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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Implications of the Lt. Governor's Commission
on Higher Education & Economic Growth

January 10, 2005
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session will examine the economic and policy implications of the Lt. Governor's Commission Report on Higher Education & Economic Growth. The Commission's report, released on December 15, 2004, has been called "A Road Map for Fundamental Change, Stronger Economic Future" for Michigan. Fellows will receive a briefing on the report and its recommendations, discuss its policy and budget implications, and review the process used by the Governor's office to produce policy documents that examine the state's future growth and development. Mr. John Austin served as the Commission's Policy Director.

Session A Resource Person:

Mr. John C. Austin (EPFP 1991-92)
Senior Project Manager
Public Policy Associates
119 Pere Marquette Drive
Lansing, MI 48912
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John Austin is a Senior Policy Advisor with Public Policy Associates (PPA) and an elected member of the Michigan State Board of Education. Mr. Austin has over 20 years of experience in public policy development and management. He is a nationally recognized leader in economic development, education, and community revitalization. Recently, Mr. Austin coauthored the influential report Revitalizing Michigan Cities with Michigan Future, Inc. and has spearheaded efforts of Michigan's new Department of Labor and Economic Development to reshape Michigan's economic, workforce, and urban development agenda. Mr. Austin advises city and state governments, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, national foundations, corporations, and labor organizations on a wide variety of issues.

Prior to joining PPA, Austin earned a reputation as an innovator and bridge builder as president of the Flint Roundtable, a multisector CEO leadership organization in Genesee County focused on regional education reform, where he developed nationally recognized education programs. In addition Mr. Austin has served as a special assistant to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and as a senior advisor to the Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs.

Austin is a published author on education, workforce development, urban and community revitalization, and public policy reform. He received his master's in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor's from Swarthmore College in economics and political science, Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Austin was also an Education Policy Fellow for the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL).

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