The Wilson Center Hosts "A Civil Conversation"

March 19, 2014

posterHampden-Sydney's Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest will host, on Thursday, March 20, "A Civil Conversation on Policy and Politics."  Participants include Congressman Robert Hurt '91, Virginia Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones '86, Dr. Eugene Hickok '72, and Attorney Charles Payne '88, and will be moderated by Dr. David Marion, Elliott Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs at H-SC.

Robert Hurt represents Virginia's 5th District in the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over all aspects of the nation's financial and housing sectors. The Committee plays an important role in our economy. Hurt received a BA from Hampden-Sydney College in 1991 and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1995. 

Maurice Jones was tapped by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to be his Secretary of Commerce in 2014. Jones left the Virginian-Pilot in early 2012 to become Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  He previously served as president of Pilot Media and was director of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.  A 1986 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Jones also attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Eugene W. Hickok was the United States Under Secretary of Education and Acting Deputy Secretary. In this role he served as one of the principal advisers to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. Prior to this appointment, Hickok was Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education.  A powerful advocate for parental choice and accountability in education, he helped implement a sweeping education-reform agenda including locally designed charter public schools; stronger reading, literacy, and library programs; and a model education technology initiative. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 1972 and received an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.

Charles "Charlie" W. Payne, Jr. is with the firm Hirschler Fleischer, Attorneys at Law, in Fredericksburg. His practice areas include corporate and general business law, public-private partnerships, and federal and state government relations. He is a former General Counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration and was founder and principal of The Payne Group, a federal government consultant. He received a BA from H-SC in 1988 and a JD from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

This event begins at 7:30 PM in Crawley Forum on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College.  It is free and open to the community.