For Immediate Release
January 17, 2019
Contact: Ruth DeWitt
Patty Gentrup Named Interim Director for the Public Management Center
LAWRENCE — School director Rosemary O’Leary announced today she has named Patty Gentrup as interim director of the Public Management Center (PMC). Laura Howard resigned from the position last week when Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly appointed her to serve as interim director of two key state social services cabinets, the departments of Children and Families and Aging and Disability Services.
“We are so grateful to Patty for stepping into this role as our former director, Laura Howard, transitions to her cabinet position with Governor Kelly,” said O’Leary. “We have every confidence that Patty will be a fantastic director.”
Gentrup has been with the Center for the past year as the manager of consulting services. She comes with a wealth of local government experience and strong ties to the School of Public Affairs and Administration. For starters, Gentrup is an alumna, having received her master in public administration from the number one ranked program. She went on to serve as the board president of the school’s city management alumni network, the KUCIMATS.
Professionally, Gentrup served as the city administrator of Liberty, Missouri for nearly six years before she went into management consulting for the last 14 years – with a local firm and two national firms.
“Patty brings experience working with local governments, which is the very heart of our program. Her expertise in strategic planning, organizational leadership, and analysis is the skill set we are looking for as we make this transition,” O’Leary said.
The PMC provides professional training for public sector employees at all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. In addition to the consulting services, the center runs the Certified Public Manager program, the Emerging Leaders Academy, the Supervisory Leadership Training program and the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy, a partnership with the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. The PMC works with hundreds of public sector employees or community members a year, and has experienced a record high level of enrollment and consulting clients as it heads into 2019.