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New conferences director named

Jane Hackley  

Jane Hackley has been named director of the LBJ School's Office of Conferences and Training. Hackley, who previously served as the office's assistant director, replaced Anneliese Geis, who resigned last spring.

Before coming to the LBJ School, Hackley worked for UT Austin's Thompson Conference Center. Other previous work experience includes handling public relations for Pacific Gas & Electric in the San Francisco Bay area; training clients in major U.S. cities to use a software package for an insurance rating company based in Oldwick, New Jersey; advising international students at El Centro Community College in Dallas; and 15 years teaching high school and college English.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Hackley grew up in Kentucky but has lived most of her adult life in Texas. She has lived abroad twice--in Villefranche-sur-mer, France, and Istanbul, Turkey.

Cox joins LBJ School
Diane Cox joined the LBJ School Business Office as financial analyst in July. In that capacity, she provides financial information and analyses to the assistant to the dean; School departments, centers, and chairs; and the LBJ Foundation.

  Diane Cox

From 1997 until her transfer to the LBJ School, Cox served as an accountant for the UT Austin General Libraries Fiscal Services Department. Before coming to Austin, she had lived in southern California, where she worked for many years at the California-American Water Company as the business manager for the company's Village District. She also served several terms as a board member of Soroptimist International of the Conejo, an international professional women's service organization.

Cox has a bachelor of science degree in management and human resources from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and a master of business administration degree in organizational behavior from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks.

Bunce accepts new UT post

Gail Bunce  

Long-time LBJ School employee Gail Bunce has resigned her job with the Office of Development and External Affairs and has accepted a new job as the office manager in the UT Austin Office of Relationship Management and University Events. The office coordinates such events as Longhorn Halloween, Orange Santa, Explore UT, and UT Cares.

During her tenure at the LBJ School, Bunce has held a number of positions. She was first hired as a member of the faculty support group in 1988, and from 1994 to 1999 she was part of the Dean's Office administrative support group. Her last LBJ School assignment was as a development associate in the Office of Development and External Affairs.

In 1991, during the LBJ School's 20th anniversary, Bunce became the first staff person to receive the annual LBJ Appreciation Award. That award was presented to her by Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and (then) Dean Max Sherman.

During a reception held in her honor on November 13, Bunce was praised by her supervisors. Joe Youngblood, who heads the Office of Development and External Affairs, listed some of Bunce's more lasting contributions--office systems she established to streamline the fundraising operation and a procedures manual designed to keep the systems in place after her departure.

"I want to emphasize that whatever success we have had in the fundraising program, it is not an exaggeration to say Gail was an integral part of that," Youngblood said. "I am proud to have worked with her."

Bunce is a native Austinite and has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from UT Austin. In addition to her full-time UT Austin job, she teaches software applications to evening students enrolled in the Austin Community College's Office Administration Division.

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December 7, 2001

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