2023 Morton J. Tenzer Fellowship Fund: Kader Akpinar

Photo of Morton J. Tenzer Fellowship Fund awardee Kader Akpinar

This award is given to an incoming student with undergraduate academic excellence and the potential to succeed in the program. The fellowship was established in 1993, the year Professor Morton Tenzer retired from the University of Connecticut. It is intended to be used to assist in recruiting highquality instate and outofstate students.

Professor Morton J. Tenzer devoted more than 40 years to the development of public administration programming in academia at several nationally recognized universities. For many years, Tenzer headed the University of Connecticuts Institute of Urban Research while providing consulting services to numerous cities and towns. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Connecticut in 1953 and his masters from Yale University in 1954. Having worked for the Institute of Public Administration in New York, Tenzer helped in the development of an AID financed project in Peru and a Ford Foundationsponsored project in Egypt. Additionally, he served as secretary of the Latin American Development Administration Committee of the Comparative Administration Group of the American Society for Public Administration rom 19661971. Tenzer also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration in Brussels and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on International and Comparative Administration of the American Society of Public Administration. Tenzers work experience includes consulting for USAID on urban development in the Philippines and for USIS on health administration in Sri Lanka. Throughout the years he has traveled as a visiting professor and instructor to several international universities and has coauthored many articles and reviews in public administration educational training.

Kader Akpinar, MPA ‘24

Kader is a firstyear UConn SPP Master of Public Policy student with a focus in Public Financial Management. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelors in Economics and a minor in Political Science. She worked as a bank teller, before gaining nonprofit finance experience. Her career goal is to be a Data Scientist at an organization focused on advancing economic equity.