• Public Works Executive Fellowship

    Hamline’s Public Works Executive Fellowship—offered in partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association—is the only executive training offered at the local level for public works professionals. The certificate is designed to help increase the leadership skills essential for successful current and emerging executive-level leaders.

    With Hamline’s Public Works Executive Fellowship, you will: 

    • Assess your personal leadership inventory and develop a sustainable leadership plan.
    • Develop strategies for navigating and successfully leading within politically-charged environments.
    • Learn effective methods for citizen engagement.
    • Understand the use of visioning and strategic planning for your department and community.  

    Program Overview

    Students meet at Hamline's Minneapolis location one day per month and complete the rest of the coursework online. All students must complete 90 hours of training in class and online over an eight-month period. Students who complete the Executive Fellowship 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 certificate program is $2,800, payable in two installments in September and January.


    Students attend class one day per month and work online with their class and instructors between sessions. Class is from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner is included in the cost. The session dates for the 2015-2016 certificate are:

    Session 1: Thursday, October 1, 2015
    Session 2: Thursday, November 5, 2015
    Session 3: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
    Session 4: Thursday, January 7, 2016
    Session 5: Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Session 6: Thursday, March 3, 2016
    Session 7: Thursday, April 7, 2016

    About The Instructors

    Wally Wysopal is a professional local government manager with more than 26 years experience; he is currently city manager 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 in the Hamline degree programs, and three certificate courses: including the Public Works Leadership Academy and Advanced Human Resources for Public Works.

    William S. Joynes' career in public service spans 32 years in executive level positions, and he currently serves as interim city manager for the City of Shorewood. For 18 years Bill served as the city manager/HRA director for the City of Golden Valley, retiring in October of 2002. After many years of teaching Human Resource Management and Public Sector Dispute Resolution concentrating on negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills at Hamline, Bill retired from full-time teaching. He continues to teach the Public Works Leadership Academy, Advanced Human Resources for Public Works, and Public Sector Conflict Resolution certificate courses. 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 served as CPAL director from its inception until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2014.

    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 Public Administration must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.