COLLEGE STATION – Thirty-five fire service leaders graduated from the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program last month.The fourth graduating class came from across the state of Texas plus Georgia and the Turks & Caicos Islands.
A joint initiative between the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Leadership Development Program and the Texas A&M University Mays Business School, the weeklong program was held at the Center for Executive Development on the A&M campus.
Faculty in the Mays Business School led sessions on topics such as the challenges of leadership, finance for executives, ethics, and strategic management and planning. Attendees also learned about creativity and innovation, managing change and transition, media relations and stress management.
The program is becoming recognized among the Texas fire service and beyond. “My market research has shown that there are Fire Chief job postings that are either requiring the TEEX Fire Service Chief Executive Officer Certificate or at least listing it as a preference for potential candidates,” said Training Manager Robert Barron.
The next class, scheduled for October, is already full and registrations are now being accepted for the May 2016 class, he added.