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Global Connections: Kirk Watson, Founding Dean of Hobby School of Public Affairs

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Friday, September 18, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

Global Connections is a business networking opportunity for our members and any career professionals in the Greater Houston area, who are interested in furthering their understanding of international events and issues as well as expanding their global connections.

Global Connections events are informal and emphasize discussion and dialogue in a community of like-minded career professionals. As a global city, Houston is the ideal location to develop international contacts and network with other professionals across the region.

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About The Speaker

Texas Sen. Kirk Watson has been named founding dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.

Watson said he was drawn to the job for the “extraordinary opportunity” to shape the study of public policy at a program focused on practical skills and data-driven research in a city well suited to be a living laboratory for addressing critical issues affecting the state.

“This is a chance to build a world-class public affairs and policy school essentially from the ground up,” Watson said. “It is transformative work at a creative and ambitious university, located in one of the country’s largest and most diverse cities.”

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Watson has been reelected four times and was chosen by his colleagues as president pro tempore for the 86th Legislative session in 2019.  Today Watson informed Gov. Greg Abbott that he will resign as Texas state senator for Senate District 14 effective midnight, April 30, 2020.