EVENT: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush will receive the first University of Texas at Austin Latino Leadership Award for his public service and exemplary leadership.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, March 30
WHERE: Room 212, MAIN Building, The University of Texas at Austin,
110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, Texas 78712
President Bill Powers will present the award at this invitation-only reception for supporters of Latino issues and education at UT Austin.
Media are welcome to attend the reception.
BACKGROUND: Commissioner Bush earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. In 2014 he became the first Latino elected as the commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. As Texas land commissioner, Bush works to ensure Texas veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, oversees investments that earn billions of dollars for public education and manages state lands to produce the oil and gas that is helping make America energy-independent. Bush also watches over the Alamo and preserves historical archives at the General Land Office that date back to the Spanish Empire.
The award was established by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, housed in the College of Liberal Arts, to recognize the success of Latinos at the state, national and international levels. Future awards will be presented during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.