Profile of MPA/MURP Alum Kevin Patterson

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Ask Kevin Patterson about his stint as interim chief of staff for Gov. John Hickenlooper and he will tell you with a chuckle, “There are more stories I can’t tell than ones I can.”

Patterson, who earned the dual Master of Public Administration / Master of Urban and Regional Planning from CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs, is willing to share what he calls his most “fascinating” experience as interim chief—Hickenlooper’s apology to Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe members for the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.

“This event was still fresh in the minds of descendants of the victims of this massacre, as if it had happened yesterday, so the apology also felt fresh to them,” Patterson said. “You knew you were watching history being made. It just took 150 years to make it.”

Read the rest of the story on the CU Denver Newsroom.

~via Vicki Hildner, University Communications

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