In July 1995, the Public Service Academy, a division of the Continuing Education Program at Texas State University, formerly Southwest Texas State University (SWT), began offering the Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program for Texas' state and local government and non-profit sector employees.
SWT began offering the Texas CPM Program for Texas after being authorized in April 1995 by the National Certified Public Managers® (CPM) Consortium. The national consortium authorizes only one organization per state to deliver the national CPM Program.
On May 18, 1996, the CPM Program for Texas received full accreditation from the National Consortium of Certified Public Managers®.
On April 30, 1998, the SWT Public Service Academy received a $1 million endowment from former Texas Lt. Governor William P. Hobby and the name of the SWT Public Service Academy was changed to the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.
In addition to providing support for the center's operation, the endowment also established a professorship in Hobby's name. The holder of the professorship is Dr. Howard R. Balanoff, director of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.