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2011 Graduations



36 CPM Graduates from 5 Texas Universities Recognized
By: Sue Breland, CPM Program Faculty

On December 12, 2011 the Texas Certified Managers Program graduated 36 new CPMs, adding to more than eleven hundred CPM alumni of the Texas program. The graduation ceremony was held at the State Capitol in Austin with Andrew Hobby in attendance representing the Hobby family, strong supporters of the program through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University. University programs participating in this graduation ceremony included Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Arlington (see the list of graduates below).

Andrew introduced the guest speaker, Rick Hannah, City Manager of Hereford. Mr. Hanna offered praise and thanks to Andrew Hobby for the important support the Hobby family provides, and also to the faculty and staff of the CPM program and recognized CPM Director Marilyn Balanoff for assuming the post of newly elected Chairperson of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

Mr. Hanna charged graduates to use transparency as a tool to communicate with the public, not as a burden to bear.  He also gave these words of advice:
"Rick's Rule of 72" - always try to give yourself 72 hours before making important decisions;

  • Be careful what you say - you never know how your words may come back to you; and
  • Always get "the rest of the story" - get the facts and don't make assumptions.
  • Rick also holds the CPM designation as a graduate of one of the first classes offered in this state and spoke to graduates as a colleague and former student who shared their experience.

In addition to the presentation of CPM diplomas, two CPMs who graduated in June 2011 were presented with the George C. Askew Award for outstanding Applied Practicum Project in Texas.  Carl White, Director of Parks and Recreation, and Anthony Wilson, Civic Events Center Manager, both of the City of San Angelo, were selected to receive this award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.  Their project titled Lake Nasworthy Parks:  An Assessment of Public Priorities for Development and Operations best represented "the utilization of management practices exemplifying the philosophy of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers in the completion of an exceptional curriculum project.” Congratulations to Carl and Anthony on this achievement.

December 2011 Graduates included (by program location):

Sam Houston State University, Houston:

Judith Ann Cushman Dubose, Carolyn V. Jackson , Robert Litz, Emmanuel Merenini , Eduardo Rodriguez, Jr. , Melissa L. Saxton, Michael G. Wilson, and Stephen I. Wright

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches:

J.C. (Jay) Burch, Jr.

Texas State University, San Marcos:

Frank Alvarez , Jr.,  Penny L. Dunn, Russell Fitzgerald, Octavio A. Garza, PE, Dawn Hernandez-Hale, Misty Marie Nichols, Evanna Odean, and Susan White.

Texas Tech University, Amarillo:
Jamie L. Allen, James C. Brown, Kelly Davila, David C. Denman, Cheryl E. Gibson-Salgado, Kyle Ingham, Lori G. James, Jade H. Mahaney, Hector M. Mendoza, Murvat Musa, Jana Berry Pitcock, Erik Rejino, Ray Resendez, Christopher B. Sharp, Kevin Starbuck, and Dean Turney.

University of Texas at Arlington:
Brian K. Lockley, Pamela J. Nelson, and Richard L. White.



71 CPM Graduates from 6 Texas Universities Recognized

On June 6, 2011, the Texas CPM Program, 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 Texas State University MPA Graduate Charles “Chuck” Pinto the City Manager of Seabrook, Texas.

Graduates from Texas State University, The University of Texas at Arlington, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Pan American were recognized and awarded their CPM Graduation Diplomas for completing the 14-21 month professional development and education program.  The Director of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and Texas CPM Program is Dr. Howard Balanoff.

One of the highlights of the graduation ceremony was the induction of 71 CPM graduates into the Texas CPM Alumni Society. The June 2011 CPM Graduation was very special because it was one of the largest classes to ever graduate from the Texas CPM Program. In addition, CPM Graduates received a Certificate from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) confirming their CPM graduation along with their regular CPM graduation certificate.

A featured event at the CPM Graduation was a special award given to Sheriff Guadalupe “Lupe” Trevino, Hidalgo County from for being the first elected Sheriff to graduate from the Texas CPM Program.

After the graduation ceremony concluded, a reception for the CPM graduates and their guests was held in the Capitol Grill at the Texas Capitol.

In addition to the 22 graduates of the Texas State University CPM Program, the June 2011 graduates of the Texas CPM Program included 1 who graduated under the direction of the University of Texas at Arlington Program, 7 from the Sam Houston State University, 6 from the Stephen F. Austin State University Program at Nacogdoches, 2 from the University of Houston and 27 from the University of Texas at Pan American CPM Program. 

A list of the December 2011 CPM Graduates is provided below by Program location.

Texas State University:  San Marcos, San Antonio, Abilene and San Angelo CPM Programs

San Marcos/Round Rock
Bernard Ndoping Angandje, Adam Dieng, Dennis Kleppe Jr., Anya Taylor, Jeanette Tijerina, Cynthia Zavala
Abilene: Theresa James, Brent McClellan, Bradley McGary, Michael Rains, Megan Santee

San Angelo
Clinton Bailey, James Flores, Lisa Marley, Alicia Ramirez, Veronica Sanchez, Tim Vasquez, Maryann Vasquez, Anthony Wilson.
Schertz: Bob Cantu, Blanca Cook, Dianne Cruz, Coleen Freeman, Daniel Fuquay, Rebekah Gergen, Veronica Heimer, Cynthia Raleigh, Wendy Casey-Salizar

The University of Texas at Arlington Dallas/Fort Worth
Christopher Fuller

Sam Houston State University at the City of Houston
Cynthia Alvarado, Raul Camarillo, Jr., Mark Graham, Tunya Jones, John Kuzmitch, Mark Smith, Hope Waobikeze
Stephen F. Austin State University: Elvira Franks, Andy McCuistion, Melissa Mosley, Susan Pugh, Gregory Sowell, Selina Tabor

The University of Houston
Donald Curry, Sadie Rucker

The University of Texas at Pan American
Melba Carajal, Francisco Castellanos, Judy Davila, Amanda Elizondo, Rodolfo Espinoza, L. David Flores, Jr., Roel Garza, Triso Garza, Roberto Gomez, Mari Gomez, Juan Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, C. Nick Gonzales, Oscar Hinojosa, Elizabeth Lopez, Patricia Medina, Jaime Monoz, Norma Rodriquez, Baudelia Rojas, Carlos Sanchez, Javier Santiago, Guadalupe “Lupe” Trevino, Maria Uvalle, Benita Valadez, Luis Vasquez, Oscar Villarreal, Perla Zamora