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Senior Executives in State and Local Government

Program Session(s):
July 10, 2017 - July 28, 2017
June 4, 2018 - June 22, 2018

Application Deadline(s):
April 5, 2017
April 4, 2018

Program Fee:$14,100

Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains. Please contact the program director for additional information.

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

See the Admission section for fellowship information.

Faculty Chair: David King

Program Director: John Williams

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Senior executives in state and local governments face greater demands from a skeptical public today than at any time in recent decades. Across the country, revenues have fallen sharply, the need for services has spiked, and trust in government has plummeted. To exercise effective leadership in this difficult environment, officials in government and nonprofit organizations need the knowledge and skills to develop creative solutions under tight constraints and increased public scrutiny. 

The Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government provides a balance of traditional and hands-on learning experiences to help seasoned public officials meet the changing needs of their constituents and communities. In particular, this program enables participants to become more effective public managers by:

  • Challenging assumptions about how to exercise leadership in the public sector.
  • Developing new conceptual frameworks for addressing policy issues.
  • Examining innovative partnerships and new models of collaborative governance.
  • Exploring the relationship between citizens and their government.
  • Understanding the behavioral dimensions of decision-making.
  • Exchanging ideas with experienced faculty and a diverse group of colleagues.

This three-week program operates as an interactive classroom, where faculty and participants work together on real-life case studies and learn from each other. One of the most frequently cited problems of public officials is how to create and engage in public discourse about difficult subjects. Participants will be in an environment where the classroom serves as a forum for raising difficult issues and practicing the skill of creating and maintaining a conversation that leads to change. 

"Participating in the State and Local Government Excellence Executive Education Program came at the perfect time for me in my career as a professional local government manager and as I prepared to become the President of the International City/County Management Association. I left Harvard inspired and challenged and equipped with new tools to exercise leadership both as a Deputy City Manager in Lynchburg and as President of ICMA. The opportunity to attend the SLGE Program was a learning experience of a lifetime."

- Bonnie Svrcek,  Deputy City Manager, City of Lynchburg, VA
  President, International City/County Management Association


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