Governor’s Executive Development Program
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The LBJ School’s Governor’s Executive Development Program leads top executives in Texas state agencies and universities in organizational strategy, infrastructure management, resource management, and personal effectiveness. The Governor’s Executive Development Program (GEDP) is a three-week intensive educational program for top executives in Texas state agencies and universities. The GEDP is designed for those with executive-level positions and responsibility for charting the strategic direction of their organizations. More information on nominations, as well as general guidelines for eligibility, are included below.
After the Governor's Center for Management Development was successfully established in 1981 to train first and mid-level state agency managers, the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives jointly appointed the Executive Development Council to develop a course for top executives in Texas state government. The Council designed the initial three-week curriculum, hired a director for the program and recommended that the program be administered by the LBJ School of Public Affairs. GEDP held its charter class in 1985; to date, there are more than 1,500 graduates of the GEDP, representing more than 100 Texas state agencies.
Requests for nominations are sent by the Governor of Texas a few months prior to the program. In April, May or early June of each year, the Texas Governor will send a letter to each state agency and university chief executive officer requesting nominations to the GEDP program. Nominations from these CEOs are sent to the Governor's Office and the GEDP class is selected from this pool of nominations.
To ensure consideration for this class, please complete and submit the nomination form and then as soon as possible fax (512-475-8111) or email (GCMD@austin.utexas.edu) an organizational chart which clearly indicates the nominee’s area in the organization. Nominations will be forwarded to the Office of the Governor. For more information on the nomination process, please call us at 512-475-8100.
The Governor's Executive Development Program is designed for agency executives with the responsibility for charting the strategic direction of their organizations. This is a time-intensive program, the best candidates are those that want to dedicate the time and effort and have an interest in enhancing their leadership capacity.
The general criteria for eligibility are based on agency employee population.
- 1-100 employees: Executive Director, Commissioner, Board Chairs and Board Members
- 101-1000 employees: Executive Director, Deputy Director, Board Chairs and Board Members
- 1001-plus employees: Top three tiers of management, Board Chairs and Board Members
Presidents, Chancellors, Regents, Vice-Presidents, Vice-Chancellors and Deans with substantial management responsibility
The GEDP curriculum is organized around four key areas:
- Organizational Strategy (values, vision, mission and strategic planning)
- Infrastructure Management (structure, systems and processes that support strategies)
- Resource Management (resource management practices that support strategies)
- Personal Effectiveness (self-awareness, purpose and self-management)
Within these four areas, participants will be able to develop and enhance the following specific executive competencies:
- Acquire and understand the parameters of the executive view and the process of human resource management.
- Be able to formulate and implement strategic and operational plans.
- Understand the problems involved and be able to use the processes of organizational and interpersonal communication.
- Become aware of environmental and industry changes and the potential directions of future change.
- Formulate strategies for management and employee development.
- Link with other agency and university executives to effectively implement programs requiring increasing inter-organizational cooperation.
- Identify and access information vital to successfully solving the critical problems of today.
Teaching and Learning
Executive development is most effective when closely linked with on-the-job issues and challenges. Teaching methods include case studies, experiential exercises, lectures, and discussions. In addition, each GEDP participant, with input from the agency executive director or board chair, is expected to develop a Leadership Plan for applying the new ideas, concepts and behaviors to his or her own agency's specific issues and challenges.
A confidential, multi-rater feedback process is also utilized to identify both strengths and developmental areas in specific executive behaviors. The results of this assessment are used by each participant to design a personal development plan that allows each to manage his or her ongoing executive development.
In addition to the program, participants in the GEDP will receive a one-on-one executive coaching session. During the session, the coach will go over the multi-rater feedback instrument and provide guidance on starting a professional development plan.
The three-week executive program is conducted once each year.
Who should attend
Top executives in Texas state agencies and universities. Attendees must be nominated and will be selected by the Office of the Governor.