By Corey Schubert
ASU Ramsey Executive Education
Public managers who deal with water resources are becoming increasingly
important as they make decisions that could impact communities for decades.
That's why a new Certified Public Manager course in Arizona State
University's Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program is teaching professionals
how to ensure they're ready to address the important role water plays in
Arizona. "Water is such a hot statewide issue. People keep saying water is the new gold,
it's the new oil," says Catherine Eden, director of the program. "The baby boomer
professionals came forward and said, 'We wish we had this when we started, but
we want the new public managers to be ready.'"
About 30 people are taking the course that specifically focuses on teaching
water experts to better apply their administrative knowledge and skills for
more positive impacts on the people they serve.
"We're helping to develop public service professionals as they move up in their
career and have to deal with a larger range of issues," says Eden.
Participants include public managers, executives and elected officials from
international, federal, state, county, municipal and tribal governments.
"The emphasis is on practical education," says Eden. "We prepare people to take on
new responsibilities and to be strong, ethical professionals, so they can best
represent the people they serve."
ASU's Ramsey program has graduated nearly 12,000 students from its executive
education courses since it began 25 years ago. The Certified Public Manager
course is just one of the outstanding programs it offers. The course gives managers
the ability to take some time away from their everyday
work environments in order to gain a better view of where they fit in the larger
scheme of public administration, she says.
"The community you represent is important, but also links you to the greater
community. You can't work in a vacuum," says Eden, who served as director of the
Arizona Department of Health Services and as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Participants learn to create partnerships and improve communication with other
agencies, and better understand the various pressures elected officials face
during the decision-making process. They develop skills to explain to officials
why certain issues should be considered a high priority. "I was one of the voices
that asked Ramsey Executive Education to help develop
my management team, and to specifically prepare water managers," says Phoenix City
Manager Frank Fairbanks. "They have the real world experience to make a difference."
The courses are available online or in the classroom at the ASU Mercado building in Downtown Phoenix.
Ramsey Executive Education also offers capacity-building, leadership development
and coaching services to public-sector organizations. This includes management
training, strategic planning, program evaluation and workshops on current public
administration issues and challenges. Ramsey Executive Education is part of the
School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Programs at the ASU Downtown Phoenix
campus. The Ramsey program offices are in the ASU Mercado building at 502 East
Monroe Street, Suite C110.
For information, visit http://ramseyexecutive.asu.edu
or call (602) 496-1300.
Corey Schubert, media manager with the College of Public Programs, can be reached at
(602) 496-0406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.