conference Schedule.

This schedule is subject to change but if we need to make changes we will notify you in advance if a possible change would impact your presentation day or time. We anticipate that most if not all changes from now on will be to fix any errors and to provide more details about conference receptions and other events.

If you submitted a paper or panel proposal and did not receive a response, please let us know as soon as possible. Every effort was made to accommodate schedule requests. If you have a problem or concern please contact SECoPA 2015 Chair, Jo Ann Ewalt.


The Embassy Suites at North Charleston will serve as Conference Center for the SECoPA 2015. The Conference rate for single or double suites is $135.00 + 13.5% tax per night. This beautiful hotel offers complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception with beverages and snacks, complimentary shuttle to the Charleston International Airport, WiFi, and free parking. The Embassy Suites is located at 5055 International Blvd. North Charleston, SC. For reservations, call (843) 747-1882 or you may book your room online. The group code is SEC.


This year’s keynote speakers are Mayor Joseph P. Riley and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

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Mayor Joseph P. Riley

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley is a visionary in the field of urban design and the creation of livable cities. In ten terms as the mayor of Charleston, Mayor Riley has drawn on and nurtured the city’s historic and artistic resources to reinvigorate it, economically and culturally, setting a national standard for urban revitalization in the process. His success spurred him to create, with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in 1986, which has brought more than 800 mayors together with acclaimed architects, urban planners, developers, and others to help transform communities through design and stewardship. In 2009, Mayor Riley was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for his tireless support of culture and the arts.



FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.

For more information about the conference in general, contact Desirée Fragoso, Conference Coordinator, at fragosod@g.cofc.edu.