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2012 Texas CPM Conference & William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture


Sponsored by
Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service

By: Sue Breland, CPM Program Faculty
Texas State University

Nearly 150 Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students gathered in Round Rock, Texas on Thursday February 3, 2012, to learn, share and network at the Annual Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Conference.  The Conference, which was held at the Texas State University Avery Building, included outstanding plenary speakers and breakout sessions on a variety of leadership topics, the Texas CPM professional society meeting and the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture.

The Hobby Distinguished Lecture is always a highlight of the annual conference.  This year's plenary session was no exception, with the 2012 honoree Dr. Howard Prince, Clinical Professor and Director at the Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, delivering a presentation titled “On the Need for Ethical Leadership in Public Service.” Dr. Prince’s lively presentation engaged the audience in an interactive discussion of current and historical leadership successes and disasters, recent study information, and directions for the future.  Dr. Prince served for more than 28 years in the United States Army and retired as a Brigadier General.  Upon his retirement in 1990, he was presented with the army’s highest award for service, the Distinguished Service Medal. More information on Dr. Prince’s incredible life experience can be found at

The opening plenary session of the day featured popular CPM Program speaker Alan Bojorquez, Principal of the Bojorquez Law Firm PLLC, discussing “Legal Issues Relating to Governmental Social Networking.” As legal counsel for several Texas cities, Alan presented many current issues and cases than public officials and employees are facing today.  He and his associate, Jill Hoffman (Attorney, Bojorquez Law Firm PLLC), additionally provided guidance on how to develop electronic and social networking policy to help keep your business out of court and the headlines.

Just before lunch, Mr. Harvey Kronberg, noted Texas political analyst and editor of the Quorum Report informed and entertained attendees with insights to current politics (including the four reasons why Governor Rick Perry failed in his presidential run), activities of Texas Government related to redistricting, and what to expect in 2012. As a self proclaimed "equal opportunity offender: both Democrats and Republicans" his observations are always candid, insightful and give us the opportunity to take a humorous look at ourselves, each other and big Texas politics.

The afternoon Conference breakout sessions were informative, engaging and insightful:
 “Fiscal Challenges facing Texas State and Local Governments
Ms. Eva De Luna Castro, Senior Budget Analyst
Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin, Texas

 “Aren’t Public Servants “Servant Leaders” by Definition? Putting the ‘Servant’ back in Public Service
Sue Breland, MSIS, CPM
Breland Facilitation www.ImpactYour.Biz and Program Faculty, Department of Continuing Education, Texas State University Sue@ImpactYour.Biz

"Lapses in Ethical Leadership in the Highest Public Offices: Commentary and Discussion of three past Presidents and the issues surrounding lapses in ethical leadership
Dr. Stephen B. Springer, LPC, CPM
Professor & Graduate Advisor for Occupational Education
Texas State University
Mr. Jeff Nelson, Academic Mentor, Student Services Division-Athletic Dept.,
The University of Texas at Austin

For additional information about the Texas CPM Conference and/or the Texas CPM Program, please go to or contact Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Chair of Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at 512.245.3453 or