The Austin College Public Administration Symposium will be held Thursday, November 18, in Wright Campus Center Room 231 and Mabee Hall, focusing on “Rapid Growth, Economic Decline: The Challenges to Good Governance.” The event is free to Austin College students and faculty, with $15 registration for all others. Please register with Frank Rohmer, associate professor of political science, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903.813.2493 no later than 5 p.m. Monday, November 15.
The third annual public administration event is sponsored by the Austin College Pre-Law Society with the generous support of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and the Austin College Student Assembly. Senior Erin Sweeney of Rowlett, Texas, vice president of the Pre-Law Society, officially will begin the symposium at 11 a.m. Panels will be held in Room 231, with the luncheon address in Mabee Hall.
Sherman Mayor Bill Magers will open the day’s discussion with a brief look at challenges faced by the city of Sherman in a time of economic crisis. A panel discussion follows at 11:15 a.m. on the problems of governance facing the city of Dallas and nearby cities, featuring Ted Benavides, former city manager of Denton and Dallas and now a professor at SMU; and Ron Whitehead, city manager of Addison.
Keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Todd Votteler, executive manager of intergovernmental relations for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. He will address the challenges of environmental preservation within the constraints of clashing private interests and governmental institutions in a luncheon presentation at 12:30 p.m. in Mabee Hall of Wright Campus Center.
At 2 p.m., deputy city managers Henry Hill of Frisco and Jim Parrish of McKinney will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented in a time of rapid growth in an economic downturn. A 3:20 p.m. panel discussion will return to the intersection of governmental and environmental issues with a discussion of the Trinity River Common Vision Program by Jack Tidwell of the North Central Texas Council on Governments and Rebecca Rasor, managing director of the Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project.
The final event will be a 4:30 p.m. roundtable discussion designed for Austin College students considering careers in public policy and administration. The panel will feature E. A. Hoppe, assistant to the city manager in Richardson; Russell Bryce, of Standard & Poors; Matt Yager, a budget analyst in Plano; and Justin Epker, a political consultant in Dallas.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.