BISMARCK, ND — William G. Goetz has been named director of the new Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Mary.

Goetz is the former chief of staff for two successive North Dakota governors, a five-year chancellor of the North Dakota University System, and served as a North Dakota state senator and representative for two decades.

William G. Goetz New director of the Master of Public Administration program at University of Mary

William G. Goetz
New director of the Master of Public Administration program at University of Mary

“Bill Goetz models true servant leadership,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Former President Ronald Reagan appointed Bill to serve on the National Advisory Council on Educational Research. He’s attended numerous seminars and served on boards and committees that have benefited education, business and the common good of the citizens of North Dakota. For nearly 50 years North Dakota has put their trust in him to lead — and we’re honored to do the same at Mary.”

“Bill brings more than teaching experience but also a vast knowledge of higher education, business, government and public policy that are perfect qualifications to lead this new program,” said John Warford, dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business. “His expertise gives the most comprehensive instruction to not just our faculty but also our students who are professionals in a field that is growing in popularity and in big demand.”

Goetz knows this job market firsthand and that demand is high for those with an MPA degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will see an estimated 5.5 million new job openings in the public sector over the next five to seven years. In North Dakota alone, there are approximately 21,000 public sector job openings: 3,900 in Bismarck, 4,600 in Fargo and 3,600 in Grand Forks.

In his Chancellor’s Report to the North Dakota University System in 2012, Goetz quoted Bill Beattie’s famous words, “The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.”

And then offered his own final thoughts: “Let us not forget that which is not measurable, the intangible value of education, and the value it has brought forth challenging each of us to be better human beings and stewards of that which we have been given,” stated Goetz.

The new MPA program Goetz is in charge of is taught through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary. It not only reflects changing employment trends but is also modeled to fit the most pressing leadership needs in the public sector today—including optional concentrations in a variety of fields such as Project Management, Energy Management, and Healthcare. The MPA program is taught by instructors who are experts in their fields, and filled with expertise and know-how that public leaders can apply to their work the very next day.

As part of the 36-credit program, students will complete courses in management and organizational behavior, law, statistics, ethics and operations management as well as a capstone thesis. For more information about the University of Mary’s Master of Public Administration program, visit