Welcome to the inaugural edition of COMPA’s newsletter! The newsletter is designed to highlight COMPA activities and spotlight the work of COMPA’s members. COMPA is committed to “serving and assisting public administrators, students and other professionals involved in public service, while promoting excellence in the field of public administration.” We are actively engaged in conference planning and invite you to join us for the 49th Annual COMPA Conference, February 26-29, 2020 in Peachtree City, GA. This year’s conference theme is “2020 Vision: Refocusing, Reforming & Restoring Public Service Values and Governance.” This year’s theme is timely and a call to action for public service leaders to embody and exemplify the four core values espoused by ASPA; accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity in our service to the profession and to the citizenry. The 2020 conference theme highlights the courageous work of those who despite the political, social and economic climax are using their voice, their research and their efforts to positively affect and make a significant difference in their respective spheres of influence, their communities and the nation. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit our website at www.compaspanet.orgor contact the 2020 COMPA Host Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, I want to acknowledge and congratulate former COMPA President and distinguished COMPA member, Dr. Blue Wooldridge on his retirement from Virginia Commonwealth University. We echo the sentiments of VCU who noted that, “Wooldridge has been a stalwart force for equity and inclusion in every realm of his academic life — whether in the Wilder School, the university or the community as a whole.” Blue has been a trailblazer in the field of equity and is a nationally recognized scholar on social equity and financial management in the field of public administration. Concomitantly, Blue has extensive service to the field of public administration, is a NAPA fellow, is the recipient of numerous awards and served on various committees to promote diversity and inclusion. Congratulations Blue on all your accomplishments and for all you have done for COMPA and to advance the field of public administration; we salute you and wish you well in your future endeavors!