January 17, 2013

Carla Hills, Former Cabinet Member And Chief NAFTA Negotiator, To Speak At The Bush School

Carla A. Hills, who served as United States Trade Representative from 1989-1993 under President George H.W. Bush, will speak at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University on Jan. 28. Ambassador Hills will discuss being the president’s principal advisor on international trade policy, as well as the nation’s chief trade negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement, now in operation for 20 years. Part of the ConocoPhillips White House Lecture Series, the event will be held in the Presidential Library Orientation Theater at the Bush Library, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Carla Hills

Carla Hills

While on campus, Ambassador Hills will receive the Good Governance Award presented by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy. The award recognizes exemplary public service and raises the visibility of advanced analysis in policymaking. The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service was founded in 2009 to produce policy-oriented research in trade, energy and good governance.

Hills led the U.S. negotiations in the Uruguay round of multilateral trade talks, concluded NAFTA and entered into a large number of trade and investment agreements with countries all around the world. Earlier, Hills served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Ford Administration (the third woman to hold a cabinet position). She also served as assistant attorney general, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

Over the past 25 years, Hills has served on a number of corporate boards of directors, including J.P. Morgan Chase and Rolls Royce. She is also actively involved with a number of charitable organizations, serving as co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue, chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and member of the board of the International Crisis Group, among others. She currently serves as a member of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

The lecture series was established by an endowment from ConocoPhillips of Houston to highlight the workings of various offices of the White House and executive branch and to provide a better understanding of the governmental process, the President and his people.

The event is open to the public. To reserve a seat, contact the Mosbacher Institute at Mosbacher@bushschool.tamu.edu or by phone at (979) 845-1927.

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Media contact: Tom Hughes, News & Information Services, at (979) 862-4001

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