ARLINGTON - Richard Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, is the speaker at the 2009 President's Convocation for Academic Excellence at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive, on The University of Texas at Arlington campus.
The event is in its 14th year, having started in 1995-96 as part of UT Arlington's Centennial Observance. It is the highlight of Academic Excellence Week, which recognizes students and faculty who exemplify exceptional academic achievement.
Fisher serves as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve's principal monetary policymaking group. He will be restricted from speaking about the economy Thursday, however, because Federal Reserve board of directors is scheduled to meet next week. Fisher is expected to focus on higher education issues in his speech to students, faculty and staff.
Past convocation speakers have included Stephen Carter, a Yale law professor and author; Roland Fryer, a UT Arlington alumnus, Harvard professor and author; and Jim Wilkinson, a UT Arlington alumnus who served as former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's chief of staff.
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