Aurelia Spalding graduated in 2012 with a master’s degree in Public Administration after previously earning an undergraduate degree in Public Relations. Working as the communication and marketing coordinator for WKU’s Division of Communication and Marketing, Aurelia makes a difference both on campus and in the Bowling Green community.
Aurelia earned her MPA while working full time and serving on the National Board of Directors for Gamma Gamma Sigma as Marketing Director. “At that time, I immediately applied what I learned about public administration, mixed it with my knowledge of public relations, and directed the marketing for the national organization.”
Aurelia credits the Department of Political Science for impacting her work ethic, critical thinking abilities, and her capacity to understand public organizations and issues. “The MPA Program and its faculty have taught me to lead in a very holistic way. I started the MPA program with an interest in policy, and then Dr. (Jeff) Kash’s course really elevated my interest in how policy shapes our organizations and our country. Dr. (Victoria) Gordon’s courses prompted me to think broadly about organizations and how they function, while also understanding how each person contributes to its successful operations. Also, my Ethics and Bureaucracy course positively impacted how I make decisions, understand decision making, and value fairness today.”
In addition to working in the Division of Communication & Marketing, Aurelia teaches as a part-time instructor for the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences. She has emerged as a leader in the community with her participation through a number of non-profit organizations including For a Reach Change which she founded and still serves as the executive director for. The mission of For a Real Change is to empower youth to improve their quality of life and those within their reach through education, applied learning, and meaningful service experiences. Aurelia’s efforts in the community provide a long-term positive impact on the community.