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News Release

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Contact: Chad Cowan
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Kay James Names Dr. Thomas J. Towberman to Head the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville

Premier Federal Training Center will support new CHCO Academy and SES Candidate Development Program

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Thomas J. Towberman has been named the new Director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of three residential learning facilities operated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), FEI has been training the Nation's top federal executives for over 30 years.

Dr. Towberman joined OPM in April 2002 to serve as Senior Advisor for Learning and Knowledge Management to OPM Director Kay Coles James. As the agency's chief learning officer, Towberman was responsible for coordinating OPM's training efforts across government to make certain that executives had the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the President's Management Agenda. He has been a leader in expanding access to training for the federal workforce, including the offering of coursework on the Internet. Towberman also began efforts to reinvigorate the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) program, making the program which provides individuals with graduate degrees the opportunity to serve their country in the civil service more contemporary and attractive to outstanding candidates.

"Dr. Towberman has tremendous vision and is a highly qualified member of our team at OPM. He is passionate about leadership development, and I am quite pleased he has accepted the challenging assignment of running the Federal Executive Institute," James said. "It is imperative that the federal government build its leadership pipeline, and the training provided through FEI is a vital component of our strategy. We will be counting on Tom to ensure that the Institute continues to offer the finest training in the Nation not only at the Charlottesville campus, but by offering custom and consulting services to Federal agencies at their sites."

In addition to ongoing executive training, FEI will provide staff support for the federal government's Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs), with one of Towberman's first assignments being be to help develop the CHCO Academy. FEI also will play an integral part in launching the new governmentwide Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES-CDP).

A recognized leader with over 30 years of experience, Towberman has created and directed high-performance organizations in both the public and private sectors. As Commissioner of Virginia's Employment Commission, he oversaw Virginia's workforce development, training and employment programs and was responsible for a budget of $600 million, 1,200 employees and a $1 billion unemployment insurance trust fund. Dr. Towberman also served under Virginia Governor George Allen as the Executive Director of the Commission on Government Reform.

Dr. Towberman has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond. He was President of a Richmond-based management consulting firm and has served on the full-time graduate faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tom Towberman is one of 20 new career Senior Executive Service (SES) members OPM is adding to its rolls following a global search for the best and the brightest candidates from within and outside of government. The new executives - selected in a 50-day application-to-hire timeframe - fill key vacancies in the new OPM team, building the agency's capacity to carry out critical missions and ensuring that OPM has the knowledge and skills needed to implement world-class personnel policy in accordance with the President's Management Agenda.

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