Brandman University Welcomes Marshall Kaplan, Distinguished Leader and Author, to its School of Business and Professional Studies

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2012 Brings a New Focus for Brandman's Master in Public Administration Program (MPA)

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“ I can think of no one more qualified to develop and implement the strategic plan necessary to help us grow and expand this program."
Gary Brahm, Chancellor

Brandman University announced today that Marshall Kaplan will be advising Chancellor Gary Brahm and working with the School of Business and Professional Studies to broaden the scope of the Master in Public Administration Program (MPA).

Kaplan will work closely with key Orange County business, government and non-profit leaders with a focus on enhancing the strategic plan for Brandman’s Master of Public Administration Program.

His priorities include:

  •     An analysis of leadership perceptions of government roles in Orange County and California
  •     Creation of an MPA advisory board to support an innovative and nationally respected public administration program

“We‘re delighted to welcome Marshall Kaplan to Brandman. I can think of no one more qualified to develop and implement the strategic plan necessary to help us grow and expand this program. In addition, we are thankful for the tireless work of Dr. Fred Smoller in establishing our MPA program and putting us on the map,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor of Brandman University.

As Dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado for fifteen years, Kaplan created three Centers at the University of Colorado: Center for the Improvement of Public Management; Center for Public Private Sector Cooperation; and Center for Health Ethics and Policy. Under Kaplan’s leadership, the MPA program received national recognition and rose in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings to become a top school of public administration and public policy.

Marshall Kaplan has authored six books and numerous articles on urban and regional policy, social welfare issues, and poverty.

More recently, he served as Executive Director of three operational foundations for Paul Merage in Orange County: the Merage Foundation for the American Dream; the Merage Foundation-Children First; and the U.S. Israel Trade Foundation.

In addition to his new post at Brandman, Kaplan is President of Pathways to Opportunity, a new non-profit, created to help expand the choices of low income families and children in Orange County. He assumes this role following the resignation of the program’s founder and director, Dr. Fred Smoller, who remains a full time faculty member in the MPA program and continues to serve on the Brandman faculty.

About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1958 and a part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with progressive, innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for working professionals. The university serves more than 10,000 students annually in 52 undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and health, both offered online and through 26 campuses in California and Washington. For more information, visit or call 800-746-0379.


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