Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC)

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The Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC) is a cooperative program of the University of Arkansas Little Rock, University of Arkansas, and Arkansas State University. The Consortium offers specialized, affordable professional training and training-related services. The trainings focus on those that serve the public including state, county, and local government employees, elected officials, and non-profit professionals. Our professional training is an affordable alternative to the out-of-state seminar providers. APAC is also dedicated to meeting the needs of government and non-profit agencies through training services designed specifically for Arkansas and tailored to the wants and needs of each agency.

For more information, please contact apacprog@ualr.edu or (501) 569-3436.

Registration is currently open for the following APAC training programs

APAC is Pleased to Announce that 66 Arkansas Public Servants Received Certifications on May 10, 2018

The Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC) honored 66 individuals who earned certifications in public management, volunteer management, group facilitation, and city planning on Thursday, May 10, at a ceremony at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

James L. “Skip” Rutherford III, Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, gave the keynote address which focused on the importance of serving the public.

Awards were also presented. The Best Project Plan Award was received by Mikel Murders at the Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority. CPM with Excellence recognizing a commitment to lifelong learning was given to Kelly Farrell at Arkansas State Parks and Wes Goodner at the Pulaski County Treasurer’s Office.

The Certified Group Facilitator Program graduated its first class of 11 this year. This program teaches participants how to effectively design, manage, and lead a group to solve problems and meet desired goals. Graduates include:

Located in Little Rock, Arkansas:

  • Jackson Bittner, Arkansas Public Administration Consortium
  • Brandy Britton, Community Health Centers of Arkansas
  • Michael Craw, UA Little Rock School of Public Affairs
  • Sonya Davis, Arkansas Department of Health
  • Rebecca Edwards, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
  • Laura Hendrix, UA System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
  • Susan Markman, Metroplan
  • Lauren Morris, UA System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
  • Jennifer Pinkston, Central Arkansas Development Council
  • Jonathan Wallace, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • Lisa Weaver, Community Health Centers of Arkansas

The Certified Public Manager® (CPM) designation is earned by completing 300 hours that includes coursework, submitting a Project Plan, professional development hours, and a comprehensive exam. The CPM program is nationally accredited through the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. Graduates include:

Located in Harrisburg, Arkansas

  • Crystal Walton, Arkansas Department of Human Services

Located in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Veronica Wicker Alexander, Arkansas Department of Labor
  • Darla Brooks, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • Mark Cutrer, Arkansas Forestry Commission
  • Tim Harrison, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority
  • Lisa Mayers, Pulaski County Assessor’s Office
  • Joshua Middleton, Disability Determination for Social Security Administration
  • Mikel Murders, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority
  • Crystal Phelps, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • Jimmy Powell, Pulaski County Assessor’s Office
  • Leonard Smith, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
  • Samuel Sparrow, Commissioner of State Lands
  • Rosetta Toles, Arkansas State Medical Board

Located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas

  • TyJunia Nicole Clark, Arkansas Community Correction

Located in Ward, Arkansas

  • Charles Gastineau, City of Ward

The Arkansas Governmental Manager designation was awarded to 20 public servants. The program provides management training to middle and upper level managers in state and local government and nonprofit agencies. Graduates include:

Located in Harrisburg, Arkansas

  • Crystal Walton, Arkansas Department of Human Resources

Located in Harrison, Arkansas

  • Christopher Holder, Arkansas Department of Human Services

Located in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Nathan Alderson, Department of Finance and Administration, Division of Building Authority
  • Richard Dawson, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • Steven Fowler, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Heather Garrett, Arkansas Real Estate Commission
  • Biranda Lumpkin, Arkansas Public Administration Consortium
  • Nancy Mallett, UA Little Rock, Donaghey Student Center
  • Cindy Murphy, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office
  • Antwanette Pettigrew-House, Arkansas State Bank Department
  • Crystal Phelps, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • Hollie Sanders, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Lisa Smith, Arkansas State Bank Department
  • Samuel Sparrow, Commission of State Lands
  • Rosetta Toles, Arkansas State Medical Board
  • Michael Wyatt, UA Little Rock MidSOUTH

Located in North Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Lori Goode, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
  • Melissa Riffle, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
  • Susan Speake, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Located in Ward, Arkansas

  • Charles Gastineau, City of Ward

The Certified Volunteer Manager Program is nationally recognized for fostering professional excellence in volunteer management by providing quality leadership training. Graduates include:

Located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

  • Sharon Bell, Central Arkansas Development Council

Located in Benton, Arkansas

  • Dana Bates, Central Arkansas Development Council
  • Garry Edward Elrod, Central Arkansas Development Council
  • Lavel Neal, Central Arkansas Development Council
  • Linda Smith, Central Arkansas Development Council

Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • Carlye Rene Dennis, Fayetteville Public Library
  • Elizabeth Hopkins, Walton Arts Center
  • Elizabeth Sullivan, Arkansas Children’s Foundation

Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas

  • Joel Suarez, Tri-Lakes CASA

Located in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Christopher Beaumont, Central Arkansas Library System
  • Reagan Brooks, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
  • Jacqueline Gibson, Arkansas Children’s Foundation
  • Tamara Keech, Pulaski and Perry County CASA
  • Grier Pegram, Girl Scouts- Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas
  • Rachael Price, UA System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
  • Regina Taylor, Girl Scouts- Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

Located in Mountain Home, Arkansas

  • Karen Kimbriel, Baxter County Library

Located in Rogers, Arkansas

  • Stefanie Jackson, Office of Human Concern

Located in Owosso, Michigan

  • Lynette Freeman, Memorial Healthcare

The Certified Arkansas Planning Official Program provides the foundational knowledge required to fulfill the duties of a city planning official and helps participants serve their communities. The program is offered in partnership with the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association. This year’s graduate is:

Located in Centerton, Arkansas

  • Wayne Low, City of Centerton