Deadline Extended For Michigan Political Leadership Program Applications

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    Michigan State University’s Michigan Political Leadership Program is extending its deadline for applications for the Class of 2014 an extra week, Co-Directors Anne Mervenne and Steve Tobocman announced Tuesday.

    “We want to honor those applications that are still coming in,” the co-directors said in a joint statement. “We know there is strong interest for the nation’s foremost program in political leadership training,” Mervenne said.

    The new deadline is Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

    Applications can be made online. More information is available online or through MPLP Administrator Linda Cleary at 517-353-0891 or

    The 10-month program traditionally trains 24 people each year in the skills needed for personal leadership development, public policy analysis and effective community and government leadership. Applicants come from all professions, but share a passion for the pursuit of knowledge, community service and elective office.

    Weekend sessions take place around the state and include hands-on activities, seminars with the state’s highest leaders and media relations training. The program is offered through MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research housed in the College of Social Sciences.

    MPLP welcomed its first class of Fellows in 1992, and since that time has granted certificates to more than 500 alumni. Alumni reports list about 45 percent of MPLP graduates who have been elected or appointed to public office. They serve at every level and include 14 MPLP graduates now serving in the Michigan House of Representatives.

    A list of all MPLP alumni is available at


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