Business Incubator Coordinator, The eFactory
“Missouri Public Affairs Academy”
From student to Missouri State staff member, Brian Kincaid has been living out the Public Affairs mission. One particular passion is his involvement in MSU’s intensive week long Missouri Public Affairs Academy (MPAA). Years after having participated in the program as a high school student, Brian now volunteers during a week’s vacation to serve as Assistant Coordinator for the program. Each summer the Academy brings talented high school students from across the state to develop their understanding of public affairs and their role as citizens working “for the greater good.” Through activities, projects and speakers including community leaders, government officials, journalists and university professors, young students begin to learn the leadership skills necessary to effect positive change in their communities.
Professionally, Brian assists individuals and businesses in efforts to strengthen the local economy. His role as mentor at the MPAA is an extension of that effort by helping develop future leaders within our communities. Brain says that in many ways, successful economic development entails a commitment to community organizing and public outreach and that is what we are instilling in these young students. Brian has inspired and mentored over 90 high school juniors and seniors to become involved and educated citizens through civic engagement and leadership.
We are proud to recognize Brian Kincaid as the April Public Affairs Staff Spotlight for representing the pillars of public affairs and helping inspire today’s youth to become active and engaged citizens.