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2016 Graduations


Texas State University’s
William P. Hobby Center for Public Service
Conducts Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program Graduation
At the Texas Capitol
December 12, 2016

41 New Texas CPM Graduates Recognized

By Sue Breland

Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated forty-one new Texas Certified Public Managers at the State Capitol on Monday December 12, 2016. The CPM graduates and their families came from CPM Programs at the following locations: Amarillo, Arlington, Houston, Nacogdoches, Round Rock and San Marcos Texas. The graduates participated in CPM Programs offered by the following universities, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Texas Tech University, and the University of Houston.

The Graduation Speaker, Dr. Ken Matwiczak, is a regular and popular instructor in Central Texas CPM program, as well as, a recently retired Senior Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Matwiczak brought an address to graduates encouraging them to remember what CPM means, now that these letters may be added to their signature block. “C- Certified” means they are confirmed, designated and qualified. “P- Public” for serving the public good, making life better for others. “M- Manager” means skilled in the direction of others, not just managing things, but leading people. His address included advice to: 1) create and share a vision, 2) consider others before self, 3) trust and respect subordinates, 4) make the hard choices and learn from mistakes and to 5) set high ethical standards/expectations and live up to them yourself. To learn more about Dr. Matwiczak and watch the graduation speech online, view the video below.

The December 2016 Graduates are listed below by University and CPM Program Location

Texas State University Arlington:
Susan Dural Cluse, Neil Howard, Jeffrey J. James, William L. Linn, Amanda Campos McCrory

Texas State University Round Rock:
Steve Adcock, Justin Crook, Leah Ann Folgate, Diane P. Garcia, Ryan Devin Haverlah, Rachel Reyna, Sibelis Rodriguez, Dexter Lamott Smith, Liza Trevino

Texas State University San Marcos:
Celia M. DeLeon, Les Stephens

Sam Houston State University, Houston:
Betty D. Davis, Latarsha Living, Jerry Don Morgan, Elroyal Morris Jr., David Murillo, Renata Collins Spann

Stephen F. Austin State University:
Brant Lee

Texas Tech University
Daniel Anthony Anderson, Josè Alfonso Cavazos, Steve Eggleston, Brent Harrison, Nathaniel Shane Jones, Scott A. McDonald, Dustin R. Meyer, Amy M. Northam, Joseph Holt Price, Brent A. Walker, Johnnie Williams, Glynn Wade Willson

University of Houston:
Kenith Adcox, Kellie Ann Buchanan, Paula Favors, Terry David Lynch, Ronald Kent Parker, Kevin Rooney

Congratulations to all December 2016 Certified Public Manager graduates! Those graduates who were in attendance are pictured below.

For more information, contact Dr. Howard R. Balanoff, the William P. Hobby Professor of Public Service at Texas State University. He is also the Director of the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program and can be reached at hb02@txstate.edu or 512/245-345. Additional information about the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program can be found at www.txstate.edu/cpm


Texas State University’s
William P. Hobby Center for Public Service
Conducts Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program Graduation
At the Texas Capitol
June 6, 2016

59 New CPM Graduates Recognized
By Sue Breland

Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated fifty-nine new Texas Certified Public Managers at the Texas State Capitol on Monday June 6, 2016. The CPM graduates and their families came from CPM Programs at the following locations: Amarillo, Arlington, Houston, Edinburg and Nacogdoches, Round Rock, San Antonio, San Marcos Texas. The graduates participated in CPM Programs offered by the following universities, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The Graduation Speaker, Alan Bojorquez, is a regular and popular instructor in Central Texas CPM programs. As the Founder and Chairman of the Texas Center for Municipal Ethics, he brought a message to graduates encouraging them to the highest standards of ethical behavior in a time of increasing controversy and public skepticism. You can watch Alan’s speech below.

Several graduates, especially from the Houston area were unable to attend graduation ceremonies due to recent rains and flooding. Those in attendance are pictured below.

The June 2016 Graduates are listed below by University and CPM Program Location

Texas State University Arlington:
Edena Jean Atmore, James Berman, Kerry L. Crews, Royce Douglas Hughes, James Brent Parker, Greg Peters, Cynthia Rose Powell, Robert Wesley Rhodes, Alma D. Salinas, Tracy Y. Scott, Robert Henry Severance III, John Monroe Smith Jr., Leo C. Smith Jr., Michael P. Sullivan, Teresa Hallmark-Thompson, Gregory Werner, Benjamin L. White, Constance R. White, W. Lance Whitworth, Jeffrey L. Wise

Texas State University Round Rock:
Melissa Alvarez, Skylor Hearn, Silvia S Lozano, Felecia N. Shaw    

Texas State University San Antonio:
Richard Dennis Bryan, Jr., Timothy David Fousse, Michael R. Hansen, Ronald D. Sanchez

Texas State University San Marcos:
Patrick Michael Connor, Johnny D. Huizar, Kim M. Turner

Sam Houston State University, Houston:
Jerry B. Corpening, Kenneth Hampton, C. Clay Hutcherson, LaToya N. Jasper, Jose Erlyn Lopez, Sonia Vasquez O’Donnell, Kerry Parker, Daniel W. Pennington, Derek V. Phillips, Rod Pinheiro, Destin L. Sims, Charles Smith, Deborah A. Sutherland, Abby Webster, Bob Allen Welch

Stephen F. Austin State University:
John Angerstein, Robert Lee Coker, Makenzie Denise Lyons, Margaret H. Patterson

Texas Tech University
Gloria Saenz

University of Houston:
Diana Benitez, Thomas Fullen, Chris A. Jarmon, Phillip Rehak, Cecil Stroud, Rene Vela

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley:
Carlos J. Galvan, Jr., Celina G. Gonzales

Congratulations to all June 2016 Certified Public Manager graduates!

For more information, contact Dr. Howard R. Balanoff, the William P. Hobby Professor of Public Service at Texas State University. He is also the Director of the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program and can be reached at hb02@txstate.edu or 512/245-345. Additional information about the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program can be found at www.txstate.edu/cpm

Alan Bojorquez June 2016 Graduation Speaker