A Conversation with Michael Williams

  • 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
    The event begins promptly at 8 a.m.
  • The Austin Club
    110 E. Ninth St, Austin, TX 78701 (map)
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The Texas Tribune invites you to join us for coffee and conversation with Texas Education Commissioner Michael L. Williams.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Williams to lead the Texas Education Agency on Sept. 1, 2012. In that role he oversees the state's public education system, which includes approximately 5 million students enrolled in both traditional public schools and charter schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

After earning bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from the University of Southern California, Williams returned to his hometown of Midland, where he worked as an assistant district attorney. He later became a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Justice Department during the Reagan administration, earning the attorney general’s Special Achievement Award. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the civil rights division at the U.S. Department of Education. Following more than a decade on the Texas Railroad Commission, Williams ran for Congress in 2012.


Several times a month, The Texas Tribune hosts a series of conversations featuring prominent elected officials and other newsmakers at the historic Austin Club in downtown Austin. These in-depth discussions are moderated by the Tribune's CEO and editor-in-chief, Evan Smith. Coffee is served before the conversation begins, allowing time for our attendees to mingle. A question-and-answer session afterward offers a chance for the audience to interact with our honored guest.

This event is presented by Educate Texas and the American Heart Association, and this series of conversations is generously sponsored by AT&T, BP, Raise Your Hand Texas, Christus Health and the Texas Coalition of Dental Service Organizations. Special thanks to our promotional sponsor, Deborah Ingersoll of Legislative Solutions.

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Disclosure: though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite our events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.