10 Years Ago: Ivy League experience helped shape ITD's Pemble
Sometimes it is difficult to see the benefit of time spent in particular activities like sitting in a traffic jam at the same time day after day, or spending another hour in the waiting room of the doctor's office. But sometimes the significance, and reward, is immediately realized. Having the opportunity to attend Harvard fits that category. The academic magnitude and prestige is palpable. The lifelong benefits are abundantly clear.
Ten years ago, in July 2004, Drivers Services Manager Ed Pemble took the opportunity to go back east to Cambridge, Mass., for a three-week intensive training course at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
Pemble was one of two people selected by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to attend. He was there along with about 60 others from every level of government, city, state, and county. No state money was used for tuition or travel, he points out. It was funded by a scholarship paid by a fellowship award from AAMVA.
The course attracted participants from 24 states and three foreign countries, including city managers, mayors, fire chiefs, a deputy attorney general, state representative, chiefs of police, sheriffs, commissioners, council members, and others.
Despite the rigor of those three summer weeks, Pemble looks back a decade later with fondness- it was a memorable experience and one he cherishes still.
The Harvard program included historical case studies analyzing actions of government officials and the outcomes of those actions. Each class session included rich sharing of ideas, approaches, conclusions and potential applications. There were also team assignments that required creativity and negotiation to complete. The Harvard experience brought a greater level of confidence; a better appreciation for diversity and diverse opinions and a realization that one needs help and support from others to get things done and be successful. One can't do it alone.
Toward the end of the course, a presentation was made regarding careers dedicated to government service. Reflecting on a government career offers the satisfaction of knowing a positive difference was made in the lives of others.
(Above) Ed Pemble, far right, and fellow participants pose for a photograph