Colorado state treasurer shares insights

Colorado State Treasurer Bill Owens (LBJ Class of '75) addressed a crowd of students, faculty, and staff in Bass Lecture Hall on March 23. Owens, who is a candidate for governor of Colorado, is the first LBJ School graduate to achieve statewide elective office.

Owens' lecture was entitled "The LBJ School and Public Policy: Lessons Learned" and was the second in the LBJ School's new Eminent Speaker Program.

During his address, Owens described what he gained from his LBJ School education and the ways in which he hopes that the LBJ School can become even more successful. Owens said that his coursework on budgeting and financial management has served him well as he oversees the investment of more than $3 billion as Colorado state treasurer. He noted the excellence of the LBJ School's faculty and the contributions that former professors made to his education.

Owens also remarked that he was the only Republican in his class and urged the LBJ School to encourage diversity of opinion and political viewpoints among the faculty and student body.

After his address, Owens answered questions on a range of policy issues.


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13 May 98

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