Austin Mayor Wynn visits Plan II Freshman Tutorial
Posted: May 2, 2007
About Community and Place:
Community and Place is a tutorial course for freshman in the Plan II Honors Program taught by Professor Lee Walker. The class was divided into six "quadrads": place, transit, healthcare, housing, education, and justice.
Students learned about each quadrad through readings, guest speakers, field trips, discussion, and debate. The purpose of this class was to motivate students to become civic entrepreneurs and to spark a passion for public service.
Prominent guest speakers included Mayor of Austin Will Wynn, former Texas Health Commissioner Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, and Garza High School Principal Vicki Baldwin. Memorable field trips included a tour of the city of Austin, a trip to People's Community Clinic, and even a tour of Mayor Will Wynn's "green building" apartment complex.
The class culminated during "Presentation Day" when all students presented viewpoints on various topics such as tort reform, segregation in schools, and ecological sustainability to policymakers and professionals.
E. Lee Walker was an adjunct faculty member in UT's Graduate School of Business, where he was named Outstanding Professor three times for his course "Elements of Entrepreneurship". He taught a freshman course "Community and Place" in the Plan II program. He was President of Dell Computer Corporation from 1986-1990 and was a member of the board of directors of Mobil Telecommunications Technologies, Continuum Corporation, and Skytel.
Presently he serves as Chairman of the Board of Pavilion Technologies. Active in community affairs, Professor Walker has served as Chairman of Westcave Preserve since 1983 and is currently Chairman of Capital Metro (1997-present). He is a founding board member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and served as Chairman 2003-2005. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Texas AandM and his MBA degree from Harvard.