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UT Tyler Names Laura Jackson Special Assistant to the President

August 11, 2010

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Laura JacksonLaura Jackson will serve as special assistant to the President for external affairs, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

Jackson will be responsible for all legislative affairs and serve as a university liaison to the external community.

“Laura will play a vital role in helping to make UT Tyler’s story known and truly appreciated. She will tell of our quality academic programs that produce outstanding graduates whose performance rank the University among the very best in the State. She will also speak of our direct service to the region and impact on the economic development of East Texas,” Mabry said.

She will respond to specific queries from legislators and provide important general information regarding governmental issues. She also will help the university be proactive in presenting its case for continued funding.

Jackson holds master of public administration and bachelor of science in political science degrees from Texas A&M University.

She has served as a field coordinator and legislative assistant in the office of then State Senator Todd Staples and was campaign manager for State Senator Robert Nichols and State Representative Mark Shelton.

Jackson also served as a political consultant to eight legislators, a Supreme Court justice and an attorney general.

She has been the principal consultant in the creation of statewide Forest Legacy Program application that is intended for nationwide implementation, advised a state agency on Sunset Legislation procedures and strategies, created a system to monitor state agency projects in order to ensure timely and satisfactory completion and prepared a statewide program brochure to highlight achievements of completed projects.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 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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