• Minnesota Public Works Association Leadership Academy

    Due to the launch of a new public works certificate for people at the executive level, the original Leadership Academy will be on hiatus until Fall 2016 - please check back next spring for details.

    Certificate Topics

    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

    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.