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2008 Graduations


Graduation Speech Delivered by
UT LBJ School Professor Terrell Blodgett

52 CPM Graduates from 4 Texas Universities Recognized


Dr. Howard R. Balanoff

On June  2, 2008, 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 Professor Terrell Blodgett, Mike Hogg Professor Emeritus of Urban Management of LBJ’s School Of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Blodgett is the author of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) book, City Government that Works: The History of the Council-Manager Government in Texas. Professor Blodgett in his graduation speech discussed some of the ways in which public managers can meet the leadership and management challenges of the 21st Century.  Professor Blodgett was introduced by the Honorable William P. Hobby, former Lt. Governor of Texas. After the conclusion of the Graduation Ceremony Professor Blodgett signed copies of his book at a reception for the graduates and their guests.

terrell book signing
Professor Terrell Bodgett signs copies of his book, City Government that Works: The History of the Council-Manager Government in Texas for former Texas Lt. Governor William P. Hobby.

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. 

Larry Gonzales
Mr. Larry Gonzales, Assistant Vice Chancellor, delivered the official
welcome on behalf ot the Texas State University System.

One of the highlights of the graduation ceremony was the induction of 52 CPM graduates into the Texas Society of Certified Public Managers.  The June 08 CPM Graduation was very special, it featured the graduation of 25 CPM participants from the Texas Tech CPM Program which was conducted in Abilene and San Angelo, Texas.  The Director of the Texas Tech CPM Program is Professor Tom Longoria.

The graduation ceremony also featured the graduation of 2 members of the Texas City Management Association that were the recipients of the Barney Knight CPM Scholarships.  The scholarship recipients were Shawn Oubre, City Manager of the City of Orange Texas and Crista Bromley, Director of Economic Development and the Airport Manager of the City of Burnet Texas. 

In addition to the induction of the CPM students, Professor Blodgett, the Graduation Speaker was presented with a plaque for delivering the CPM Graduation Speech.. 
After the graduation ceremony was concluded, a reception for the CPM graduates and their guests was held in the Capitol Grill at the Texas Capitol.

In addition to the 25 graduates of the Texas Tech CPM Program, the June 08 graduates of the Texas CPM Program included 14 who graduated under the direction of Texas State University William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, 8 from the City of Houston CPM Program offered by Sam Houston State University, 7 from the CPM Program offered by the University of Texas at Arlington.

A list of the June 2008 CPM Graduates is provided below by Program location.

Texas Tech CPM Program in Abilene and San Angelo Texas
Larry Abrigg, Leslie Andrews, Barry Camarillo, Tamara Carlisle, Ricky Dickson, Wayne Gilley, Darrell Gooch, Donald Green Jr., Dr. Aref Hassan, Kathy Keane, Shane Kelton, Wayne Lisenbee, Pamela Jackson McComas, Jeff Mitchell, Tonya Palmer, Alan Plumlee, Joseph Shepard, E’Lisa Smetana, Joe Tauer, Arbra Furd Taylor III, Van Scott Watson, Rick Weise, James Winward.

Texas Tech Graduates
Graduates from the Texas Tech CPM Program. Texas Tech CPM Director, Tom Longoria, pictured in front row 3rd from the left.

Texas State University

San Marcos, Round Rock & San Antonio Programs
Jeffry Adickes, Richard Bunkley, Mohammed Khan, Pablo Martinez, Fina Morales, Paul Tomasovic, Crista Brombley, Joni Clarke, Brian Cook, Christopher King, Stephanie Lynn Ott, Michelle Phelps, Roderick Steward, Anna Willis.

Jeffrey Addicks
CPM Graduate, Jeffrey Addicks, Assistant Police Chief of the Austin Police Department, with Terrell Bodgett (left) and Governor Bill Hobby (right)

Joni Clarke
CPM Graduate, Ms. Joni Clarke, Assistant City Manager of the City of Hutto (2nd from left) with Terrell Blodgett (left) and Governor Bill Hobby (right)

Sam Houston State University City of Houston CPM Program

Oscar Bradford, Jacqueline Davidson, Michael Kramer, Robert Miles, Shawn Oubre, Margaret Wallace, Vickie Weatherspoon, Marcia Wilson

Sam Houston Graduates
Graduates from the Sam Houston State CPM Program shown with Sam Houston State University CPM Director, Don Moore (back row left).

University of Texas at Arlington Dallas/Fort Worth Program

Jonathon Bazan, William Carl Funderburk, Katherine Lyon, Suzanne McKenrick, Shannor Phillips, Eward Salame, Sheila Stokes

UT of Arlington Graduates
Graduates from the University of Texas at Arlington CPM Program shown with UT Arlington CPM Director, David Tees (center).



Dr. Howard R. Balanoff ( is the Director of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and the Texas Certified Public Manager Program.  For additional information about the Texas CPM Program please go to