Adam Serlin (Exec MPA'17) Named 2017 Dean’s Scholar

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February 20, 2017

The Fels Institute of Government is pleased to announce that Adam Serlin, Executive MPA ‘17, has been named a 2017 Dean’s Scholar of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Each spring at the Dean's Forum, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences recognizes nine students for their outstanding academic achievements. Students are nominated by faculty from among those with a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

His fellow students and instructors only speak highly of Adam, who balances rigorous MPA studies with a professional schedule. Says Fels Director Dr. Nelson Lim, “Adam embodies our idea of an effective public leader who understands context of his work, is analytically rigorous, and operates at the highest level in his profession.”

In addition to his MPA coursework, Adam serves as the Director of Court Services at NorthEast Treatment Centers, a nonprofit provider offering a wide-range of social services to adults, adolescents, children and families in Philadelphia and Delaware. In his role, Adam manages the Juvenile Justice Unit, which is comprised of various community-based supervision programs for youth formally involved in the juvenile justice system.

According to Dr. Josh Power, Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies at Fels, “Adam is the perfect combination of ‘smart with heart.’ He is a rising star who is making his mark and driving change throughout the juvenile justice system in Philadelphia, while also acing courses at Penn. He is the model of a professional, Executive student. We are truly honored to have him at Fels and thrilled to be able to recognize him in this way.”

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