Published on April 8, 2010 by William Nunnelley  

Samford University’s Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education will present a workshop on “The Challenges of Environmental Sustainability in Alabama” Friday, April 16.

Robert K. Dawson, president of Dawson and Associates, Washington, D.C., and former associate director of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President under Ronald Reagan, will be the keynote speaker.  His topic will be “Government and the Environment: Lessons Learned from a Washington Career.”

Dawson also has served as assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, administrator of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and legislative aide to former Alabama representative Jack Edwards during a 38-year career in the nation’s capital.  

The program begins at 2:30 p.m. in Brooks Hall Auditorium.  The event is free but reservations are requested by calling (205) 726-2844.

Following Dawson’s talk, a panel of experts will discuss the workshop topic.  Panel members are Colin Coyne, moderator, president of The Coyne Group; David Frings, associate director, Samford Environmental Management Program; Bob Greene, professor of environmental law, Samford’s Cumberland School of Law; John Knapp, director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford; Danny Smith, Alagasco and the Freshwater Land Trust; Beth Stewart, executive director, Cahaba River Society; and Dawson.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.