Brandman MPA Students Honored by Public CEO

Hard work pays off for Brandman student

IRVINE, Calif. (March 21, 2011) – Brandman University, a member of the Chapman University System, today announced that Cindy Smith and Janice Voshall have been recognized by Public with their 2011 Service to California Award.  Smith and Voshall are students in Brandman University's Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program who, as interns for Laguna Hills Councilwoman Barbara Kogerman, collected data on 34 cities for the Orange County City Manager Compensation report.  The report was followed by others exposing exorbitant compensation, including the City of Bell.

“Thanks to their determined efforts, a groundbreaking study was produced that set in motion a public discussion about local government that has had tremendous implications.  New legislation in California to make local government more transparent, accountable, and responsible is partly a result of Cindy and Janice’s work.  We are very proud of them.” said Dr. Fred Smoller, director of Brandman’s MPA program.

“Cindy Smith and Janice Voshall exemplify the values of Brandman University.  These two students are working adults with numerous responsibilities who have overcome enormous personal challenges to return to school and build a career.  They are among our first class of graduates from Brandman’s MPA program and as future alumni reflect great honor on the university.  Their research and contributions have helped to strengthen not only the program, but also local and state government,” said Chancellor Gary Brahm. is a local government news site dedicated to providing a statewide perspective on California’s cities, counties and special districts.  The Annual Local Government Awards recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to local government.



About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at 26 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.