Brock Hyland (’21) has joined Boyette Strategic Advisors as a Research Associate. In his new role, Hyland provides recommendations and best practices to community and corporate leaders.
Additionally, Hyland has been selected for the newest class of “The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s” from Arkansas Business. The annual list spotlights talented young leaders in the Arkansas business and nonprofit community.
With Boyette, Hyland’s work includes conducting research and competitive analyses of communities and organizations; creating reports in support of conclusions and recommendations; engaging with clients’ stakeholders to better understand how clients can meet stakeholder needs; and working with clients to understand their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to better identify solutions to achieve their desired outcomes.
“One of my favorite aspects of working at Boyette is working with data and numbers to craft best practice recommendations,” Hyland said. “We use a variety of different data collection tools and services, and each client's needs are so different, so searching for solutions through that approach is like going on a big Easter egg hunt – you never know what you'll find. I love getting creative with recommendations.”
Hyland’s new position allows him to incorporate numerous lessons from the Clinton School’s Master of Public Service degree program.
“The first class that comes to mind is Dr. Bavon's Program Planning,” Hyland said. “Right now, I'm working on a needs assessment for a local hospital, and I can't tell you how many times I've looked at my old class notes and papers for guidance. We’re in the process of collecting community stakeholder data, and I'm using skills that I learned in Dr. Driver's Research Methods class to code and sort that qualitative data. The Clinton School has totally prepared me for this role.”
As a Clinton School student, Hyland’s field service work included working with a team of students and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension to research innovative solutions for maintaining and developing infrastructure in rural areas of Arkansas. He partnered with the Ozark Society on his International Public Service Project, identifying and addressing issues with existing regulatory policy regarding nutrient management in Arkansas. As part of his final Capstone project, he developed the Arkansas Barbecue Trail, featuring 25 barbecue restaurants representing every region of the state.
In addition to his MPS, Hyland earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Before enrolling at the Clinton School, he worked as a summer research associate in the office of Governor Asa Hutchinson.
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