2009 Commencement Speakers Feature CPAA

Commencement Address

Dr. Matthew HoldenDr. Matthew Holden, Jr., recently named the first Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS, will be the speaker at our 38th commencement ceremony.

It is particularly exciting in this bicentennial year of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, following the 100th anniversary of the Springfield Race Riots, that Dr. Holden is our speaker. Among Holden’s wide-ranging scholarly interests is the issue of politics and race. His 1974 book, The White Man’s Burden, was a classic in the early political scholarship on race and politics. Other areas of research interest are public administration and policy, public law, and urban politics.

His newest book, yet to be published, is titled The World and the Mind of Isaiah T. Montgomery: The Greatness of a Compromised Man, which examines the lone African American delegate in the Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890. Holden received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Student Commencement Speaker

Paul Gesterling MPA '09CPAA is proud to be the home of 2009 Student Commencement Speaker Paul Gesterling, MPA. Paul graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration along with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Following graduation, he will be serving as the Director of Advancement at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, IL where he will manage the nonprofit’s marketing, fund raising, special events, alumni relations, recruiting and planned giving. While at UIS, Gesterling was a Graduate Public Service Internship program where he worked as a Program Research Analyst for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Prior to joining the MPA program at UIS, he earned baccalaureate degrees in Political Science and Economics at the University of Colorado and worked for three years in the nonprofit sector.

Alumni Commencement Speaker

CommencementThom Serafin, PAR ’73 delivered the Alumni Address.