AMBASSADOR GREG ENGLE DELIVERS
THE WILIAM P. HOBBY DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
CONFERENCE IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE PUBLIC MANAGER JOURNAL
On Friday February 20, 2009, over 150 ASPA and Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students attended the Annual Texas American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Conference which was held at Texas State University’s Higher Education Learning Center in Round Rock, Texas. The annual Conference was sponsored by the Texas Chapters of ASPA, the Journal, The Public Manager, and Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.
The 2009 conference coordinators were Dr. Ken Matwiczak, Senior Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor and Director of the Texas CPM Program and Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service. Also, attending and participating in the Conference was ASPA’s President Don Klinger.
The 2009 Texas Conference featured twelve breakouts and two plenary sessions. Delivering the plenary presentation was the Honorable Gregory W. Engle, Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson School Of Public Affairs; Ambassador Engle is also the former Managing Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq and the former Ambassador to the Togolese Republic. The title of his presentation was “Opportunities and Challenges in International Public Management”. Former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby was in attendance and introduced Ambassador Engle to the audience.
In addition to the Hobby Distinguished Lecture, Mr. Harvey Kronberg, noted Texas political analyst and editor of the Quorum Report, conducted a plenary session on the current politics and activities of Texas Government and the Texas Legislative Session.
The Texas CPM and ASPAConference featured a series of breakout panels which focused on the conference theme “Opportunities and Challenges for Public Service”. Panels were sponsored by the Texas CPM Program, Texas ASPA Chapters, and Public Administration Programs at Texas universities around the state.
Assessing Accountability Requirements in State and Local Government
Panel sponsored by the Texas CPM Program and the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Looking for a Bold Future: Creating a Community Vision
Panel sponsored by the MPA Program of Texas State University.
Public Services Careers: Challenges and Opportunities in Public Service
Panel sponsored by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Fundamentals of Grant Writing
Panel sponsored by the Bush School of Government and Public Policy at Texas A&M University.
Coping with Natural Disasters in Texas: Preparing and Cleaning Up after Hurricane Ike
Panel sponsored by the Texas CPM Program and City Mangers of Texas.
Public Diplomacy Challenges: International to Local
Panel sponsored by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin.
Performance Management Equals Performance Improvement
Panel sponsored by the Texas CPM Program.
Return on Investment with CPM Programs in Texas
Panel sponsored by the faculty and students in the MPA & CPM Programs at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Texas.
Whither the DHS, Wither the Border Fence?: Implications for Homeland Security in the Rio Grande Valley.
Panel sponsored by the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Challenges and Happenings on the Texas Gulf Coast
Panel sponsored by the MPA and CPM faculty and students of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Chapter of ASPA.
Additional breakout panels focusing on professional development were composed of faculty, alumni and students from MPA and CPM Programs at Texas universities. In addition to the panels, Texas ASPA chapter leaders and CPM Alumni held their business meetings at this Conference.
As a companion to the Conference, the 5rd Annual CPM and ASPA golf tournament was held in conjunction with the Conference. The tournament was conducted on Thursday February 19th at the TeraVista Golf Course in Round Rock, Texas.
The Annual Texas ASPA and CPM Conference is a result of close collaboration between the Texas CPM Program and the various ASPA Chapters throughout the State. It is also a result of the close coordination between the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University and the other graduate programs in public administration located throughout the State of Texas. Co-sponsoring the Conference for the second time was the journal, The Public Manager.
For additional information about the Texas CPM Program, please go to www.txstate.edu/cpm and/or contact Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor and Chair of Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at 512.245.3453 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information about the Journal, The Public Manager go to www.thepublicmanager.org.