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A UT doctoral graduate recently started an appointment in public service at the US Department of Labor as part of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program.

Samantha BrownSamantha Brown, a Hillsboro, Tennessee, native and 2015 doctoral graduate of the Higher Education Administration program in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is one of 600 finalists across the nation selected out of more than 7,800 applicants for the 2015 program.

The Presidential Management Fellows Program is administered by the Office of Personnel Management. Each year, candidates participate in a competitive multiphase process to become eligible for appointments. The program gives current graduate students and recent degree recipients the opportunity to work for two years at a federal agency to start their careers in public service.

Brown began her journey in September at the Department of Labor in the Division of Strategic Investments. She is on the management team for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training, a $2 billion workforce development program that is also the world’s largest open educational resources project.

Brown’s CEHHS education and work experiences as outreach director for one of the state’s largest National Science Foundation awards, TN-SCORE, will serve her well in her new position.

“Samantha’s growth and development as a leader while also pursuing her doctoral work have been among the best of many highlights from TN-SCORE,” said David Millhorn, principal investigator for TN-SCORE and UT System executive vice president.

Brown received her master’s in college student personnel from UT Knoxville. She received her bachelor’s in business administration with a minor in psychology from UT Chattanooga.



Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,