Austin College will host its annual Public Administration Symposium on Thursday, November 12, including two panel discussions and a luncheon keynote address by Reginald Hatter, executive director of Workshop Houston. The event is free and open to the public but advance reservations are required for the luncheon by emailing PAsymposium@austincollege.edu.
The morning panel, 9:45 to 11 a.m., will address “Who Provides What, When, and How? The Role of Private Nonprofit Organizations and Government in Providing Services.” The event takes place in Wright Campus Center, Room 231. Don Rodgers, Austin College associate professor of political science, will moderate the session that includes panelists:
- Randy McBroom – Director of Government Services, Texoma Council of Governments
- Susan Thomas – Executive Director, Texoma Council of Governments
- Martha Nuckols – Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Grayson County
The luncheon, including the keynote address by Hatter, begins at 11:30 a.m. in Mabee Hall of Wright Campus Center and is scheduled to end at 1:20 p.m. Hatter’s speech is “Inspiration Through Opportunity: Why We Don’t Need Your ‘Help’.”
The afternoon panel, 1:30 to 2:45, addresses “Combining Non-Profit Passion & Academic Research into Smart Urban Planning” in Wright Campus Center, Room 231. Austin College’s Nathan Bigelow, associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department, will moderate the discussion of panelists:
- Timothy Bray – Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research, University of Texas at
- Anthony Galvan – Associate Director of Research and Operations at the Institute for Urban Policy Research, University of Texas at Dallas
- Timothy Glass – Research & Information Manager, City of Dallas
- Suzanne Smith – Founder and Managing Director, Social Impact Architects
The 2015 Public Administration Symposium is sponsored by Austin College’s Posey Leadership Institute, Pre-Law Society, Department of Political Science, and Center for Community and Regional Development, as well as the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas.
About the Keynote Speaker
Reginald Hatter earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Baylor University with a minor in criminal justice in 2003. Following graduation, he taught SAT preparatory classes and provided tutoring services at Huntington Learning Center before joining the Texas public school system as a teacher in 2006. In 2007, he joined Workshop Houston, a free after-school program designed to deliver creative, technical, and educational programs for youth in the Third Ward-area and beyond. In addition to its programs in welding and metal fabrication, music production, and fashion and graphic design programs, Hatter was part of the launch of Scholar Shop, which focuses on academic enrichment. He later became the co-director, in charge of programs. Earlier this year, he was named executive director of the organization, which has a mission provide youth with creative, technical, and educational resources; support; expanded opportunities; and alternative definitions of success.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.