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LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Center for Politics and Governance and the Texas Exes Launches Hispanic Leadership Initiative

Event to feature University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

AUSTIN, TX, April 22, 2009 – The Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Texas Exes will launch a Hispanic Leadership Initiative on May 4, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Connally Ballroom. The Initiative will examine and promote the Hispanic population’s growing leadership across Texas and the nation.

The launch event will feature remarks by The University Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa followed by a panel discussion featuring: Henry Bonilla, former U.S. Congressman; Ted Cruz, former Texas Solicitor General; Pete Gallego, Texas State Representative, and Orlinda Naranjo, Travis County District Judge.

“The Center’s home is at the flagship University of a state that has produced three of the nine last presidents and a disproportionate number of Congressional leaders and is rapidly moving toward being majority Hispanic. Thus, the Center is uniquely positioned to have a practical effect on the role of Hispanic Americans in the political institutions of our state and nation,” said CPG Director Veronica Vargas Stidvent.

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More on the Hispanic Leadership Initiative:

The Initiative will measure emerging and political trends in the Hispanic community, recognize Hispanic leadership, develop and host information relevant to the Hispanic community and increase recruitment of Hispanic students to the University and the LBJ School. The Initiative has five main objectives to be achieved over a three-year period: to highlight Hispanic leadership and the emerging role of Hispanic Americans in influencing public policy; to recognize outstanding achievement in leadership by Hispanic alumni, to provide mentoring and networking opportunities for Hispanic alumni and students; to introduce Hispanic undergraduate students to the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and to reconnect Hispanic alumni with the University on an annual basis.

More on Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D.

As chancellor of The University of Texas System, Cigarroa oversees one of the largest public systems of higher education in the nation, with nine universities and sixe health institutions, an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion, including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by state, local and private sources, and more than 194,000 students and 84,000 employees. Cigarroa also serves as vice chairman for policy on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO) A nationally renowned pediatric and transplant surgeon, Cigarroa served as president of the U.T. Health Science Center at San Antonio from 2000 until his appointment in January 2009 as chancellor.

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