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Public Executive Institute


Steven Kogan
Conference Coordinator
The LBJ School of Public Affairs
Office of Professional Development


Public Executive Institute


The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in conjunction with the Texas City Management Association are pleased to announce the 2015 Class of the “Public Executive Institute” – a six-day executive development program designed for those leading local governments in the 21st century.  Primarily for city managers and their executive staff.


April 12-17, 2015.  A 6 day intensive seminar in Austin, Texas

Comments from 2014 Participants:

"Career and life changing. Very sobering and exciting, like a slap in the face on my prior thought process and then amazing tools to make improvement."

"My view of my leadership role has shifted dramatically. Rather than a problem-solver, I will be an architect and facilitator, creating a climate conducive to positive change, vision, and staff development."

"Outstanding experience! The best part for me was the ability to stop and reflect on my own leadership style, strengths and weaknesses and begin the process of figuring out what to do about it."

"This was a great experience and has provided practical tools that I believe will help me be a better manager. I will never look at my job the same way again."

2014 Curriculum Topics (2015 Topics available soon):

  • Leading in the 21st Century
  • Effective Communication in Tough Situations
  • Strategies for Engagement
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Political Astuteness
  • Executive Challenge/Executive Perspectives
  • Developing and Sustaining Climates for Creativity
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Passion for the Profession

business meeting Where:

Commons Learning Center at The University of Texas at Austin's J.J. "Jake" Pickle Campus, Austin, Texas. A room block has been reserved at a hotel near the program site.


The starting date for online Applications is November 3, 2014. 

Applications will be reviewed and selection decisions will be communicated to all applicants in early January, 2015.

Complete details on the program curriculum, speakers, agenda, lodging, and application form will be available on this website soon.


Tuition will be accepted after applicants have been notified of their acceptance into the Public Executive Institute. The fee for the PEI is $3,500, which covers all program related materials, assessments, and instruction.  Travel/lodging expenses and meals are not part of the program tuition and are the responsibility of the participant.


Today’s leaders of local government face unprecedented challenges in foreseeing and responding to an ever-changing citizenry and environment. Diverse views among both citizen groups and elected officials make consensus more difficult to reach. Social media has changed citizen expectations and how they communicate with their government. Economic development demands an almost daily focus. Skills for establishing collaborative partnerships to creatively address community needs are critical. The Public Executive Institute is designed to develop and enhance the skills to meet these leadership challenges.

2015 Speakers Confirmed (additional speakers to be announced):

Dr. John Nalbandian, School of Public Affairs and Administration at The University of Kansas

Robert J. O'Neill, Jr., Executive Director, International City/County Management Association

Dr. Barry Bales, Assistand Dean for Professional Development, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Dan Johnson, City Manager, Richardson, Texas

Joyce Sparks, Director, Governor's Center for Management Development, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Note to Alumni of the previous PEI courses:

If you will identify yourself as an alumnus of the PEI on the above-mentioned website’s “Sign Up To Learn More”, mentioning your alumnus status in the comments box, we will alert you to special alumni-only opportunities to be held in conjunction with the PEI class in April 2015.

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