Kevin Carver is our standing alumnus from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Mr. Carver was a member of the first class and a graduate of the MPA program. He has held a number of leadership positions in government and nonprofit corporations serving the needs of our region. Mr. Carver was Executive Director of Community and Economic Development for Montgomery County from 1987-1995. During this time, he helped forge a model economic development and tax sharing program that has received state, national and international attention for over 25 years and two investment funds, one to develop affordable housing and the other to support the performing arts. In 1992, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks honored him with their “Public Official of Year” award.
Since 1995, Mr. Carver has developed affordable housing projects for a private developer, and he has served as city manager and deputy city manager for the cities of Riverside and Huber Heights. He currently works for the Ohio Department of Development. He is the Director of Regional Economic Development for the nine county west central Ohio area. Mr. Carver is the point of contact for our region’s business leaders, elected officials and economic and community development professionals.
Beyond his day job, Mr. Carver serves his community, his profession, and our MPA program. He has served on the boards of the International City/County Management Association, Ohio Housing Council, a housing development arm of the Dayton Montgomery County Housing Authority, and Big Brothers of Dayton. Mr. Carver has been a steadfast supporter of our MPA program, helping us earn national accreditation in 2002 and reaccreditation in 2009, and helping us launch alumni and honorary programs. This award is a small token of recognition for your many good works and service.