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Faculty Spotlight Joe Saviak

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Tom Bexley

“Gaining my degree in Public Administration from Flagler College is one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It was not out of the ordinary for me to learn something in class one night and use it the next day on the job. Not only has my degree given me the tools necessary to reach my current position, but will hopefully help propel me to the next level when I run for public office in 2 years.”

Tom Bexley (2012 Graduate)
Chief Deputy/Chief Operations Officer, Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Flagler County, Florida

Donald Schrager

“The Flagler College PAD program gave me the tools necessary to better understand the entire organization and increase my contributions to our city. Graduating from the PAD program has inspired me to continue my education towards a Master’s degree.”

Donald Schrager (2013 Graduate)
Stormwater System Specialist, City of Palm Coast

Nancy Vail

“One of the best experiences of my life, great program, dedicated teachers, awesome school.”

Nancy Vail (2009 Graduate)
Community volunteer with Guardian Ad Litem

"Flagler College provided the most pleasant and enriching experience of any institution I have attended. The individualized attention, quality of instruction, and professors' depth of experience impressed me. I would highly recommend Flagler College's Public Administration program to any individual seeking to complete their degree and advance their career."

Brian H. Graham (2013 Graduate)
Community Relations Coordinator
Bradford County School District

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Faculty Spotlight : Joe Saviak

Passionate About Public Service

Photo of Joe SaviakNo matter what the course topic, Professor Joe Saviak’s enthusiasm for learning and applying best practices in local governance are evident in every course.

Saviak teaches in Flagler College’s Public Administration Program, which teaches students skills such as management, budgeting, human resources, administrative ethics, program evaluation, public policy and grant writing.

Saviak’s experience reaches well beyond the classroom. Prior to teaching at Flagler College, Saviak worked as a senior administrator in local government and has served on senior management teams responsible for significantly improving the performance of agencies with over 1,000 employees and annual budgets in excess of $100 million.

Today, students and alumni seek out Saviak’s advice on policy issues, which he is always glad to share.

“One of the best parts of teaching in the PAD Program is that I have an opportunity to have an immediate impact,” said Saviak. “My students can begin applying these ideas and best management practices in their jobs the very next day.”

Many of those students and alumni are employed in more than 50 government agencies, companies, and non-profit organizations across seven counties in Northeast and Central Florida.

“Whenever I need perspective on an issue I am facing in my department, I know that I can pick up the phone and call Dr. Saviak,” stated Chief Mike Patterson, an alumnus who leads Emergency and Fire Services for Putnam County.

Lt. Skip Cole and Sgt. Catherine Patrick of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office asked for Saviak’s help when submitting a grant application they developed during their grant-writing course with him. The grant they won has helped the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office solve a series of cold case homicides.

“At the time, we didn’t fully appreciate why our grant writing course was so rigorous,” said Patrick. “But I now know, he wasn’t simply teaching how to write grants, but how to win them.”

Saviak holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree both in Political Science from the University of Florida. He earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law as well as a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida.

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