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2005 Graduations

Texas CPM Graduation Held on December 12, 2005
at the Texas State Capitol

Graduation Speech Delivered by Congressman John Carter—46 CPM Graduates Recognized
Former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby Presents UT Professor Emeritus Terrell Blodgett with Service to the Profession Award

On December 12, 2005, the Texas CPM Program, which is offered by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, held its semi-annual graduation ceremony at the Texas State Capitol. Delivering the graduation speech was the Honorable John Carter, District 31 Congressman from Central Texas. Congressman Carter spoke about the leadership and management challenges faced by public sector managers in Texas and United States.

Dr. Howard Balanoff (right) presenting a plaque of appreciation to United States Congressman John Carter, who gave the CPM graduation speech.

 

At the CPM Graduation ceremony former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby presented University of Texas Professor Emeritus Terrell Blodgett with a special award for his lifelong service to the City Management Profession. Professor Blodgett, the author of the book A History of City Management in Texas, was presented with an honorary CPM Graduation Diploma.

Former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby (left) presents UT Professor Emeritus Terrell Blodgett with a special award for outstanding service to the Texas City Management Profession.
Ron Faulkenberry, former Director of Planning with the City of Burnet was presented with the Askew Award for the best Applied Project in Texas. The award was given to Mr. Faulkenberry by the American Academy of Certified Public Managers (AACPM).

An additional award for Service to the Texas CPM Program was presented to Ms. Janice Springer by Dr. Steve Springer, Director of Texas State University’s Occupational Education Department.
After the graduation ceremony was concluded, a reception for the CPM graduates and their guests was held in the Capitol Grill at the Texas Capitol.

The December 12, 2005 CPM Graduation included 31 participants who graduated under the direction of Texas State University William P. Hobby Center for Public Service. This group included 10 managers from the City of Abilene, Texas; 9 participants from the CPM Program on the Texas State University campus and 12 participants from the Brooks City Base Program located in San Antonio.

In addition, graduates from the following universities completed the CPM Program. 2 participants from the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs; 7 participants from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington; 4 participants from Sam Houston State University’s CPM Program located in Houston, Texas and 2 participants from the Stephen F. Austin CPM Program located in Nacogdoches, Texas.

A list of CPM Graduates is provided below by University Program location.

Texas State University Campus Program
Linda Cook, Susan Gale Gehring Liker, Noel Thomas Horan, Cynthia Machado, Elaine Mays, David Nelson, Steven W. Pettit, Carmen Sifuentes, and Peggy Gigout Sigwald.

Graduates of the Texas State University Campus CPM Program.


Carmen Sifuentes (center), a child support officer with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, receives her CPM plaque from Congressman John Carter (right) and former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby.
Texas State University City of Abilene Program
Rodney Abila, Larry Wayne Bell, Gregory W. Brown, Odis Dolton, Joy Hedges, Mark W. Moore, Pamela Stover Percival, David Lee Sartor, Carl D. Scott, and Mindy Reed Whisenhunt.

CPM Graduates from the City of Abilene with Dr. Howard Balanoff (right) and former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby (2nd from right).


Mindy Whisenhunt (center), Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Abilene, receives her CPM plaque from Congressman John Carter (right) and former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby.
Texas State University Brooks City Base, San Antonio Program
Leslie Amerson, Angie Burns, Pedro Lara Casias, Carrie Catherine Crane, James Patrick Garbett, Maria Elena Griffith, Felix Guerra, Maria Elena Martinez, Reynaldo Martinez, Alice A. Orta, Olivia D. Ramirez, and Tracy Shelton.

Graduates of the Brooks City Base CPM Program with Dr. Steve Springer, Coordinator of the Brooks CPM Program (right).
University of Texas at Austin (LBJ School of Public Affairs) Program
Shiidon Bahi Hawley and Phyllis Perkins.

University of Texas at Arlington (School of Urban & Public Affairs) Program
James R. Earp, Kenneth E. Francis, Dolph Johnson, Karen D. Kirby, Sui-Kwan Rebecca Koo, Vicki Mikel, and Jeanie Putman.

Sui-Kwan Rebecca Koo (center), a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington CPM Program, receives her CPM plaque from Congressman John Carter (right) and former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby.
Sam Houston State University City of Houston Program
Kevin F. Dickson, Andrea Gardner, Jerry Gardner, and Mabel Thorne.

Jerry Gardner (center), Fire Chief for the City of Pasadena, receives his CPM plaque from Congressman John Carter (right) and
former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby.
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches Program
Aron L. Kulhavy and Mathias B. Serrano.

Graduation Speech Delivered by Dr. Ken Ashworth, Former Commissioner of Higher Education for Texas—25 CPM Graduates Recognized

Former Texas Lt. Governor, William P. Hobby Attends Graduation Ceremony

On June 14, 2005, the Texas CPM Program, which is offered by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, held its semi-annual graduation ceremony at the Texas State Capitol. Delivering the graduation speech was UT LBJ School & Bush School Professor, the Dr. Ken Ashworth, former Commissioner of Higher Education for Texas. Professor Ashworth spoke about leadership and management challenges faced by public sector managers in Texas. Click here for the full text of Dr. Ashworth's speech »

Dr. Howard Balanoff (right) presenting a plaque of appreciation
to Dr. Ken Ashworth, who gave the CPM graduation speech.
 
After the graduation ceremony was concluded, a reception for the CPM graduates and their guests was held in the Capitol Grill at the Texas Capitol.

Graduates of UT Austin’s LBJ School CPM Program.

 
After the graduation ceremony was concluded, a reception for the CPM graduates and their guests was held in the Capitol Grill at the Texas Capitol.

San Antonio Police Officer, James Warner (center)
receives a plaque from Dr. Ken Ashworth (left).


 
The June 2005 graduates of the Texas CPM Program include 14 who graduated under the direction of Texas State University William P. Hobby Center for Public Service including 4 managers from the Department of Community Initiatives of the City of San Antonio, Texas; 6 from the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs 6 from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington and 1 from Sam Houston State University’s CPM Program located in Houston, Texas.

Cheryl Austin, Director of Administration for the City of Rockwall, a Graduate of the UT Arlington CPM Program receives her CPM Certification from Commissioner Ken Ashworth (left). David Tees, Director of the UT Arlington CPM Program is shown on the right.

 
A list of CPM Graduates is provided below by Program location.

Texas State University
San Marcos Campus, San Antonio and Houston Programs

Arthur Adame, Anne Walker Covert, Larry Davila, Jessie U. DeLos Santos, Tracie Enriques, Ron Faulkenberry, Ramiro Fernandez, Homer Garcia, Ismael Garcia, Antoine Lane, Michael Mendiola, Scott Okland, Laura Sullivan, James Warner

University of Texas at Austin (LBJ School of Public Affairs)
Clarissa Bennett, Maurice Dunn, Anthony Harkey, Rose Milligan, Gloria Taylor, Michael Taylor

University of Texas at Arlington (School of Urban & Public Affairs)
Cheryl Austin, Jeffrey Butters, Michael Dunn, Shan English, Jan Kleinheksel
Sam Houston State University

City of Houston Program
Regina Dickson

Regina Dickson, Manager with the City of Houston’s Public Works Department and a graduate of the Sam Houston State
University CPM Program receives her CPM Certification from Commissioner Ken Ashworth (left). Don Moore, Director of the Sam Houston State University CPM Program is shown
on the right with Dr. Howard R. Balanoff.