• Public Works Leadership Academy

    Public works managers are responsible for a complex set of systems that require many technical and leadership skills to be delivered successfully. Hamline's Public Works Leadership Academy, offered in partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association, will boost your effectiveness as a public works manager and grow your leadership expertise.

    With a Public Works Leadership Academy certificate from Hamline, you will: 

    • Learn best practices in the public works field and improve your skills in communication, conflict resolution, and management.
    • Develop strategies to increase optimal performance of your employees in the face of change.
    • Build your knowledge of relevant topics ranging from personnel management to financial relationships among federal, state, and local governments.  

    Register by August 1, 2016, and receive a $200 discount!  

    Certificate Topics

    The Public Works Leadership Academy consists of twelve core modules recommended by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Some of the topics to be covered include:

    • Public Works: Foundations and the Future
    • Essential Human Resource Management
    • Labor Relations and Authority Issues
    • Financial Management of Public Works
    • Conflict Studies and Resolution Strategies
    • Citizen Participation
    • Organization Change
    • Communication and Media Relations
    • Intergovernmental Relations
    • The Ethical Public Works Leader
    • Best Practices of a Public Works Leader

    Program Overview

    Certificate classes meet at Hamline's Minneapolis location in St. Louis Park. All students must complete 90 hours of training in seven monthly sessions over an eight-month period. Students who complete the Leadership Academy coursework receive a certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program and 8 Continuing Studies credits.
    Cost for the course is $2,950, payable in two installments.


    The class meets the second Thursday and Friday of each month* from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays with dinner included and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays with a continental breakfast and lunch included.

    Classes meet on the following dates:
    Session 1: September 8-9, 2016
    Session 2: October 13-14, 2016
    Session 3: November 10-11, 2016
    Session 4: January 12-13, 2017
    Session 5: February 9-10, 2017
    Session 6: March 9-10, 2017
    Session 7: April 6-7*, 2017 (the class will meet in the first week of April, due to the Good Friday holiday at Hamline on April 14)

    Degree Candidacy

    Participants are eligible to earn graduate or continuing studies credit. Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied to the Master or Doctorate of Public Administration. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace and Leadership Communication Skills certificates.

    About The Instructor

    Wally Wysopal is a professional local government manager with more than 26 years experience; he is currently serving as administrator for the City of Fridley. Wally is the former Chair of the Board of Government Training Services and is Chair of the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and Chair of the Metropolitan Area Manager's Association Labor Relations Committee. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Public Administration from Hamline University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He teaches Public Sector HR Management, Labor Relations and Local Government Management courses.