Naifeh Center, UT Martin partner to offer college credit for public manager training

The Tennessee Certified Public Manager Program, now in its second year at the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership in Knoxville, now offers up to six hours of college credit through a partnership with the University of Tennessee at Martin.

UT Martin will offer college credit toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in political science with a concentration in public administration to those who complete the program, beginning with the fall 2019 semester.

“After reviewing the curriculum and observing the accreditation status of the CPM program, we feel confident this relationship will be beneficial to those seeking a college degree and those desiring to be better managers and public professionals,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor. “The UT Martin political science department feels those desiring a degree in public administration will be more empowered by incorporating the tools provided in the CPM program. We look forward to working with (UT System Interim) President Randy Boyd and his initiatives to bring Tennesseans together with better training and education.”

The first cohort of certified public managers graduated in early 2019. Classes are currently ongoing in both Knoxville and Nashville, and they will conclude in December of this year. The Tennessee CPM program is one of the few leadership and professional development programs in the state of Tennessee that establishes cohorts of participants within various industries to learn from each other and broaden their perspectives.

“This partnership is an added benefit for those who complete the CPM program,” said Macel Ely, director of the Naifeh Center. “These credit hours might be the impetus someone needs to complete their degree.”

For more information, contact Trent Clagg, training specialist at the Naifeh Center, at


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