HCHRA Managers Complete Public Management and Leadership Program

HCHRA managers Chelsea Luster (2nd from left) and David Knight (far right), along with their cohorts, successfully completed their requirements in the JSU Institute of Government’s Public Management and Leadership Certificate Program in December.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency is pleased to recognize Mr. David Knight, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Ms. Chelsea Luster, associate vice president for Head Start and Early Childhood Programs, for successfully completing the Public Management and Leadership Program at Jackson State University’s Institute of Government (IOG) this past December.

Jackson State University’s IOG understands that the success of an organization is directly tied to the “readiness” of middle management and lower-level supervisors.  Based upon research and observations that suggest there is an under-readiness within middle and lower-level administrative personnel, the IOG offers the Public Management and Leadership Program designed specifically for managers with a critical focus on understanding government finance and budgeting; human resource management; policy development, implementation, accountability and evaluation; government structure, function and operation; ethics and legal frameworks of public service organizations; conflict resolution; effective supervision and leadership; and general public management issues.

“The successful operations of Hinds County Human Resource Agency depend heavily upon the core subject areas taught in the PML Program,” said Kenn Cockrell, President and CEO of HCHRA.  “We are pleased to have two of our top managers complete the program and bring such valuable and practical knowledge from the program to our agency.”

State employees who complete JSU’s Institute of Government’s Public Management and Leadership Certificate Program will qualify for a 3 percent salary increase based on a recent declaration by the Mississippi Personnel Board that designates Jackson State’s 16-week skills-building course as an “educational benchmark.”

“This is good for JSU,” said Dr. Otha Burton, JSU’s executive director of IOG.  He explained that the program is a three-month, non-academic intensive program involving 45 contact hours of development with notable individuals serving as faculty members.  These elite instructors from various sectors of government aim to assist employees in doing their jobs more effectively.

IOG’s 2016 fall cohorts successfully completed the PML program December 14th after hitting a new benchmark requiring them to associate each of their three-week subjects with personal job duties and responsibilities. This was JSU’s third PML session, and certificates were awarded at JSU’s 101 Downtown Campus.

To date, 27 mid-level managers have earned their qualifications. These employees are from city, county and state governments, public nonprofit organizations, and university staff.

PML sessions are offered each spring and fall.  The 2017 spring session begins January 24.  Applicants for admission and selection are eligible if they are currently employed in a government or public/nonprofit agency in a middle management or lower-level administrative position, or are aspiring to move into such positions.

For more information on the Public Management and Leadership Certificate Program, visit www.jsums.edu/instituteofgovernment or call 601-979-2339.

Instructors and guests gather to acknowledge and celebrate JSU’s third class of cohorts in IOG’s management and leadership program.

(Photos by Charles A. Smith/JSU)