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Spring 2018 CPM Course Schedule with Academic Course Numbers for Round Rock & San Marcos

Click here for a listing of CPM courses that will be taught in San Marcos and Round Rock in the Spring 2018 semester. The schedule includes course numbers for undergraduate and graduate academic credit. Registration for these courses is open now for Certification Credit only. For academic credit registration in Banner begins on October 23rd and ends on December 22nd.

Conversion Chart for CPM Tracks to Academic Course Numbers in Round Rock and San Marcos.

Click here for a list of CPM Tracks offered in San Marcos and Round Rock with the course numbers for undergraduate and graduate academic courses.

New Cycle of CPM Courses in Dallas/Fort Worth Area Scheduled to Begin in January 2018

A new cycle of CPM courses has been scheduled to begin in January 2018 at the North Central Texas Council of Governments in Arlington, Texas. Registrations are now being accepted for the Dallas/Fort Worth CPM 2018 Program.

Click here for a schedule of 2018 CPM courses in Arlington.

TEXAS CPM 2017 Grad Publishes Research In International Police Chief Magazine

Recent Texas CPM Graduate, Gene Ellis, Police Chief & Assistant City Manager in Belton, Texas, has published his Capstone research in "The Police Chief" magazine, the official publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

In Chief Ellis' article titled, Prevention-Focused Community Policing Building Public Trust, he explored Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing (1829) with current community-oriented policing models adopted in the mid-1980s. His research found that true community policing is an understanding that the police cannot do it alone and must build partnerships with the community to solve community problems. He focused on seven steps to building public trust in policing using a prevention-focused policing model that inclues:

1. Make prevention the focus of police operations.
2. Foster a servant-guardian mentality in officers.
3. Make quality of life the end game.
4. Embrace smart policing initiatives.
5. Develop law enforcement staff.
6. Adopt “best practices” in policing.
7. Promote an officer safety mind-set.

Chief Gene Ellis is a 28-year veteran of policing and has served as a police chief for over 18 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in criminal justice from St. Ambrose University, and he is a graduate of the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy and of the Certified Public Manager Program through Texas State University. Chief Ellis also serves as assistant city manager for the City of Belton in addition to his police chief duties.

CPM Paper Presented at the European Group in Public Administration (EGPA) Conference in Milan, Italy on August 30, 2017

Howard & Marilyn Balanoff have co-authored a paper with Nikol Hopman, from Leiden University in the Netherlands and Goos Mindeman, from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The title of the paper is The National Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program: A Model for Public and Nonprofit Leaders and Managers around the World.  The paper was presented at the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Conference on August 30. 2017. Howard Balanoff, Marilyn Balanoff, Goos Mindeman & Casper VanDenBerg, a member of the faculty at Leiden University presented the paper at EGPA.

Click here for a copy of the paper.

Picture of the CPM presenters at the EGPA Conference (click on picture to enlarge).


Starting in the Fall 2017 Semester MPA Internships will be coordinated by Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Director of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.

Click here for the Revised Internship Guidelines. For additional information please contact Dr. Balanoff at and/or 512/245-3453.

Click here to access the online MPA Student Data Internship Form. All MPA students whether or not they are interested in an Internship are required to complete this form.

Click here to access the online Employer Internship Request Form if you are a public or not-for-profit sector employer or a related private sector employer that is looking to hire an MPA Intern.

Texas CPM June 12, 2017 Graduation

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.

Click here for pictures of graduates and video of the Graduation Speaker.

2017 Texas CPM Conference

The 2017 Texas CPM Conference and William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture was a great success on Friday April 7, 2017 at the Texas State University Avery Building in Round Rock, Texas.

Click here for video and presentation material from the CPM Conference speakers.

Howard and Marilyn Balanoff Receive Proclamation of Appreciation at National CPM Consortium Conference.

Dr. Howard Balanoff and Ms. Marilyn Balanoff received a "Proclamation of Appreciation" for Service to the National Certified Public Manager ® (CPM) Consortium at the Oct 23-25 Annual Conference in Baltimore MD.

Click here to view the Proclamation and picture.

Blast from the Past

Click here for a video of the 1st Texas CPM Graduation which was conducted by Governor George Bush in December 1996.