• Public Works Leadership Academy

    The ability of public works managers to successfully oversee the complex set of systems for which they are responsible is contingent on their execution of distinct technical and leadership skills. 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.

    • 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.

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    Certificate Topics

    The Public Works Leadership Academy consists of 12 core modules recommended by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Some of the topics 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
    • 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. 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 eight continuing studies credits.

    Cost for the course is $3,100, payable in two installments.


    The class meets one Thursday a month from 2 to 8 p.m. and the following Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West End (Minneapolis) location. Dinner on Thursday and continental breakfast and lunch on Friday are included.

    Classes meet on the following dates:
    Session 1: September 9–10, 2021
    Session 2: October 7–8, 2021
    Session 3: November 11–12, 2021
    Session 4: January 6–7, 2022
    Session 5: February 10–11, 2022
    Session 6: March 10–11, 2022
    Session 7: April 7–8, 2022
    Session 8: May TBD

    About the Instructor

    Wally Wysopal is a professional local government manager with more than 26 years experience and 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 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 from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He teaches public sector HR management, labor relations, and local government management courses.

    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 of Public Administration or the PhD in Management and Public Service. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Leadership Communication Skills Certificate.