• Minnesota Public Works Association Executive Leadership Academy (Pending MOHE Approval)


    Certificate Topics

    The Executive Leadership Academy consists of core module topics recommended by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Topics to be covered include:

    • Leadership Foundations and Practice
      Students will conduct a leadership assessment, including Strengths Finder 2.0, Leadership Practices Inventory, and 360 Ethical Evaluation. They will use case studies and examples to examine the changing skill set for public works leaders, learn about assessing a healthy lifestyle, and develop a personal leadership statement.
    • Assessing Organizational Performance
      Students will learn about identifying measures and outcomes in the face of cultural, political, functional and rational dimensions to them. They will explore best in class organizations in regards to performance assessment, where their organization is in relation to the benchmarks, identify opportunities and risks of assessment, create a roadmap for their organization, conduct a SWOT analysis, etc.
    • Community Building
      This topic will explore how people get involved and how public works leaders can make a meaningful difference in the process. It will also explore ways to help public works leaders be effective in communicating and persuading for success, as well as working effectively with the media.
    • Capstone Project
      Assisted by the education committee of the MPWA, the class will develop a case study representing a large and complex project located in a metro city. Students will work in small groups, write a brief paper and make a presentation in class.
    • Resiliency of Leadership
      Students will learn how to implement strategies for keeping their leadership abilities effective over the course of a career and how to develop a culture of sustainable practices within their organization. They will examine personal adaptations to change and prepare to infuse creativity and innovation into their personal strategy and organization. They will prepare a group presentation for presentation at the MPWA conference in May.
    • Building the Profession
      Students will present their findings regarding leadership to the general membership of the MPWA at the annual conference.

    Program at a Glance

    All students must complete ninety hours of training in class and online over an eight-month period. The program is deliberately scheduled to span two calendar years so the cost of certification can be spread over two budget cycles. Students who complete the Executive Leadership Academy coursework receive certification from the American Public Works Association, a certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program, and 8 Continuing Studies credits.

    Cost for the course is $2800.

    Time Requirements

    This is a hybrid course, where students attend class one day per month and work online with their class and instructors between sessions. The session dates for the 2015-2016 certificate are:

    Session 1: Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Session 2: Thursday, October 8, 2015
    Session 3: Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Session 4: Thursday, January 14, 2016
    Session 5: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Session 6: Thursday, March 10, 2016
    Session 7: Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Class is from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided and is included in the cost. 

    Degree Candidacy

    All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Arts in Public Administration at Hamline University must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.

    About The Instructors
    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.

    William S. Joynes' career in public service spans 32 years in executive level positions. For 18 years he served as the City manager/HRA Director for the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota, retiring in October of 2002. Bill teaches Human Resource Management and Public Sector Dispute Resolution concentrating on negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills. Bill holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, a Master's Degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California and is a graduate of the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship Program in St. Louis, Missouri. Bill has also consulted with Minnesota cities and counties in the areas of labor relations, management structure, executive search and human resource systems. Projects include Management Reorganization, Goodhue County, MN; Mediation of the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department Multi-City Governance Structure; and Visionary Efforts in Ramsey and Coon Rapids, MN. Bill He has served as CPAL director since its inception.