Governor’s Center for Management Development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

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.

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

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Programs and Services

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.


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 management skills.


Organizational Development Series

Designed for managers and leaders in government who wish to use the tools and processes of systems thinking to enhance their own thinking and to better assess and address complex organizational problems.


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.


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.


ELITE Program

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


Executive Oversight of Contract Management

Designed for state agency, local government and higher education managers who supervise individuals with contract management duties.


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.


Public Executive Institute

A six-day, executive development program designed for those leading local governments in the 21st century, such as city managers and their executive staffs.


Transformative Leadership

A unique 6-month international collaborative leadership program intended to instill and enhance the new perspectives needed for addressing increasingly complex issues.


Upcoming Events See All

Management Development Program - Austin

Tuesday February 20 to Thursday February 22
8:30am - 4:30pm

Project Management

Wednesday February 28 to Thursday March 1
8:30am - 4:30pm

Effective project management is a core competency for managers. For those responsible for organizing projects of all sizes, this course provides the knowledge, skills, and tools that lead to...

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Tuesday March 6 8:30am - 4:30pm

Effective Leaders typically have high IQ's, extensive education, years of experience, and deep knowledge in their fields.  As valuable as these skills and abilities are, none of...

Building Effective Teams

Wednesday March 7 8:30am - 4:30pm

Working with and as part of a team is a critical workplace skill. This one-day program will discuss the common aspects of high performing teams and the role of an effective leader. Through a...

Management Development Program - Lubbock

Tuesday March 13 to Thursday March 15
8:30am - 4:30pm

Management Development Program - Austin

Tuesday March 20 to Thursday March 22
8:30am - 4:30pm

Strategic Planning & Performance Measures

Tuesday April 10 to Wednesday April 11
8:30am - 4:30pm

Using a case study, this session provides an opportunity for hands-on application of the strategic planning and performance measurement process that is required of Texas state agencies.

Governors Center for Management Development Staff

LBJ School faculty member Barry Bales
Barry Bales
Assistant Dean for Professional Development; Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice
LBJ Governor's Center for Management Development staff member Steven Kogan
Steven Kogan
LBJ Governor's Center for Management Development staff member Holly Marino
Holly Marino
Senior Program Coordinator
LBJ Governor's Center for Management Development staff member Bob Nichols
Bob Nichols
Administrative Associate
LBJ Governor's Center for Management Development staff member Joyce Sparks
Joyce Sparks
Director, Governor's Center