Tuesday, November 24, 2015


COPP, National Forum for Black Public Administrators Establish Professional Development Institute

PDI graduatess

Professional Development Institute Graduates

Share this Story

(July 6, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy (COPP) and the San Antonio Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) have partnered to create the inaugural Professional Development Institute (PDI). The purpose of the Institute is to equip San Antonio’s emerging leaders with the skills required to effectively meet the demands of executive positions in the public sector.

The partnership is instrumental in enhancing and strengthening community engagement and civic participation, an integral part of the mission of the College of Public Policy.

“The collaboration with NFBPA supports one of our College’s major goals related to diversity and fostering civic engagement among African Americans and Latinos,” said Rogelio Saenz, dean of COPP.

A commencement ceremony for the students enrolled in the inaugural session was held in June, with San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley as the keynote speaker. UTSA students Layla McKinnon and Saressa Thorson were among the institute’s first graduates. Several others were UTSA alumni. The remaining participants included employees of the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy.

The inaugural Institute was taught by District Two Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, who also serves as a non-tenure track full-time faculty member in the Department of Public Administration. Participants were instructed in topics such as community leadership, 21st century trends, ethics, transparency, and accountability for public administrators. Guest speakers included State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon and SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.

NFBPA San Antonio Chapter President David McCary said, “We are excited. This is a defining moment for the San Antonio Chapter, and we look forward to developing future leaders through our Professional Development Institute. NFBPA San Antonio is dedicated to ensuring all PDI graduates master their craft in public service.”



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

Other Calendars
» UTSA Events | » Academic | » Institute of Texan Cultures

Submit an Event

Meet a Roadrunner

FAME student lost 130 pounds and now plans to battle diabetes epidemic

Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

Read More »

UTSA's Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA's Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA's Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

Connect with UTSA News


Related Links

Back to Top

2015 © The University of Texas at San Antonio  | One UTSA Circle San Antonio, TX 78249 | Information 210-458-4011

Produced by University Communications and Marketing