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“In one sense you could say I’m semiretired or addicted to work. Whatever the case, I’m as busy as I’ve ever been, in my fifth career and going back to graduate school.
“I earned my undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from UT before we even had hand-held calculators, much less computers with Excel. I was CEO and chairman of the board of a company with 15,000 employees doing a billion and a half dollars in revenue.
“I also served as assistant secretary in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce during the first Reagan administration, from 1981 to 1985. I was responsible for all U.S. trade promotion, with offices in 65 countries and 120 foreign cities, with no e-mail. We waited for the morning telex reports! Now, at 60, I have my own financial services business and am working on another master’s degree in international economic policy at SMU.
“I started taking math and computer classes at Brookhaven College several years ago after I realized I wasn’t well prepared for the 21st century. The bottom line is that in today’s world, math knowledge and computer skills are of critical importance. Our schools are just not stressing those skills enough to prepare our young people to succeed. Math education at DCCCD is a great opportunity to join the 21st century.
“My experience at Brookhaven was fantastic. The Dallas County Community College District is one of the great untold stories in education. It provides an opportunity for learning at any age and at any stage in life. I’m just stunned by the number of women, minorities, former dropouts and old guys like me getting their degrees and improving their lives, and I’m so proud of Dallas for providing a quality education for 10 percent of the cost of a major university.”