Florida’s Certified Public Manager program adds 222 new graduates

Florida’s Certified Public Manager (CPM) program at Florida State University will honor 222 new graduates this summer, bringing the total number of CPM graduates in Florida to approximately 5,022, more than in any other state.

In honor of these CPM graduates, Gov. Rick Scott has designated the week of July 20-24 as “Certified Public Manager Recognition Week.”

The CPM program is a nationally recognized leadership development program, currently delivered in 38 states. The purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to all Florida taxpayers.

There will be two separate CPM graduation ceremonies this summer, each of which is the culmination of a three-day leadership conference.

•Thursday, July 23, in Tallahassee: The ceremony will recognize 162 graduates in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Westcott Building, Florida State campus, at 1:15 p.m.

•Friday, Aug. 21, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: The ceremony will recognize 62 graduates in the District 4 FDOT Auditorium at 1:15 p.m.

Florida has one of the most successful CPM programs in the country. It is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management at FSU, which is part of the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

The 222 new graduates completed a rigorous two-year program, including 32 days of training, plus required projects and exams. More than 100 government agencies — including cities, counties, state and constitutional offices — have participated in the Florida CPM program.

For more information about the CPM program, visit the Florida Center for Public Management.