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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Executive Oversight of Contract Management

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

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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.

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Transformative Leadership

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

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Upcoming Events See All

Strategies for High Impact Presentations

Tuesday November 3 to Wednesday November 4 8:30am - 4:30pm

Today's managers and leaders frequently find themselves in forums where they must formally present information clearly, accurately, and often in a limited time frame. This session will provide...

Managing Personal and Organizational Change

Thursday November 5 8:30am - 4:30pm

The only thing that is truly constant in today’s world is change.  In this program, we will go over the various phases of changes and how they affect an organization.  What are some...

Management Development Program - Online

Tuesday November 17 to Thursday November 19 8:30am - 4:30pm

Strategic Planning & Performance Measures

Monday December 7 to Tuesday December 8 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.

Problem Solving and Decision Making

Wednesday December 9 to Thursday December 10 8:30am - 4:30pm

Solving problems and making decisions have always been two tough functions of management. In this session you will learn how to handle the tough issues effectively by developing your ability to...

Management Development Program - Online

Tuesday December 15 to Thursday December 17 8:30am - 4:30pm

Management Development Program - Austin

Tuesday January 12 to Thursday January 14 8:30am - 4:30pm

Governors Center for Management Development Staff

LBJ Governor's Center for Management Development staff member Joyce Sparks
Joyce Sparks
Director, Governor's Center
LBJ Governor's Center for Management Development staff member Steven Kogan
Steven Kogan
Registrar
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