On June 15, 2009, the Texas CPM Program, which is offered by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, held its bi-annual CPM Graduation at the Texas State Capitol. Delivering the graduation speech was the Honorable John C. Otto of the Texas State House of Representatives.
Representative Otto who had just received the Texas Monthly designation as one of the most effective legislators in Texas discussed some of the ways in which public managers can meet the leadership and financial management challenges of the 21st Century.
CPM Graduate, Ms. Kim Pendergraft, Program Director for the Texas Municipal League (2nd from left) with Representative John Otto (2nd from right) and Andrew Hobby, son of former Texas Lt. Governor William P. Hobby (far left) and Dr. Howard Balanoff (far right).
The introduction and welcome to the CPM graduates and guests was given by Mr. Larry Gonzales, Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Texas State University System. Mr. Gonzales is also a current student in the Texas State University’s MPA Program.
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Michael Barrera, Rudy Bentancourt, Theresa Carmichael, Adele Frese, Julie Guerra, Juanita Hernandez, Michael Hernandez, Edward Herrera, Jennifer Knox-Walker, Claudia Lobell, Yolanda Moreno, Joe Reyes, Elsa Saenz, Sandra Santos, Ronald Sepulveda, Yolanda Slubar, Sandra Ysassi, Eliseo Zuniga.
On December 7, 2009, the Texas CPM Program, offered by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, held its bi-annual CPM Graduation at the Texas State Capitol. Delivering the graduation speech was the Mr. Andy Sansom, Director of the Texas State University Rivers Institute and former Director of the State of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The introduction and welcome to the CPM graduates and guests was given by the Honorable Charles Matthews, Chancellor of the Texas State University System. Mr. Matthews is an alumnus of the Texas CPM Program and also is also a graduate from Texas State University’s MPA Program. Andy Sansom, the CPM Graduation speaker was introduced by former Texas Lt. Governor William P. Hobby.
One of the highlights of the graduation ceremony was the induction of 71 CPM graduates into the Texas CPM Alumni Society. The December 2009 CPM Graduation was very special because it was one of the largest classes to ever graduate from the Texas CPM Program. In addition, CPM Graduates received a Certificate from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) confirming their CPM graduation along with their regular CPM graduation certificate.
In addition to the induction of the CPM students, Chancellor Charles Matthews who introduced the Graduation Speaker was presented with a plaque as the Distinguished CPM Alumni Award. An award for the best Texas CPM Project was given by the American Academy for Certified Public Managers (AACPM) to Ms. Raiza Ruiz, Public Health Program Specialist, Travis County Health Department for her Applied Project entitled, “Tuberculosis and the Homelessness: A Study of Current TB Control and Prevention Practices in Austin/Travis County Shelters”.
After the graduation ceremony concluded, a reception for the CPM graduates and their guests was held in the Capitol Grill at the Texas Capitol.
In addition to the 28 Graduates of the Texas State University CPM Program, the June 2009 graduates of the Texas CPM Program included 12 who graduated under the direction of the University of Texas at Arlington Program, 10 from the City of Houston CPM Program offered by Sam Houston State University, and 21 from the University of Texas at Pan American CPM Program. A list of the December 2009 CPM Graduates is provided below by Program location.
Texas State University: San Marcos, Round Rock & San Antonio and Levelland Programs
San Marcos: Carol Butts, David Gaines, Linda Hicks, Gerald Templeton Round Rock: Paul Emerson Jr., William Gibbens, Regina Hall, Karen Williams
San Antonio: Troy Baird, Rita Garcia, James Lehman, Tri Cao Nguyen, Troy Rude, Lawrence Suarez, Carl Wedige
Llevelland: Sarianne Beversdorf, Rick Crownover, Michael Van Cypert, Eddie Edwards, Mrgo Hardin, Terry Howard, Michael Lamberson, Roger McKinney, Rick Osburn, Pat Riley, Ramon Sanchez, Gay Lynn Stone
The University of Texas at Arlington Dallas/Fort Worth
Mark Ashmead, Matthew “Wayne” Crabtree, Linda Evans, Richard Hollensed, Michael Jump, Peter Kampfer, Mark Krey, George Olson, Ryan Polster, Ramon Sanchez-Mora Karla Stovall, Richard Tow
Sam Houston State University City of Houston CPM Program
Guadencio Arenas, Carmen Gordon, Desmond Jones, Raymond Marney, Leo Mouton, Lynn Phipps, Aundrea Scales, Paul Sims, Jackie Smith, John Wayner
The University of Texas at Pan American
Elvira Anonzo, Jose Cantu, Roy Cantu Jr., Nyla Flatau, Roy Garcia, Roxanne de le Garza, Jaime Guzman, Miguel Hernandez Jr., Kenneth Krause, David Melaas, Samuel Mercado, Noe Montez, Annette Muniz, Ana Romero, Jose Salinas, Jose Solis, James Trevino, Marco Vega, Annette Villarreal, Alfredo Zamarripa, Sandra Zamora