UT Dallas Hosts Leadership Forum for Black Public Administrators


UT Dallas hosted the 10th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 25, for about 350 attendees from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), a Washington, D.C.-based organization.

This year was the first time the event has been held outside the D.C. area, said Dr. Calvin Jamison, vice president for administration at UT Dallas, NFBPA board member and event co-chair.

“NFBPA has a tradition of honoring those who have outstanding accomplishments in public service,” said Jamison. “UT Dallas was proud to host this national event and to help celebrate the many achievements of our distinguished award recipients. Individuals from all over the country experienced Texas and UT Dallas hospitality.”

Honorees included Ron Kirk, former mayor of Dallas and former U.S. trade representative; Texas Rep. Helen Giddings; U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson; and William Euille, mayor of Alexandria, Va. Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, received the NFBPA’s first Leadership Trailblazer Award.

Erma Johnson Hadley, chancellor of the Tarrant County College District, and Ronald Jones, former mayor of Garland, received statewide leadership awards.

NFBPA was founded in 1983 to strengthen and increase the number of African-American executives in public service organizations and to mentor young administrators for senior management positions. The organization has 38 chapters in 36 states.

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