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Louie the Lumberjack

Outstanding Alums!

We wondered what NAU graduate alumni were up to. So we asked the faculty to let us know who was doing splendid work that was making a difference for people, for disciplines, or for communities or country.

Here's what they told us.

Political Science: Patrick N. Holman

The US Capitol

Patrick N. Holman (MPA 1999, PhD Political Science 2001) joined the Washington, DC staff of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this year. He is on a year-long Congressional Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy. His work in Senator Crapo’s office will include a variety of energy and natural resources issues, including research and environmental cleanup activities at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Most recently, Holman served as director of the Office of Budget and Planning for the Office of Nuclear Energy, where he coordinated the annual budget submission to Congress and advised senior leadership on budget, strategic, and program planning activities. Prior to this, he worked for the DOE’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer to improve program assessments, performance management, and reporting. Holman joined the DOE in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), and was kind enough to coach NAU candidates for the PMF last year—thank you!

"The masters and doctoral curricula offered by NAU’s Department of Politics and International Affairs provided me with a comprehensive set of professional and academic skills that prepared me for the diverse challenges of a career in the federal government." Holman says. "I am very grateful for the dedication and guidance of my professors, especially my advisor Dr. Zach Smith."