A Message from the President


We are living in dynamic times.  The electoral and demographic landscape of Texas looks even more different and diverse than it did a hundred years ago in 1922.  Global events have led to private and public sector leaders facing challenges never seen by their predecessors.  But the convergence of these circumstances also present new opportunities.  The Texas Lyceum is well-positioned to play a pivotal role in leading our great state in this new environment.  

Our Texas Lyceum Directors and Alumni are influential leaders who serve their communities and collaborate on the solutions and innovations that will take the state through this decade.  We work together to foster greater connectivity and keep a focus on the future of Texas. 

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The Texas Lyceum Instates First Woman of Color President Sarah Jackson and 2022 Class of Directors

The Texas Lyceum will make history during its annual investiture ceremony on Friday, January 14. For the first time since its establishment in 1980, the organization will swear in a woman of color to lead the statewide nonprofit organization as its new president:  Dallas Citizens Council’s Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs, Sarah Jackson. This week’s annual ceremony will also welcome 16 new directors from across Texas.

Outgoing president Castlen Kennedy, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Apache Corporation, will move into the role of chair of the Lyceum’s 96-member board of directors. Reda Hicks, Vice President of Business Development at Burford Capital LLC and founder of GotSpot, Inc., will serve as president-elect and lead the organization in 2023.

“I am proud to lead The Texas Lyceum in a celebration of our legacy and the state’s increasing diversity that will allow for various forums to promote discussions on the most significant issues impacting Texas and civil discourse,” said Jackson. “Together with our directors and alumni, I’m confident we will ensure our organization has the right infrastructure in place to serve today's Texas, especially in such a transformative election year.” 

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Register now for the January 2022 Conference: The New Border: Commerce, Culture and Confluence






Borders create culture and commerce. Thanks to its history as a borderland, Texas is rich in both. The identity of modern Texas, in fact, traces its roots back to the first meetings of Texas natives and Franciscan missionaries, which first occurred in the Paso del Norte region as early as 1659. And even before the arrival of the first Spanish settlers, the region's location at the near geographic center of the continent made it a natural trans-continental trading hub. Today, supply chains reaching across the entire world converge in the El Paso-Juarez region and companies like Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX (albeit at a different point along the Texas-Mexico border) are making the Texas border a launching pad to New Frontiers as well. And with a total population of 6 MM people living along the Texas-Mexico border, the macro-region is increasingly one of the most important demographic constituencies in the state, even as it often struggles to attract resources proportional to its population size and economic impact.

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