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History of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Managers

The Mississippi Society of Certified Public Managers (MSCPM) grew from the seeds planted in February of 1992 at the American Academy of Certified Public Manager’s (AACPM) annual conference in Savannah, Georgia. Mississippi’s CPM program was only a few years old at the time, and it was intent on becoming nationally accredited. The CPM program directors from Mississippi, Jan Walker, Marianne Gaudin and Becky Baum, along with several of the inaugural participants of the program, attended the AACPM conference and were encouraged by Margaret Bailey, the AACPM president, to begin a state society.

In the months that followed, with the help and encouragement of the AACPM, Mississippi’s first eighteen graduates of the Certificate in Supervisory Management (CSM) Program began the arduous process of forming a state society. The group was led by Lisa Romine of the Department of Mental Health, Mary Robinson of Information Technology Services, Jeff Adcock of the State Auditor’s Office, Jon Huey of the Department of Environmental Quality and Wade Spruill of the Department of Health, all of whom served as the first elected officers of the Mississippi Society. The group organized, developed a constitution and bylaws, elected officers and had the MSCPM incorporated in September of 1992. At the mid-year meeting of the AACPM Board, held in Jackson, Mississippi, in October of that year, George Askew, president of the AACPM and a true mentor to the Mississippi society, made a presentation to the MSCPM Board regarding the importance of official membership in the AACPM. The first meeting of the MSCPM Board was held in November, and the first CSM graduates became Mississippi’s first CPM graduates in December. In February, 1993, the Mississippi CPM Program was accredited by the National CPM Consortium, and the Mississippi Society received notification that it had been approved for membership into the AACPM. In April, 1993, Mississippi’s Society was recognized as the 12th member state at the annual AACPM Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The establishment of the Mississippi Society was and continues to be an important step in continuing the commitment of Mississippi’s CPM Program participants and graduates to be effective and efficient managers. It provides a means for CPM participants and graduates to continue their education and training, to promote the highest professional and ethical standards, to foster leadership and to promote and maintain powerful networks throughout state and local government in Mississippi and throughout the member states of the AACPM.

Activities of the Society

The Mississippi Society of Certified Public Managers (MSCPM) holds annual meetings which offer continuing training and education in public management. Training is designed for both the undergraduate and graduate.

The Society also publishes a newsletter to disseminate information about its actions and developments concerning public management. The newsletter is dissimulated electronically to active MSCPM members via email. You can also link to the current and past newsletters on this website.

MSCPM serves as a means to continue and expand professional associations among participants in the CPM program. It provides an avenue for managers and leaders to network within state government and share knowledge and ideas that may be beneficial to all.

All members may attend any Society activity and are encouraged to work on the various committees within the Society. Active members may hold office and both Active and Associate members are eligible to vote on matters before the Society.
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