Kansas Certified Public Management Center – 2016 graduation commencement speech from Director Laura Howard

Comments Delivered by Public Management Center Director, Laura Howard.

Director Laura Howard speaking to the graduates

Director Laura Howard speaking to the 2016 Certified Public Manager program graduates.

On December 2, 2016

Good morning. My name is Laura Howard and I direct the University of Kansas Public Management Center. I would like to welcome you on behalf of the KU Public Management Center, the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the University of Kansas to this Graduation Ceremony for the 2016 Kansas Certified Public Manager Program.  We have the opportunity today to honor 77 Public Servants who have earned the credential of Certified Public Manager.   These graduates join a group of almost 40,000 across the nation and 1,700 in the State of Kansas who have earned this elite designation.

The Certified Public Manager Designation is a nationally accredited management development program targeted towards individuals in local, state, federal and tribal government, as well as other organizations that serve a public purpose.  We are privileged at the KU Public Management Center to be the organization that sponsors and operates the accredited program within the State of Kansas.  Today’s graduates have earned this credential by completing more than 300 contact hours in seven key management competency areas over this last year.   In addition to classroom time, these graduates have completed a number of competency-based assignments resulting in an e-portfolio that demonstrates the skills they have learned throughout this past year.  Each student has also developed a capstone project that directly benefits the graduate’s agency through improved processes, efficiencies, improved outcomes or an innovative approach to an agency need.

Like the graduates before them, members of this class share a belief and commitment in service to others and a belief and commitment in the common good.  They truly exemplify the values of the National CPM Consortium – Connect, Engage and Lead.   These graduates are leading the way in public management.   Please join me in applauding today’s graduates for their hard work and accomplishment.

We also have with us some past CPM graduates.  If you are one of the 1600 graduates who have come before this class, please stand and be recognized.

The Public Management Center does not do this work alone.   We have some wonderful partners who are here today.   I would also like to thank our formal CPM partners – the Kansas Association of Counties, the League of Kansas Municipalities, the Mid-America Regional Council as well as the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to good public management, your efforts in marketing and outreach and all that you do to help make the Kansas CPM program one of the best in the nation.