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EPA administrator, former Arlington mayor joins UT Arlington

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Richard Greene, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency in North Texas and mayor of Arlington from 1987 until 1997, is joining The University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) as an adjunct professor Jan. 20. As the Dallas-based regional administrator Greene was responsible for the oversight of federal environmental programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Dr. Barbara Becker, dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, said Greene will help develop a focus on green infrastructure development and insight on the EPA and the role local communities play in dealing with environmental issues in addition to teaching.

"He brings a wealth of environmental experience as well as a unique knowledge of the local community," Becker said. "We are very excited about what he can bring to SUPA."

During his five terms as mayor, Greene led an aggressive road construction program endorsed by Arlington voters in several bond elections. When several cities offered incentives for the Texas Rangers Baseball club to leave Arlington, he developed a plan to build a new ballpark for the team, which Arlington voters endorsed in the largest voter turnout in history for a local election. During the recession in the early 1990s, General Motors put its Arlington plant on the potential closing list. Greene mobilized the local community, the Texas governor and the area's congressional delegation to assist in a campaign to convince General Motors' decision-makers to retool and continue to operate the Arlington plant.

In addition to serving as mayor from 1987 to 1997, Greene led North Texas' bid for the 2012 Olympics and became the first director of the Arlington Technology Incubator in 2002, initiating the project aimed at bringing researchers and entrepreneurs together. He also previously served as an adjunct in SUPA, which ranks as one of the best graduate schools of public affairs in the nation in the US News and World Report Graduate School Rankings.

Greene earned a bachelor of science in business degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and is a graduate of the School of Mortgage Banking at Northwestern University in Chicago.

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