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Collin J. Cox of Houston to serve as 2013 Lyceum President/Roberta Levy Schwartz to serve as 2013 President-Elect
(AUSTIN) Officials with the Texas Lyceum, the state’s pre-eminent non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization, will swear in Houston attorney Collin J. Cox as the 2013 President of the Texas Lyceum on Friday, January 25th in the House of Representatives Chamber of the Texas Capitol. In addition, 29 new Lyceum Directors have been selected (see list below) to join the organization aimed at identifying the next generation of Texas leaders. Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Boyd will administer the oath, and former U.S. Ambassador Tom Schieffer will give remarks.
Cox, 38, a partner with the Houston-based business litigation firm Yetter Coleman LLP, grew up in Waco. He received his law degree from Duke University, summa cum laude, in 2001; a Master’s degree in history from the University of Cambridge, first class honors, in 1999; and a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1997, where he graduated magna cum laude.
In 2012, Cox won the Woodrow B. Seals Award as the Outstanding Young Attorney of Houston and has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumnus of Baylor University. He is a Vice Chair of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and his family is active in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
Cox leads the Texas Lyceum into the association’s 33rd year with an outstanding line-up of dynamic public policy conferences to be held across the state -- in Waco, Austin, Marfa, and Dallas, with a special meeting in Mexico City. The Lyceum’s 27th public conference, in Austin, will focus on Texas transportation and infrastructure. The Lyceum also will conduct its annual statewide nonpartisan poll and award leadership scholarships to graduating Texas high school seniors.
“This Lyceum year is all about connections -- how our 96 Directors connect to each other, and to Texas,” said Cox. “Our volunteer leaders have put together another terrific series of meetings, and I look forward to learning at each of them, from Baylor University to the Capitol, from the Big Bend area to downtown Dallas. We are committed to giving our Directors the information they need to make a difference to the future of Texas.”
The Texas Lyceum also announced that Roberta Levy Schwartz of Houston, the Executive Vice President of Methodist Hospital, was named President-Elect for 2013. Schwartz received her undergraduate at Barnard College at Columbia University and her MHS from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Healthcare Management from the University Of Texas School Of Public Health.
The Texas Lyceum has named the following outstanding Texans to serve as Directors in the 2013 incoming class:
Houston: Michele Boettiger, NICU Level III RN, Texas Children’s Hospital; Lesley Briones, VP and General Counsel, Laura and John Arnold Foundation; Kim David, SVP of Finance and CFO at Baylor College of Medicine; Kala Marathi, Houston Angel Network; Nic Phillips, Entrepreneur/Founder, Culture Map/wattsOn Power; Sanjay Ram, Vice President, CP&Y
Dallas/Fort Worth: Joel Burns, City Councilman, City of Fort Worth; Tracey Davies, Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Merrill Davis, Senior VP, Public Strategies/Hill & Knowlton; George Tang, COO Educate Texas at Communities Foundation of Texas
Austin: Jed Buie, Buie & Co.; Erica Grieder, Senior Editor, Texas Monthly;
Katherine Jones, Principal and Founder, Milkshake Media; Brad Knippa, Attorney/CPA, Jackson Walker; Royce Poinsett, Government Relations Attorney, BakerBotts LLP; Eddie Rodriguez, State Representative, Dist. 51; Jake Silverstein, Editor-in-Chief, Texas Monthly; Megan Woodburn, President, Strategic Association Management
Hill Country: Brad Morrison, Boerne, Entrepreneur, Innové
San Antonio/South Texas: J Carnes, Uvalde, Owner, Carnes Farms/City of Uvalde Mayor; Lisa Prieto, McAllen, Chief of Staff, The University of Texas-Pan American; Renée Flores, San Antonio, Regional Vice President of External Affairs, AT&T; Aaron Seaman, San Antonio, Director of Business Development, SWBC
Corpus Christi: Emily Martinez, Vice President, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Dev. Corp.
El Paso: Eric Pearson, President, El Paso Community Foundation; Laura Ponce, Executive Director, Project BRAVO
North Texas: Dave Lilley, Wichita Falls, CEO, Trinity Hughes Construction
West Texas: William Ware, Amarillo, Senior Vice President, Amarillo National Bank
Washington D.C.: Randall Kempner, Executive Director, Aspen Institute
About the Texas Lyceum The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org.
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