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Eric Wade, ’82, ’85 (M.P.A.)
 Distinguished Alumnus, 2002

Eric Wade is a shining example of what a Park University education can prepare a graduate to accomplish. Wade received a bachelors of arts degree in political science from Park University in 1982 and earned a masters degree from the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs in 1985.
        Since graduation Wade has carved out a distinguished career in local public service in the Greater Kansas City area. His career includes serving as a Budget Analyst with the City of Kansas City, Missouri and Assistant City Administrator with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri. These positions were followed by nearly twelve years as the City Administrator of Merriam, Kansas, where he oversaw all areas of city administration, including budgeting and capital improvements.
        He played a major role in the development of Merriam Towne Center at I-35 and Johnson Drive. In 2000, Wade became the Johnson County, Kansas Deputy County Manager. Johnson County is home to approximately 460,000 residents and covers 477 square miles with 21 cities. Wade is responsible for the county’s Development Services,  including Public Works, Stormwater  Management, Transit, Wastewater, Environmental, Airports, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Zoning Administration, Facilities Management and Finance. These departments have more than 870 employees and budgets totaling over $170 million.
        This is not the first time Park has shown its pride in this graduate. In 1992, the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs named Wade Outstanding Alumnus for Area A (Public Management). He has also received the Stanley Fisher Outstanding Graduate School Award from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society of Public Affairs. In 2001 they also named Wade the Greater Kansas City Chapter of ASPA Local Administrator of the Year.
        Wade is a lifetime resident of the Kansas City area. His wife, Kerri is a nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Daughter Brooke is five years old. He also has served on Park’s Alumni Council.
        Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann brought Wade’s achievements to the attention of the Alumni Council when he nominated Wade for the
2002 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Over the years Dr. Hauptmann has watched his former student climb the ladder from his position in the second graduating class of HSPA to hold one of the top spots in one of the most affluent counties in the country.