Dr. Patrick B. Edgar
I’m Patrick Edgar, I usually go by “Pat”. I have just switched jobs to become the Director of the Professional Development Center for the State of Montana. For the previous seven years I have been a Professor of Public Administration and Director of an MPA program. So switching from academia to state government will be a bit of a transiton. My biggest challenge will be to reform a training and development program that has been run by the same person for 30 years. While I am anything but a youngster, I will still be the one trying to push new ideas. I consider the biggest challenges faced by government now is to improve citizen engagement, prepare for the retirement of the “Boomers,” (I’m actually one of them, to be honest) and facing continuing austerity measures. These are huge but not impossible challenges.