Alumni Testimonials

Frank Tona

Master of Public Administration
, Class of 2012
In the law enforcement profession, you must have an alternative plan for your future. I felt obtaining a graduate degree provides me with options later in my career and could have a positive impact on my financial future.
Frank Tona, Class of 2012
Master of Public Administration

Q:  “Frank, tell us a little bit about yourself and your interests.”
A:  “I’m 32 years old and recently became engaged to my girlfriend of three years, Melissa. I enjoy spending time with friends, attending sporting events, and visiting family in Buffalo, NY. I’m also a history buff and many of my travels take me to historical sites in and around where I live, which is just outside of Washington, DC.

Q:  “Tell us about the community where you live.”
A:  “I live in Charles County, Maryland, which is about twenty miles outside the nation’s capital. Charles County is home to the US Navy’s Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, Maryland and Naval Ordinance site in Stump Neck, Maryland.

Q:  “Who is your current employer, describe your work there?”
A:  “Presently, I am a Corporal with the Charles County, Maryland Sheriff’s Office. I am assigned to Patrol Operations and work out of my department’s Waldorf District Station. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full service and nationally accredited law enforcement agency serving a population of 150,000 residents.”

Q:  “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “In the law enforcement profession, you must have an alternative plan for your future. I felt obtaining a graduate degree provides me with options later in my career and could have a positive impact on my financial future.”

Q:  “What makes Norwich unique?”
A:  “The school’s rich history and strong reputation in the academic community makes this institution unique in its own right. The school’s relationship with our nation’s military services and defense community provide a sense of exclusiveness and distinction. I specifically like the small town feel and sense of family when interacting with my classmates and professors. ”

Q:  “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?
A: “The research, writing and the critical thinking skills Norwich provides me.  As a result, I am a better writer and researcher. I also built long-tem relationships with my cohorts at residency week.”

Q:  “Please describe any memorable experiences with faculty members or program staff.”
A:   “I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Frank Colaprete for the past eleven years. His guidance and notably his friendship have greatly shaped my professional career. I also had the enjoyment of meeting and interacting with Professors George Crombie and Paul Katsampes, MPA Program Director Don Hartman, and Assistant Director Chris Ormsby. I felt the MPA faculty truly went above and beyond to provide not only a wonderful academic experience to my cohort, but also shared their own experiences in an effort to assist graduates with their future endeavors.”