When Lawrence Miskel became the PPA Program's newest adjunct instructor, he was adding just one more activity to an already packed schedule. Miskel stepped in at the last minute to teach Human Resources in the Public Sector in the Fall of 2013. A human resources specialist with the city of St. Louis, Miskel is also the secretary of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and was elected president of Greater St. Louis IMPA-HR Chapter in November, 2013.
In addition to all his experience in the field, Miskel says he has another advantage educating MPPA students on the complexities of human resources: he is a graduate of the MPPA program, himself. He graduated with his MPPA and NPML certificate in 2006. Wanting to expand his knowledge of human resources and local government, Miskel returned to UMSL to complete his certification in Local Government Management in 2009.
The MPPA program really galvanized his desire to go into the public sector, he said. “It is the foundation that's prepared me to work in local government.” Miskel is a believer that learning by doing is essential to understanding how to solve problems, so he incorporates real HR tasks into his assignments. To Miskel, HR is an integral aspect of the public sector, but also to all other sectors.
Despite being busy as the organizational development director and vice president of Pride St. Louis, Inc. and acquiring degrees in German and Political Science, Miskel says he actually does have down time, which he spends with his high-school-aged son William, and his husband, Ryan Barker, also an MPPA alum. Oh yeah, and he plays piccolo, flute, and alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones in two community bands, too.
- Lauren Smith