26 Public Sector Employees from 12 Agencies Earn Certified Public Manager Certificates


Public sector employees from state agencies, universities and local government were honored for completing the rigorous North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program in a ceremony and reception this afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Managed by the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR), the program was established in 1982 to enhance the effectiveness of public sector organizations across our state by developing the leadership capabilities of mid-level managers. Since then, more than 2,385 mid-level managers across state and local governments have completed the program. 

To date, 1,587 of those graduates have been awarded the Certified Public Manager designation following the program’s accreditation by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium in 1988.

Today’s graduates were commended by State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson, Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders, and Terry Bell, outgoing president of the North Carolina Society of Certified Public Managers. Certificates were presented by Reed Altman, director of the Certified Public Manager Program at OSHR’s Learning Development Center, and senior leaders from each graduate’s agency.

All honorees are based in Raleigh unless otherwise noted:

  • Administrative Office of the Courts: Faith S. Taylor
  • Department of Administration: Grant Franklin Braley; David O’Neal
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Andrew McKinney
  • Department of Commerce: Agreta Limerick; Sandra Kay Webster (Clinton, N.C.)
  • Department of Environmental Quality: Jeremy Poplawski
  • Department of Health and Human Services: Deanna Dillon (Greensboro); Angela Dunaway; Tracy B. Ginn, Jennifer Pounds; Melissa Stevenson
  • Department of Information Technology: Kevin Harris; Tulasi Maddi
  • Department of Justice: Karen Morrow; Elizabeth Patel
  • Department of Public Safety: Jason Wimmer
  • Department of Revenue: Elaine Bednarz; Michael S. Connolly; Richard Gilbert; Barrett Morris
  • Department of Transportation: Pareshkumar Patel; Larry Sanders, PE; John E. Sandor (Durham); Peter Wan (Asheville)
  • UNC System Office: Dr. Dharam P. Singla (Chapel Hill)

For additional information about the North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program, visit https://oshr.nc.gov/document/certified-public-manager-program.

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Note to Media: Photos of graduates receiving their framed certificate will be provided upon request.

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