Dual-degree LBJ School/Texas Law student Annie Jones has been appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which oversees all public post-secondary education in the state.
Dr. Harrison Keller is Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to UT Austin, Dr. Keller served as director of research for the Texas House of Representatives and senior education policy analyst for the speaker of the Texas House. He is an appointed board member of the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board that oversees the state college savings plans, has worked with Texas state leaders to develop and pass major education budget and policy proposals, including the Texas Tuition Promise Fund 529 college savings plan and college readiness provisions of House Bill 3 (81st Legislature, Regular Session). Dr. Keller frequently works with policymakers, foundations, and national policy organizations on issues regarding public and higher education and is a state advisor to Lumina Foundation’s higher education productivity initiative. His research interests include education policy and finance, moral philosophy, and democratic deliberation. He has taught at Georgetown University, St. Edward’s University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Keller holds a bachelors degree in philosophy with honors from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He and his wife, Gena Nivens Keller, live in Austin with their children William, Elizabeth, and Emily.