Governor’s Center for Management Development

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Governor’s Center for Management Development

We provide leadership and organizational development services to hundreds of managers and leaders each year.

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Our mission is to improve organizational effectiveness through the development of leaders and organizations. Program participants come from all levels of government in the United States as well as internationally. We believe it is critical to define the skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors needed by managers and leaders to achieve excellence. We are dedicated to developing and delivering educational courses and services that will assist leaders and organizations in striving for that excellence.

The center has a growing international component that both brings public officials to the school from countries throughout the world to gain new skills and information and provides for LBJ School faculty members and staffers to deliver educational programs in those countries.

Programs and Services



Tableau Certification

The GCMD is offering a new LBJ School certification that will prepare you to sit for the Tableau Data Analyst certification.  Attend a virtual evening online class every two weeks with practice exercises between classes. Details



Excellence in Leadership Series

Intensive one-day and two-day skills building courses for managers at all levels. Each course contains a variety of learning experiences and discussions to embrace leadership and the growth towards management skills. Details



Management Development Program

Designed for managers at all organizational levels who want to develop and/or enhance their understanding and practice of fundamental management principles in the context of today's challenging environment. Details



Senior Management Program

Designed for managers who hold positions in the upper levels of agency organizations. Consideration for admission into the program requires major program, project and/or people-management responsibilities. Details



Governor's Executive Development Program (GEDP)

A three-week, intensive educational program for top executives in Texas state agencies and universities with responsibility for charting the strategic direction of their organizations. Details



ELITE Program

A unique leadership program designed to develop the executive competencies needed for leadership roles in information technology offices. Attendees are nominated by their state agency/university. Details



Customized Training Services

In addition to our programs of open enrollment, we also offer a wide range of management, leadership and skill-based courses that can be tailored to fit your organization's needs. Details


“Awesome training! Great opportunities for sharing to ensure understanding. The instructors are clearly confident in the knowledge.”

“Excellent instructors who are passionate about what they do. Really enjoyed the program ... beneficial, both from a professional and personal growth standpoint.”

“This has been one of the best and most beneficial training sessions I have taken!”

“The classes at the Governor’s Center seem to draw the cream of the crop … those people really create a self-motivating environment. Love it!”

“Very relevant and on target. Spirited, knowledgeable instructors.”

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Trent Thurman
Assistant Dean, Executive Education

LX Van Drie
Senior Program Coordinator, EMPL 


Pamela Foster Brady
Director, Executive Education

Haley Pool
Senior Events Program Coordinator

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