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University to Host McCartt Conference for Panhandle Public Officials

Oct. 2, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

University to Host McCartt Conference for Panhandle Public Officials

CANYON, Texas—Bennett Sandlin, executive director of the Texas Municipal League, will be the keynote speaker when West Texas A&M University hosts the Honorable Debra A. McCartt Conference in Public Service on Friday, Oct. 12 on the WTAMU campus.

Public servants and officials from across the Texas Panhandle are invited to participate in the one-day event. The conference is expected to be an annual event and is part of the University’s Honorable Debra A. McCartt Distinguished Professor of Public Service established in 2011 in the WTAMU College of Education and Social Sciences. McCartt served as an Amarillo city commissioner from 2001-2005 and as mayor from 2005-2011, and the professorship recognizes her leadership and commitment to excellence in public service and public administration. The conference is designed to bring together students, faculty, public service professionals, nonprofit organizations and policy makers to focus on innovative solutions to challenging issues facing today’s communities.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and Sandlin’s presentation at noon. Breakout sessions will run from 1:15-4 p.m. on topics ranging from using social media in municipal government to innovative community solutions. Guest speakers and moderators from Amarillo, Canadian, Canyon, Dumas and Midland will play an active role in the presentations.

“We want to guarantee good government can exist in the Texas Panhandle,” Dr. Dwight Vick, assistant professor of public administration, said. “Many public officials are nearing retirement, and cities are facing the reality of not having trained professionals to take those roles. This conference will allow us to bring experts to share their expertise and strengths as a conduit to competent, educated professionals.”

Cost of the conference is $25 per person and $15 for students. To R.S.V.P. for the conference, call the College of Education and Social Science at 806-651-3310. A conference agenda can be found at wtamu.edu/academics/mccartt-conference.aspx.



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