Wes Wynens

Wes Wynens

Work History

Work History


Consulting Experience

Have consulted for Deloitte, NORTEL, BellSouth, Coca-Cola, Florida Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corps of Engineers, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Tennessee Valley Authority in the areas of group decision-making, leadership development, and strategic planning.

Jun 2004 - Present

Director, State Training Programs

University of Georgia

Public Service Associate, and Manager State Training Programs, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia. Responsible for enterprise leadership development and executive education for the state of Georgia. Direct a two million dollar program that provides design, delivery, and support for all state leadership development activities.

Jun 1999 - Jun 2004

Public Service Associate, Faculty


Public Service Associate, Faculty, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia. Conducted leadership training and development for local elected and appointed officials. Taught Management Development I, II, and III, a 175-hour leadership development series based on college level texts and materials. Conducted training on special topics, developed e-learning modules, and provided consultation and coaching.

Jun 1990 - Jun 1999

Public Service Associate/Assistant, Faculty, Fanning Institute

Public Service Associate/Assistant, Faculty, Institute of Community and Area Development, University of Georgia. Provided facilitation and group decision-making support for community-based organizations, ad-hoc teams, and economic development organizations. Employed decision modeling and policy conferences to assist groups in decision-making.

Jun 1989 - Jun 1990


Staff, Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Continuing Education. Developed courses in decision modeling and computer assisted decision-making.

Jun 1986 - Jun 1989

Strategic Planner

United States Department of the Army

Strategic Planner, United States Department of the Army Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia. Awarded the Presidential Management Internship, served on Congressional Staff and Major Command level formulating resource allocation plans for Continental US operations.


Aug 1990 - Jun 1997


University of Georgia

Areas of Study Include Public Policy, Organizational Behavior, Group Decision Making

Jun 1984 - Jun 1986

Master of Public Administration

University of Georgia
Jun 1978 - Jun 1982




  • Capacity to create and grow leadership development programs.
  • Ability to create top-tier learning experiences through innovative and unique methods.
  • Thorough understanding of leadership development across all contexts.
  • Proficient in leadership assessment tools including psychometric evaluation, multi-rater feedback, and past behavioral interviewing.
  • Skilled in providing leadership development feedback including coaching and development planning.
  • Excellent instruction skills as evidenced by student ratings and program growth.
  • Understand the importance of influence, boundary spanning, and collaboration in creating program success.


  • Pi Alpha Alpha, Public Administration Honor Society
  • International Association of Facilitators
  • Organizational Development Network

Research Experience

  • Revised Vinson Institute instructor assessment tools to conform to statistically valid questions and rating scales.
  • Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Facilitator Values: An exploration using Q-Methodology and Social Judgment Analysis.
  • Participated in the development of organization development text as a graduate research assistant.
  • Participated in a longitudinal study of the correlation of SAT scores as a predictor of performance in the University of Georgia MPA Program.


Selected Career Accomplishments

  • Created the Georgia Leadership Institute for the State of Georgia. The premier leadership development experience for state officials.
  • Established the first Atlanta training and development presence for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of Georgia, growing the operational capacity by 1.5 million dollars.
  • Work with and maintain relationships with key State officials and local business leaders.
  • Revised the core leadership and management development curriculum for the Vinson Institute Local government Program to include the use of multi-rater feedback, coaching, and college level materials.
  • Pioneered the use of decision support technology in the practice of facilitation and decision-making groups, including support for President Jimmy Carter’s Atlanta Project.

Teaching and Facilitation Experience

  • Employ a variety of teaching methodologies including pedagogical, action learning, experiential, and challenge-centered. Make extensive use of multi-media and web based methods where appropriate.
  • Taught Management Development I, II, and III, a 175-hour leadership development experience for state and local government officials.
  • Currently teach executive level leadership development in the context of residential and non-residential settings. Proficient in the following subject areas:
    • Theories and Models of Leadership
    • Leadership in Organizations
    • Leadership in Political Environments
    • Group Dynamics and Performance
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Team Development
    • Influence Strategies
    • Leading Change
    • Ethical Leadership
  • Developed the Executive Leadership Program and the Executive Leadership Development Program, the signature Leadership Development experiences of the Georgia Leadership Institute.
  • Facilitated hundreds of decision-making groups using decision modeling, resource allocation modeling, and group decision making models
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, teaching undergraduate Political Science.