SHERMAN, TEXAS--Austin College will host its annual Public Administration Symposium Thursday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wright Campus Center. This year’s symposium, “Texas Got It Right? An Investigation into the Benefits and Drawbacks of a Low-Tax and Light-Regulation Political Economy,” will examine economic and energy policies in Texas. The event is open to the public at no charge, but reservations are required by Tuesday, October 22, for the luncheon keynote address. Call Wanda Hardy at 903.813.2271 for reservations.
The theme and title for this event come from the recent book Texas Got It Right! by Sam and Andrew Wyly, according to symposium organizer Nathan Bigelow, Austin College associate professor of political science. The annual symposium is sponsored by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and Austin College’s Student Assembly, Pre-Law Society, Student Life program, and Political Science Department.
The symposium will include the 11 a.m. panel “Economic Policy in Texas,” the 1:45 panel “Energy Policy in Texas,” and the12:20 p.m. luncheon keynote address, “Texas Got a Lot Right: But There’s More to the Story,” by Carlton Schwab, president and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council. Panels will be held in Wright Campus Center, Room 231, with the luncheon in Wright Campus Center’s Mabee Hall.
Following a brief welcome from Austin College Pre-Law Society president Nicanor Arias ’15, the 11 a.m. panel will be moderated by Melanie Fox, Austin College’s Jack B. Morris Professor of Economic Policy and associate professor of economics. Panelists will include Stuart Greenfield, who has worked for three comptrollers of public accounts and Texas state agencies, and Bill Warren ’74, CEO of Reflect, an in-store digital media company, and founder of Warren Properties and Pointe Land and Development, investment management and venture capital firms.
Keynote speaker Carlton Schwab ’81 has served as president and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council since February 1999. Prior to his tenure at the TEDC, Schwab was director of development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously was a director with Deloitte Touche in Austin and Chicago, specializing in corporate site location analysis and economic development strategic planning. He served as vice president of the Lubbock Board of City Development from 1986 to 1989. He began his career in Austin in legislative analyst positions at the Texas State Treasury, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and the Texas Senate. A graduate of Austin College, he earned a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Following the keynote address, the 1:45 p.m. panel in Wright Campus Center 231 will be moderated by Daniel Nuckols, Austin College John T. Jones Chair of Economics and associate professor of economics and business administration. Panelists will be Adam Haynes, a partner in the Cross Oak Group, a strategic public affairs firm specializing in direct legislative lobbying, state-agency relations, and coalition building, who has more than 20 years of experience working on local, state, and federal issues for elected officials, the oil and gas industry, and trade associations; and Anthony Swift, an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he works with NRDC’s international program on energy issues.
Stuart Greenfield holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas. He has worked for three comptrollers of public accounts and other Texas state agencies. Since retiring from the state in 2000, Greenfield has taught economics at Austin Community College and the University of Maryland - University College. He has also worked on various projects that interest him, including researching the aging of the public sector workforce and its implications, and analyzing the fiscal condition of Texas.
Adam Haynes ’88 is a partner in the Cross Oak Group, a strategic public affairs firm specializing in direct legislative lobbying, state-agency relations and coalition building. He brings more than 20 years of experience working on local, state, and federal issues, for elected officials, the oil and gas industry and trade associations for the benefit of Cross Oak clients. Most recently, Haynes served as a Senior Director for Chesapeake Energy where he opened the company’s Austin office and led the company’s legislative, regulatory, and corporate development work in Texas. Adam began his career in Washington DC working for Congressman Ralph Hall focusing on natural resources and environmental policies. He continued his career working for Congressman J.J. Pickle while completing his Masters of Public Affairs at the LBJ School. Haynes worked for Speaker James E ‘Pete’ Laney and Chairman of Senate Finance Teel Bivins, focusing on energy, natural resources, environmental, tax, and budget polices. Prior to joining Chesapeake, Haynes led the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association for more than five years.
Anthony Swift ’03 is an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he works with NRDC’s international program on energy issues. Anthony has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB), the Nebraska Senate, and the National Academy of Sciences. Anthony has appeared on CBS, CNN, PBS, NBC, NPR, and Marketplace Radio and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Associated Press. Prior to working at NRDC, Anthony worked as a policy analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation where he worked on alternative fuels, efficiency standards and the National Environmental Policy Act review process. He has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Biology and Political Science from Austin College. He blogs on NRDC’s Switchboard, Huffington Post Green. and Grist.
Bill Warren serves as Chief Executive Officer on Reflect, an in-store digital media company. Mr. Warren also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Reflect Systems, Inc. He previously held senior level leadership positions at Accenture. In addition to his role at Reflect, Warren founded and leads Warren Properties, Ltd and Pointe Land and Development, investment management and venture capital firms. Throughout his career, he has been influential in the successful foundation and development of several companies within a number of industries, such as media and communications, real estate development, film and theater, and consumer fulfillment. Warren serves on the board of directors for several businesses, as well as academic and community organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and political science from Austin College and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Melanie Fox, Austin College Jack B. Morris Professor of Economic Policy and associate professor of economics, holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Houston and a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Texas. Her research interests are in the pedagogy of economics, health aspects of economic development, and the economics of grief and bereavement.
Daniel Nuckols, Austin College John T. Jones Chair of Economics and associate professor of economics and business administration, teaches environmental economics, economic history, law & economics, public finance, intermediate microeconomics, and history of economic thought. His research interests pertain to the intersection of literature & economics, and the political economics of Texas organic food production.
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.