Second-year student Colton Denton has been announced as a finalist for the 2022 class of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF).
Run by the U.S. Government’s Office of Personnel Management, the PMF Program is a flagship development leadership program created for advanced degree candidates, focusing on ultimately developing a cadre of potential leaders in government.
Finalists who ultimately receive an appointment participate in a two-year training and development program within a U.S. Government department or agency. Finalists have 12 months from the announcement of their selection to accept and start a PMF appointment.
"I'm very grateful and excited to work as a Presidential Management Fellow," Denton said. "This is something I've been interested in doing for a while now, and I think that it will be a great opportunity to grow personally and professionally. The potential to work for a government agency for the public good excites me and I can't wait to get started in this new chapter of my life."
The PMF Program received 8,000 applications and selected 1,100 finalists for the Class of 2022. Selection of finalists is based on eligibility for the program as well as the candidates' application, assessment scores, and Federal agencies' reported hiring projections. The 2022 finalists' pool represents approximately 99 different academic disciplines, 299 academic institutions worldwide, and 8% are veterans.
Denton joins Emily Fischer ('10), Fernando Cutz ('12), Kate Cawvey ('12), John Vollertsen ('13) and Andrea Zekis ('20) as Presidential Management Fellows from the Clinton School of Public Service.
Denton’s first year at the Clinton School of Public Service included work with a team of students who partnered with Arkansas State University, Beebe. The team conducted research to help the school better understand what perceptions or barriers prevent high school graduates from continuing their education post high school. He completed his International Public Service Project with Syrian Emergency Task Force, creating a data map for the organization.
A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Denton graduated from Knox College with a degree in political science. Before enrolling at the Clinton School, he served as a classroom aide with Bright Futures Preschool and volunteered with Blessings in a Backpack.
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