William P Hobby Jr

The William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University

Training public and nonprofit managers in the ethical values and technical competencies associated with outstanding public service.

Bill Hobby and the Hobby’s family brought tremendous progress to Texas in numerous areas-public education, mental health, water conservation, fiscal management, indigent health care, corrections, and public assistance programs, to name a few.
But none of his many achievements is more important than his determination that Texas must sustain its commitment to excellence in higher education, and his support for the resources that make that possible.
In July 1996, Texas State University established the Public Service Academy to deliver the CPM Program in Texas. In 1998 the name of the Texas State University Public Service Academy was changed to the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service after former Texas Lt. Governor William P. Hobby made a $1 million donation to Texas State University to help fund the Texas CPM Program. Governor Hobby’s gift also provided funds to support the William P. Hobby Professorship, held by Dr. Howard Balanoff, and public service activities such as the annual William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture, Hobby Scholarships/Fellowships and Student Teaching/Research Assistantships.

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CPM Texas State University Arlington 2024

Texas CPM Program Graduates 78 at the Texas State Capitol on June 3, 2024

The Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program Graduation was held on Monday, June 3, 2024, in the Capitol Auditorium at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. A reception for the graduates and their guests was held in the Legislative Conference Room of the Capitol Extension.

Click here for an article (with pictures) about the CPM Graduation.

Dr. Nandhini Rangarajan & Dr. Miha Vindis

CENTEX ASPA conducts its Public Service Recognition Week Awards Luncheon on Saturday May 18, 2024, at Palmers Restaurant in San Marcos, Texas

Faculty and students from Texas State University’s Political Science Department, UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government/Public Service & Distinguished Guests were honored for their Public Service contributions.

Click here for a writeup about the CENTEX ASPA Luncheon including pictures.
Click here for the Luncheon Program including list of honorees and distinguished guests.


ASPA’s Section on Public Management Practice in Cooperation with e.Republic, The Section for African Public Administration, and Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center For Public Service have scheduled an In-Person Symposium at the ASPA National Conference on Saturday April 13, 2024

By: Dr. Howard Balanoff, Chair, ASPA Section for Public Management Practice & Director, Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service

On Saturday April 13, 2024, ASPA’s Section for Public Management Practice (SPMP) in cooperation with APSA’s Section on African Public Administration sponsored a Symposium entitled, “Meeting the Global Public Policy & Public Administration Challenges of the next Decade” at the ASPA National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

The Symposium was sponsored by Texas State University’s William P Hobby Center for Public Service and featured an outstanding list of speakers on the topics of artificial intelligence (AI), the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program and good governance, politics and policy in Africa.

The keynote speaker at the Symposium was Texas State University Professor, Dr. Miha Vindis, who delivered the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture. The Lecture was entitled, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Public Administration: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions.

Click here for an article (with pictures) about the Symposium.


“Over his years as Lieutenant Governor, Hobby gained a reputation as an astute fiscal manager and parliamentary leader in the Texas Senate”

– Texas State Archives Biography