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Early History of the CPM Program


TEXAS CPM PROGRAM BEGINS IN 1995 WITH LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION FROM GOVERNORS ANN RICHARDS AND GEORGE W. BUSH

The Texas CPM Program began in July 1995 after Texas Governors Ann Richards and George Bush prepared letters of support to the National Certified Public Manager (CPM) Consortium authorizing Texas State University to set up a CPM Program for Texas that would operate under the umbrella of Texas State University. Click here to see the original authorization letter from Governor Ann Richards. Click here to see the original authorization letter from Governor George Bush. Click here to see video excerpts of Governor George Bush conducting the first CPM Graduation at the Texas Capitol in December 1996.

In July 1996, Texas State University established the Public Service Academy to deliver the CPM Program in Texas. In 1998 the name of the Texas State University Public Service Academy was changed to the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service. This was done after former Texas Lt. Governor; William P. Hobby made a $1 million donation to Texas State University to help fund the Texas CPM Program. Governor Hobby’s gift also provided funds to “support the William P. Hobby Professorship which has been held by Dr. Howard Balanoff, and public service activities such as the annual William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture, Hobby Scholarships/Fellowships, Student Teaching/Research Assistantships and the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program.

ARTICLES ABOUT THE EARLY DAYS OF THE TEXAS CPM PROGRAM AND TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITYY’S WILLIAM P. HOBBY CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Below you will see a list of a series of articles  from the early days of the Texas CPM Program and Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service which describes in detail the establishment of Texas State University’s Public Service Academy, Governor Hobby’s $1 Million Dollar gift to Texas State University for the Hobby Center for Public Service, the creation of the Hobby Professorship etc. Each article has a hot link that when opened will display the referenced article in its entirety.

1. National CPM Program Comes to Texas – Texas Town & City Sept 1995

2. Program Inspires Texas Public Officials – Austin American Statesman August 5, 1997

3. Governor George Bush Conducts First Texas CPM Graduation at Texas Capitol – Texas Town & City 1997

4. Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program Received Generous (Hobby) Endowment – Public Administration (PA) Times, July 1998

5. William P. Hobby Center for Public Service Established at Southwest Texas State University - CENTEX PA News, July/August 1998

6. 1996 CPM Graduation Address by Texas Governor George W. Bush.

Hopefully, the information that is provided in the articles above will give you an idea of the creation and the early days of the Texas CPM Program and Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.