Graduate Profile: James Incho Jung (MPA '17)


Hometown: Princeton Junction, NJ
Degree program: Master of Public Administration
Major or concentration: Nonprofit Management

Why did you enroll at SPAA?
I believed that Rutgers SPAA would provide a strong competency in multicultural affairs and an in-depth understanding of public affairs and administration, especially management of nonprofit organizations. 

What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?
SPAA equipped me with the competency, knowledge, and networks to help me achieve my lifelong goal of starting and administering an international linguistic school where American and foreign students learn through a multi-lingual education system.

Best moments at Rutgers University-Newark?
In the summer of 2014, I visited SPAA for the first time with my resume and transcript. Dr. Zhang pleasantly agreed to meet with me, reviewed my documents, and encouraged me to apply to SPAA that day.

Favorite class(es) and professor(s)?
Every class is informative and challenging, but I like fundraising for nonprofit organizations, strategic planning, and urban education policy. Instructor [Rene] Deida and [James] Davy brought seasoned experiences to the classroom. Dr. Sadovnik widened my perspective on education policy.

Biggest challenge?
As an immigrant, full-timer, and father of three children, it was very challenging to balance my work, study, and family issues. But thank God that he enabled me to cross the finish line.

Next steps?
I would like to build a hybrid international school, which will graft American diversity onto Korean enthusiasm for education. I’m firmly convinced that SPAA will help me achieve my goal as an educational administrator who wants to change the world by educating the youth.

Advice to incoming students?
Challenge yourself and never, ever give up!

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