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September 17, 2008

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UT Tyler Offers All Students Tickets to Vicente Fox Lecture at No Charge


All students attending public, private and higher education institutions are invited to hear the former president of Mexico at The University of Texas at Tyler, Susan Thomae-Morphew, UT Tyler Cowan Center director, announced.

“We are honored to host the former president of Mexico, and it’s a pleasure to make the lecture available to all students by providing each with a complimentary ticket,” Thomae-Morphew said.

Vicente Fox will be the featured speaker of the Drs. Lawrence L. Anderson and Svetislava J. Vukelja Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

Students can receive a complimentary ticket as part of a group or by presenting a current school ID.

Groups can reserve tickets by calling the Cowan Center box office, 903.566.7424. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The sponsor for post-lecture reception is Mills Bays Wealth Consulting Group of Wachovia Securities. Reception tickets may be purchased at the box office. Media sponsors are East Texas Radio Group, CBS 19 and Suddenlink.

Representing the National Action Party, Fox was elected the 62nd president of Mexico in July 2000 and served until 2006. The presidential election in 2000 was the first time in 70 years that the Revolutionary Institutional Party candidate was defeated, and it was the first presidential election since the end of the Mexican Revolution to be generally considered competitive and fair.

Fox was one of the few presidents of Mexico to avoid a major economic upheaval during his term in office. He left his successor without any currency devaluation or other financial trouble.

According to Banco de Mexico, inflation rates during Fox’s term went from 11 percent in January 2000 to 4.05 percent at the end of his term.

Originally from Mexico City, Fox joined Coca-Cola de Mexico in 1964 as a route supervisor after studying business management at Mexico City’s Ibero-American University. Ten years later he was named president of Coca-Cola de Mexico. He was to head the company’s entire Latin American division but declined because the promotion would require a move to Miami. This decision inspired him to leave the company and return to his family ranch in Guanajuato.

Nine years later, the National Action Party leaders tapped him to run for a seat in the lower house of the Mexican congress, which he won in 1988. Later he was elected governor of the state of Guanajuato.

He is the founding president of the Board of Patrons of the Amigo Daniel Orphanage, home to many children; president of the Loyola Board of Patrons, which promotes the Ibero-American University in León; and the Lux Institute, a school where thousands of Guanajuato students have graduated.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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