Texas Tribune to Host Symposium on Higher Education at Baylor University’s Baylor Club in Waco on Nov. 16

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    Old Main on the Baylor University campus (Matthew Minard/Baylor Marketing & Communications)
Nov. 6, 2015

Event includes conversation with Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith and President Starr

Texas Tribune Contact: Natalie Choate, 512-716-8640
Baylor Contact: Lori Fogleman, 254-710-6275

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2015) – The Texas Tribune, in partnership with Baylor University, will host a free, open-to-the-public, daylong Symposium on Higher Education from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baylor Club in Waco.

Whether it’s rising tuition costs, campus carry or veterans’ education benefits, higher education issues continue to generate passionate debate in Texas. Texans must find a way to balance varying interests on these and several other issues in the future.

Symposium discussion topics will include higher education issues and the 84th legislative session, access, affordability and demographics change; the quest for higher education excellence; and how to solve the persistent problem of low completion rates.

In addition to the panels, the event will feature a conversation with Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s CEO and editor-in-chief, and Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr.

Each discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The conversation will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/texastribune/events/4465983, and the video will be available for viewing afterward. For media RSVP, contact Natalie Choate at nchoate@texastribune.org. General registration is open at texastribune.org/events.

WHAT: Texas Tribune Symposium on Higher Education


    Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s CEO and editor-in-chief

    State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury

    Edward Burger, president of Southwestern University

    Lisa Fielder, founder and CEO of College Forward

    Paul Foster, chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents

    State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, vice chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee

    Woody Hunt, chairman of the Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

    Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System

    Elaine Mendoza, vice chairwoman of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents

    Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso

    Raymund Paredes, Texas higher education commissioner

    Bill Powers, former president of the University of Texas at Austin

    Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College

    Wynn Rosser, CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation

    State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee

    Ken Starr, president and chancellor of Baylor University

    Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio

    Sara Martinez Tucker, regent of the University of Texas System and ex-CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

WHERE: The Baylor Club inside the McLane Stadium, 1001 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Waco, TX 76704. Free parking will be available directly outside the venue.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16. Doors open at 8 a.m. Conversation begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

CONTACT: The Texas Tribune – Natalie Choate (512-716-8640 or nchoate@texastribune.org)

This event is generously sponsored by Baylor University, Educate Texas, Texas A&M University, Greater Texas Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Hatton Sumners Foundation, Texas State Technical College and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune Events.

Media support is provided by KWBU-FM, KWTX-TV, The Baylor Lariat and The Waco Tribune-Herald.

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more at texastribune.org.

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