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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: June 8, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 06-44

Endresen Receives Graduate Degree

PORT ORCHARD, WA—Kitsap County Commissioner Chris Endresen will receive her Master of Public Administration degree on Friday, June 9, from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Endresen earned a 3.7 grade point average in the two-year program.

“The Evans School program was perfect for me because I’m always looking for ways to do my job better,” Endresen said. “This was a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best practices on innovative business processes and solutions, and look for ways I can adapt those to the public sector.”

Endresen was accepted into the Evans School program despite not having an undergraduate degree—the Evans School made an exception for Endresen because of her 20 years of experience in local and regional government and her undergraduate record.

When Endresen was accepted into the Evans School, she was taking classes toward her undergraduate degree through Bellevue Community College’s online program and was maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

"Life got in the way of completing my degree, and I was determined to finally get it,” Endresen said. “I am the first in my family to earn a college degree, and that makes it even more special to me.”

The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, named for Washington’s former governor and US senator, is the preeminent school of public policy and management teaching, research and service in the Northwest. The school is ranked nationally in the top tier of schools of public policy by US News & World Report.

This year, upwards of 125 Evans School students will graduate with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, one of the largest graduating classes in the history of the school.

Alumni of the program include ex-Seattle Mayor Norman Rice, US Army Major General Peter Chiarelli and William Center, president of the Washington Council on International Trade.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014