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On August 17, 2018, the State of New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) program held its annual graduation ceremony. Seven cohorts concluded, producing 128 graduates. The cohorts were comprised of representatives from diverse public-sector areas such as, emergency management, IT, law enforcement, environmental oversight, employee counseling, finance, and program planning. As administrators, we remain committed to facilitating our CPM students' immersion in “diversity of thought” to ensure that as graduates of the program they have the perspectives and resources needed to excel in today’s globally competitive workforce.
The Florida Certified Public Manager (CPM) program is honoring 353 new graduates this summer, bringing the total number of CPM graduates in Florida to approximately 6,260 — more than any other state.
The CPM program is a nationally recognized leadership development program currently delivered in 38 states. The purpose is to develop more effective public managers and improve services to all Florida taxpayers.
Three separate CPM graduation ceremonies are taking place this summer, each the culmination of a three-day leadership conference.
Today, 181 students received their certification during a ceremony at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in Tallahassee.
The program will honor 108 new graduates Aug. 30 at the Bartow Civic Center in Bartow and 64 new graduates Sept. 14 at the North Collier Regional Park in Naples.
Florida has one of the most successful CPM programs in the country. It is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University, which is part of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.
Graduates have completed a rigorous two-year program, including 32 days of training, plus required projects and exams. More than 100 government agencies, including cities, counties, state and constitutional offices, have participated in the Florida CPM program.
For more information on the CPM program, visit www.fcpm.fsu.edu.
On Thursday, May 10th, the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC) graduated 15 Arkansas Certified Public Managers® at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Graduates were Crystal Walton, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Veronica Wicker Alexander, Arkansas Department of Labor, Darla Brooks, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Mark Cutrer, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Tim Harrison, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, Lisa Mayers, Pulaski County Assessor’s Office, Joshua Middleton, Disability Determination for Social Security Administration, Mikel Murders, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, Crystal Phelps, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Jimmy Powell, Pulaski County Assessor’s Office, Leonard Smith, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, Samuel Sparrow, Commissioner of State Lands, Rosetta Toles, Arkansas State Medical Board, TyJunia Nicole Clark, Arkansas Community Connection, and Charles Gastineau, City of Ward.
Mikel Murders was honored with the Askew Award and Best Project Plan for his exceptional capstone project, titled “Centralized Discharge Station for Hauled Liquid Waste.” Mikel serves as the Environmental Sampling Supervisor for the Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority and oversees operations for the Authority’s pretreatment, bio solids and sampling programs. His project is aimed at creating a centralized disposal facility that will provide hauled liquid waste transporters a more environmentally sound option for disposal of wastewater.
For more information, contact Biranda Lumpkin, CPM Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marie Lindquist, Executive Director of the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium at email@example.com. Additional information about the Arkansas Certified Public Manager® Program can be found at http://ualr.edu/publicaffairs/apac/.
On August 11, 2017, there were 123 proud New Jersey public servants who graduated from the New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program delivered by Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA).
The graduating class was comprised of varied public sector leaders from across New Jersey. Graduates included: a town Mayor, State Division Director, Police Captain, Business Administrator, Battalion Chief, City Clerk, and Employment Supervisor (to name a few). The graduates exemplify dedicated public servants who contribute the diversity of intellect in practice that the Civil Service Commission and Rutgers University strive to achieve with the CPM program.
Through their pursuit and completion of the CPM credential, graduates demonstrated their commitment to develop leadership skills and apply public sector best practices. As a notable example of these standards, the Askew Award was presented to Christina Oatman, of the Cherry Hill Fire Department, in recognition of her exemplary capstone project, “Facing a New Threat: A World of Shifting Paradigms”. There were seven other graduates recognized for their notable capstone projects at the graduation ceremony.
Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated sixty-two new Texas Certified Public Managers® at the Texas State Capitol on Monday June 12, 2017. The CPM graduates and their families came from CPM Programs at the following locations: Arlington, Houston, Edinburg and Nacogdoches, Round Rock, San Marcos Texas. The graduates participated in CPM Programs offered by the following universities, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, the University of Houston and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The Graduation Speaker, Chris Hartung, is a regular and popular instructor in Texas CPM programs. Mr. Hartung is the President of Chris Hartung Consulting and a former City Manager of the City of Denton Texas. In the graduation address, Chris spoke about the need to regain public trust, through relationship building, active communication and ensuring the community understands “why” government decisions are made.
You can see the list of graduates from each university program, view photos, and watch Chris Hartung’s charge to graduates online here.
June 22, 2017 - UW Tacoma celebrated the accomplishment of nine new Certified Public Managers. Two additional students are on track to complete requirements in 2017-18. This was a challenging year for this CPM cohort that started with 12 students. The program, which takes a year to complete, saw several medical emergencies both in and out of class, and the arrival of a new bouncing baby boy. The group met on the last day to present their capstone projects and celebrate as a small group. At the end of the day, they joined the larger Professional Development celebration ceremony where completion certificates were distributed by faculty from each program.
Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated forty-one new Texas Certified Public Managers® at the State Capitol on Monday December 12, 2016. The CPM graduates and their families came from CPM Programs at the following locations: Amarillo, Arlington, Houston, Nacogdoches, Round Rock and San Marcos Texas. The graduates participated in CPM Programs offered by the following universities, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Texas Tech University, and the University of Houston.
The Graduation Speaker, Dr. Ken Matwiczak, is a regular and popular instructor in Central Texas CPM program, as well as, a recently retired Senior Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Matwiczak brought an address to graduates encouraging them to remember what CPM means, now that these letters may be added to their signature block. “C- Certified” means they are confirmed, designated and qualified. “P- Public” for serving the public good, making life better for others. “M- Manager” means skilled in the direction of others, not just managing things, but leading people. His address included advice to: 1) create and share a vision, 2) consider others before self, 3) trust and respect subordinates, 4) make the hard choices and learn from mistakes and to 5) set high ethical standards/expectations and live up to them yourself. To learn more about Dr. Matwiczak and watch the graduation speech online, go to the Texas CPM Website.
The December 2016 Graduates are listed below by University and CPM Program Location
Texas State University Arlington:
Susan Dural Cluse, Neil Howard, Jeffrey J. James, William L. Linn, Amanda Campos McCrory
Texas State University Round Rock:
Steve Adcock, Justin Crook, Leah Ann Folgate, Diane P. Garcia, Ryan Devin Haverlah, Rachel Reyna, Sibelis Rodriguez, Dexter Lamott Smith, Liza Trevino
Texas State University San Marcos:
Celia M. DeLeon, Les Stephens
Sam Houston State University, Houston:
Betty D. Davis, Latarsha Living, Jerry Don Morgan, Elroyal Morris Jr., David Murillo, Renata Collins Spann
Stephen F. Austin State University:
Texas Tech University:
Daniel Anthony Anderson, Josè Alfonso Cavazos, Steve Eggleston, Brent Harrison, Nathaniel Shane Jones, Scott A. McDonald, Dustin R. Meyer, Amy M. Northam, Joseph Holt Price, Brent A. Walker, Johnnie Williams, Glynn Wade Willson
University of Houston:
Kenith Adcox, Kellie Ann Buchanan, Paula Favors, Terry David Lynch, Ronald Kent Parker, Kevin Rooney
Congratulations to all December 2016 Certified Public Manager® graduates!
For more information, contact Dr. Howard R. Balanoff, the William P. Hobby Professor of Public Service at Texas State University. He is also the Director of the Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512/245-345. Additional information about the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and the Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program can be found at www.txstate.edu/cpm
ST. CROIX — September 15, 2016 - Thirteen students — all government employees — on Wednesday graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands’s Certified Public Manager® Program on St. Croix. A similar graduation event occurred the day before in St. Thomas.
From left to right: Genevieve Whitaker and Valcina A. Quashie-Peters. (Credit Ernice Gilbert, VIC)
NCPMC Chairperson, Mary De Lorenzo, attended on behalf of the Consortium.
Speaking at yesterday’s event, UVI President Dr. David Hall congratulated the graduates, and urged them to view the milestone not as another certification achieved, but rather an important block in their quest to become better public servants.
“In those early discussions, our notion of why we wanted to do this, was to make an investment in the quality of people who are managing and leading the Government of the Virgin Islands,” Dr. Hall said. “And that is still our mission, ro make sure that we don’t just sit back and complain about what’s wrong with an agency or what’s wrong with the government in general, but that we do something — that we invest in the quality of individuals who are leading and managing the Government of the Virgin Islands. And your participation and completion of this program demonstrates that that is a good investment, and one that we are confident will pay off in the future.”
Graduating from St. Croix yesterday were Florine Audain-Hassell, Legislature of the Virgin Islands, Natalie Bailey, Department of Human Services, Andrea E. Barreiro, Department of Human Services, Desiree Bennett-Felix, Department of Labor, Tresa Civil, Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, Selma Deterville-DaCosta, Department of Human Services, Laura M. Forbes, Juan F. Luis Hospital, Keverine D. George, Department of Human Services, Sarah Naomi James, Department of Human Services, Debora Nieves-George, Department of Labor, Valcina A. Quashie-Peters, Office of Collective Bargaining, Genevieve Whitaker, Elections System of the Virgin Islands, and Zelda M. Williams, Virgin Islands Housing Authority.
Source: The Virgin Islands Consortium
Some of the new graduates - photo by Jane Sharp
On Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, exactly 100 New Jersey public servants graduated from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration’s (SPAA) New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program. Held in Rutgers University’s Cook Student Center, the ceremony highlighted various facets of public service as certificates were presented to police officers, firefighters, analysts, and managers and directors at the municipal, county, and state levels.
“Students learn from the instructors, as well as from each other, and graduate with both improved leadership skills and renewed commitment to public service.”
Offered through the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission, and accredited by the National Consortium of Certified Public Managers, the New Jersey CPM Program at Rutgers SPAA equips participants with skills to become more effective leaders and managers within their organizations through courses that teach strategic thinking, budget processes, administrative law, and management, among other topics.
Two graduates were presented with Askew Awards – bronze medallions awarded to CPM graduates whose capstones serve as examples of excellence in public service by bringing measurable change to government, improving customer service, and empowering vulnerable populations. Wayne Jeter, the manager of training for the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission, presented the awards to Corporal Timothy Brown of the Glassboro Police Department and Sergeant Denise Palmisano of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department. Jeter also recognized 13 award nominees with notable capstones.
View program with all graduate names and Capstone Project Titles
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Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated fifty-nine new Texas Certified Public Managers at the Texas State Capitol on Monday June 6, 2016. The CPM graduates and their families came from CPM Programs at the following locations: Amarillo, Arlington, Houston, Edinburg and Nacogdoches, Round Rock, San Antonio, San Marcos Texas. The graduates participated in CPM Programs offered by the following universities, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The Graduation Speaker, Alan Bojorquez, is a regular and popular instructor in Central Texas CPM programs. As the Founder and Chairman of the Texas Center for Municipal Ethics, he brought a message to graduates encouraging them to the highest standards of ethical behavior in a time of increasing controversy and public skepticism. You can watch Alan’s speech online here.
Congratulations to all June 2016 Certified Public Manager graduates!
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