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By Liz Warren-Pederson


Building on the success of the regional, five-day Southwest Leadership Program, Eller introduced a new certificate program for public sector leaders this spring. The program, Foundations of Public Sector Leadership, launched in April with a capacity enrollment of 45.

Eller's new Foundations of Public Sector Leadership program launched in Tucson this spring. Photo by David Harvey.

Eller’s new Foundations of Public Sector Leadership program launched in Tucson this spring.
Photo by David Harvey.

“The idea is to prepare mid-level managers for the challenges of leading local government in today’s ever-evolving environment,” said Paul Melendez, director of the Southwest Leadership Program. “At no other time has the need for the delivery of the highest-quality local government management training been more urgent.”

Melendez designed the program with John Leavitt, assistant chief of police with Tucson Police Department. “This program is important to us because it gave our newest managers a head start in their jobs,” said Leavitt, who sent 12 officers to participate. “We will experience unprecedented turnover among managers in the next few years, and this will help us prepare.”

The five-day program focused on practical, interactive seminars led by top Eller faculty. Topics included managing uncertainty and change, budgeting and financial management, communication, human resources, ethics, empowerment, personal brand management, and negotiations.

“We aim for them to return to their sectors with new competencies and skills in a broad range of topics,” Melendez said. “It’s a bootcamp approach to learning to lead more effectively through targeted internal communication and conflict management techniques.”

Along the way, participants got to network with other participants, many of whom would not otherwise have crossed paths. “One important part of the program was the opportunity to interact with managers from a variety of public sector jobs,” said Leavitt.

Learn more about the range of Eller’s executive education programs.