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Professor Invited to Meet with Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Professor Paul Force-Emery Mackie to discuss mental health issues with former first lady at symposium in Atlanta.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-11-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato Professor Paul Force-Emery Mackie will travel to the Carter Center in Atlanta next week to meet with former first lady Rosalynn Carter at the 30th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy on Nov. 20-21.

Symposium discussions at the invitation-only event will focus on mental health issues and work on federal policy position papers in that legislative area.

Mackie, a professor in the Department of Social Work in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, was invited to attend based on his current position as president-elect of the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) and his history of scholarly work and publications on rural mental health and social service issues.

According to the Carter Center website, the annual symposium was initiated in 1985 by Rosalynn Carter to “bring together national leaders in mental health to focus and coordinate their efforts on an issue of common concern.”

For more information, contact Paul Force-Emery Mackie by phone at 507-389-6335 or by email at

Mackie earned a doctorate degree in social work from the University of Denver in 2005 and a master of social work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 1999. He has been serving as a university assessment coordinator in Minnesota State Mankato’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment since 2012.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,700 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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