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Texas CPM Summer 2022 Graduation Details

The CPM graduation will begin at 10:00 am and last for about 1 to 1 1/2  hours (we will start at 10 am sharp). The main ceremony will be held in the Capitol Auditorium, located on the first floor of the extension (underground). You can find the Auditorium by taking any elevator by the North Entrance down one floor (to E1). Once you exit the elevator, you will find the Auditorium on your right. Any of the staff should be able to point you to the elevators once you enter the Capitol.

After the ceremony, we will move to the Capitol Legislative Conference Room (room E2.2002), which is located just down the stairs from the Auditorium (the underground area is enormous!). The reception will last about 1 hour, and light refreshments will be served. Tours are offered at the Capitol and you can find more information here.

Parking is available at the Visitor Parking Garage located between 12th and 13th Streets and San Juanito Street (paid parking). If traveling on I-35, exit on 15th Street and travel west. There will be a street light at the corner of 15th and San Jacinto. Turn left onto San Jacinto Street and head south. The garage will be to your left as you pass 13th Street. Metered parking (3 hours maximum) is available on 11th Street and other streets adjacent to the Texas Capitol.

2022 Arlington CPM Program is Closed

The 2022 Arlington, Texas CPM Program is now closed due to the large number of participants registered. Persons wishing to register for the 2023 CPM Program in Arlington can request to be added to the 2023 Arlington CPM Program, which will begin in January 2023.  To reserve a slot in the 2023 Arlington CPM Program, please email Dr. Howard Balanoff 512/694-7864.  


On December 6, the Texas CPM Program graduated thirty-seven (37) students. Graduates joined us from across the state and represented all our partner institutions, including Texas State University, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Rio-Grande Valley, Stephen F. Austin State University, and the University of Houston. Texas State University Round Rock hosted the ceremony, and our graduation keynote speaker was Dr. Guy Bailey, President of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. A short social event was held after the ceremony and, for many of our students, it was the first opportunity to network in person. 

We are looking forward to our next graduation and networking event in Summer 2022.

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Arlington CPM Programs Conducts Its First In-Person Events Since March 2020

The Texas CPM Program in Arlington recently conducted its first “face to face” events since the start of the COVID Pandemic in March 2020.

On October 20, 2021, James Earp, and Dr. Howard Balanoff Co-Directors of the Arlington Texas CPM Program hosted a reception and dinner for the graduates of the 2020 CPM Program at the Mercury Chophouse in Arlington, Texas.

On October 21st, James Earp and Dr. Howard Balanoff facilitated the first in person regular CPM class in Arlington since March 2020. Marcel Brunel, CEO of the Brunel Group, administered and analyzed the results of “A Deeper Way” (ADW), a comprehensive personality diagnostic survey instrument for the students in the 2021 Arlington, CPM Program.

Pictures of both events are below.

Dr. Miha Vindis Assumes the Role of Director of the Texas CPM Program

On September 1, 2021, we welcome Dr. Miha Vindis as the Director of the Texas CPM Program at Texas State University. Dr. Vindis is a Professor of Practice in the Political Science Department. He will teach in the Department’s MPA and BPA Programs and will additionally manage the Texas CPM Program. Dr. Vindis’ email is and his phone number is 512/767-2715.

While stepping back from management duties, Dr. Balanoff is not retiring. He continues as the William P. Hobby Professor of Public Service and the Director of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service. He also remains a co-director of the CPM Program in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Balanoff may be reached at and 512/694-7864.

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61 New Texas CPM Graduates Recognized in June 17th Virtual Graduation Ceremony

While living through a time of global pandemic, CPM students across Texas showed tremendous tenacity in attending online classes and completing course work, while serving the needs of their communities as professionals and meeting the challenges faced by their own families. Congratulations to the Graduates!

Click here to watch the full Graduation ceremony

Click here for details.

Click here for CPM Graduation Program


APRIL 9 – 15, 2021

The Texas CPM Conference will NOT be held in an “in-person” format in Texas this year. Instead, the Texas CPM Program will participate with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference which is scheduled to be conducted virtually from April 9 – 15, 2021.

Texas CPM presenters including Sheryl Sculley, former City Manager of San Antonio, Texas, Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer of e-Governing and Alan Bojorquez, Attorney & CEO of the Bojorquez Law Firm are being featured as speakers at the ASPA Conference on Saturday April 10th from 10 am – 12 Noon (Central Standard Time). Times for the panels in the ASPA Program are listed in Eastern Standard Time so our CPM panels on April 10th will be listed in the ASPA Program as 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. 

Due to the partnership between the Texas CPM Program and ASPA, current Texas CPM students and Texas CPM alumni will be able to register for the Conference and attend any or all of the ASPA Conference panels, programs etc. from April 9 – 15, 2021 at the reduced (student) fee of $50.

For information (panels, speakers, special events etc.) about the ASPA Conference go the ASPA Conference webpage 

To register for the Conference, click on the Register Link at the top of the Conference page and follow the directions to register at the $50 student rate at the link shown below.  You may need to create an account to register but creating an account is free and the link will provide you with instructions. 

If you have any problems registering at the $50 rate please email Phillip Carlisle, ASPA’s Director of Strategic Development and Advancement at

If you have any questions about the Texas CPM – ASPA Institutional Agreement which provides a 1-year free ASPA membership for current Texas CPM participants, please contact Dr. Howard Balanoff, Director of the Texas CPM Program at 

2021 CPM Program in Arlington Closed to New Participants

The 2021 Arlington CPM Program has been closed to new participants due to the large number of current students. Persons wishing to register for CPM courses in Arlington may wish to consider registering for a CPM Program in another location (i.e. San Marcos, Round Rock etc.). Please click on the schedules link at the top of the CPM webpage for current and future schedules at all locations in Texas. Other locations will be offering CPM classes via Zoom in the Summer Semester. Check with the Director of each CPM Program for additional information about schedules and delivery methods. Persons wishing to register for the 2022 Arlington CPM Program can register now to reserve a place in that Program which will begin next January. Registration fees for the 2022 Arlington CPM Program will not be due until sometime in November or December 2021.


Sixty eight (60) new December graduates and 37 June 20 and August 20 CPM graduates (97 total) were acknowledged from Texas State University, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Rio-Grande Valley, Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Houston. The graduation speaker was Austin City Manager, Spencer Cronk.

Click here for additional information about the Virtual CPM Graduation.
Click here to watch a video of the CPM Graduation including the Address by Spencer Cronk, City Manager of Austin, Texas.


The Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Consortium announced at its annual Board of Directors meeting held on October 28, 2020 that The Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program has met the accreditation review standards of the  ”Accreditation Review Committee and has been re-accredited or a 6 year period until 2026. 

Click here to view the Texas CPM Reaccreditation Certificate.

CPM Courses Spring 2021 will be Delivered Virtually via “Zoom” in San Marcos & Round Rock, Locations

Click here for Schedule of CPM Courses for Spring 2021 Semester.

30 Texas CPMs Graduated in June 2020

We congratulate all the new Certified Public Managers from across Texas who graduated in June 2020. Unfortunately, the CPM Graduation at the State Capitol in Austin scheduled for June 15, 2020 was postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. In addition to the CPM Graduation, the Texas CPM Program is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and now numbers over 2,000 CPM Graduates who have Competed the Program since its Inception in July 1995. Click here to view a list of June 2020 CPM Graduates from the various universities across the State of Texas.

Early History of the CPM Program

The Texas CPM Program is celebrating its 25th  Year Anniversary. Click here for information (articles, letters of authorization, videos etc.) about the early history of the Texas CPM Program and Texas State University’s William P. Hobby enter for Public Service.

The journal of Certified Public Manager Applied Research (CPMAR)

The Texas CPM Program has Established, “The journal of Certified Public Manager Applied Research (CPMAR)” at Stephen F. Austin State University. Click here for additional information.

To access the journal go to 

CPM Graduation Scheduled for June 15, 2020 at the Texas Capitol Postponed Until August 2020

Due to the continuing Coronavirus pandemic, the Texas CPM Graduation scheduled for June 15, 2020 is being postponed until sometime in August. No definite date has been set for the August CPM Graduation. CPM students that have completed all of their requirements for Graduation can receive a letter of completion from Texas State University by having their CPM Director, notify Dr. Balanoff that all requirements for graduation from the CPM Program have been fulfilled by the participant.

65 Texas CPMs Graduated in December 2019

We congratulate all the new Certified Public Managers from across Texas who graduated at the State Capitol in Austin December 9, 2019. See the summary of the day’s event, photos of graduates and video of Graduation Speaker, Assistant Chief Troy Gay, here.

Dr. Balanoff, Texas CPM Program Director is Named to Receive 2019 Professional Excellence Award in Education from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The ICMA award for excellence in education named in honor of Stephen B. Sweeney will be presented on Wednesday October 23rd at the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to view the narrative for the award that is included in the October 2019 issue of the ICMA Journal Public Management (PM).  The ICMA Public Management (PM) link to the award is

Dr. Balanoff, CPM Program Director and Marilyn Balanoff Visit Leiden University in the Hague, Netherlands

Click here for an interview which was conducted by staff of the Leiden University CPM Program.

View the 2019 Texas CPM Conference Plenary Presentations and William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture Online

The 2019 Texas CPM Conference and William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture was conducted on Friday April 5, 2019 at the Texas State University Avery Building in Round Rock, Texas. Over 100 CPM alumni, students, faculty and guests attended. All presentations are available to view online here.

CPM Graduation at Texas Capitol on Monday December 10th

Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated thirty-six new Texas Certified Public Managers® at the Texas State Capitol on Monday December 10, 2018. Click here for the names of graduates, photos, and the video of graduation speaker, Bert Lumbreras.

Blast from the Past

Click here for a video of the 1st Texas CPM Graduation which was conducted by Governor George Bush in December 1996.