Alex Burton graduated with his MPA from WKU in 2013. Since graduating, he has "certainly put his degree to use."
"I started my career as an employee of Old National Bank, which is the largest bank headquartered in the State of Indiana. I was the bank's liaison with the Midsize Bank Coalition of America, which advocates for federal legislation for community banks. While working in this role, I also spent a lot of my free time advocating for youth in the public school system that were not on track to go to college."
Because of his work in the community and his passion for public administration, he took a position with the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, helping families in the community be made aware of high-wage, high-demand careers. Currently, he serves as the Program Manager for OptIN, or Opportunities through Partnerships that Inspire. More recently, Alex was elected to the Evansville (IN) City Council and currently serves as the City Council President.
Alex's time at WKU helped prepare him for the career path he followed. He gained valuable experience as an intern on Capitol Hill working for two members of Congress through The Washington Center, taught introductory political courses, and wrote a thesis on public education. "From those experiences and knowledge of my community in Evansville, I have been able to thrive and make a positive impact in my hometown."