Texas Tech University

Institute Staffing


Texas Tech's Public Management Institute will be led by the Office of International Affairs and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The Institute leadership team will consist of Dr. Darren Hudson, Dr. Conrad Lyford, and Dr. Jamie Bologna Pavlik as Co-Academic Directors, Dr. Ian Lertora as part of the Academic team Mr. Michael Johnson as Administrative Director and the Leadership Manager for the Common Leadership Curriculum. Ms. Stephanie Lara, Ms. Reagan Ribordy, and Ms. Elizabeth Espino Roberts will serve on the Administrative team and Mrs. Kathleen Cade-Gerzon will serve as the Program Coordinator.

Darren Hudson

Academic Director – Darren Hudson – CASNR

Darren Hudson is Professor and the Larry Combest Endowed Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness and Director of the International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness. Dr. Hudson has been a Professor at Mississippi State University and a Farm Foundation Fellow. He participates in the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute consortium producing annual baseline projections for cotton for the group. Hudson is a past-President of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. He earned his B.S. In Agribusiness from West Texas A&M University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson – Administrative Director & Leadership Manager

Michael Johnson has over 20 years of experience working in higher education, with the last 11 years focusing on international higher education. Michael has experience teaching in secondary and tertiary education systems and maintains his Texas state teaching certifications. He received his bachelor's degree from Texas Tech in Russian Language and Area Studies and a minor in International Studies and History. Michael also received his master's degree in History, with a minor in Russian studies. He is currently working towards his doctorate in higher education administration, with a focus toward greater internationalization and international collaboration. Michael will serve as the Administrative Co-Director and the Leadership Manager for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, ensuring the incorporation of supplemental leadership approaches, tools, and activities throughout the TTU Institute to build on and reinforce the Fellowship's focus on broad-based leadership development


Kathleen Cade-Gerzon

Kathleen Cade-Gerzon - Program Coordinator

Kathleen is a Coordinator for International Student Life in Student and Scholar Services at Texas Tech. She helps to oversee the coordination and planning of International Student and Scholar life events. She received a B.A. from Texas Tech in Geography with a minor in GIS and is currently working on a Graduate certificate in Cross-Cultural Studies at Texas Tech. She has over 8 years of experience in event coordination and has been with the Office of International Affairs for the past two years. Kathleen is the Program Coordinator for Mandela Washington Fellowship and assists with administrative aspects of the Mandela Washington Fellowship internal/external networking events and site visits, including communications, reservations, transportation, and catering.


Mandela Washington Fellowship Program