Energy Financier T. Boone Pickens to Enliven Debate at The University of Texas at Austin, April 18

Dallas-based investor and energy advocate T. Boone Pickens is coming to The University of Texas at Austin for what promises to be a lively discussion on leadership, his investment philosophy and viable energy solutions in the McCombs School of Business VIP Distinguished Speaker Series, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 18 at Hogg Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

Pickens introduced "The Pickens Plan" in July 2008, a proposal to reinvent U.S. energy resources by promoting oil alternatives such as natural gas, wind power and solar energy. He has publicly called for a comprehensive energy plan for America that incorporates alternative energy solutions, and President Barack Obama recently endorsed Pickens' proposal to convert heavy-duty trucks to run on natural gas.

The VIP speaker series is a student-run initiative drawing chief executive officers, entrepreneurs and other influential executive speakers to the university.

"Pickens is a popular speaker at colleges across America," says Eva Agoulnik of the Undergraduate Business Council. "He's a bold straight-talker, and he's right in the middle of energy and investment, which are hot topics these days among faculty and students. We're excited to welcome him to Austin."