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March 2001

Release Date: March 20, 2001

Diaz Dennis to Speak as ASU’s 2001 Wells Fargo Lecturer

Patricia Diaz Dennis, the senior vice president for regulatory and public affairs at SBC Communications Inc. in San Antonio, will deliver the Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business at Angelo State University on Thursday, April 5.

Diaz Dennis, who is also a member of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center of the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. The lecture is open to the public free. A San Angelo Chamber of Commerce reception will follow the lecture in the Nasworthy Suite on the second floor of the University Center.

As SBC Communications’ senior vice president for regulatory and public affairs, Diaz Dennis is responsible for the national constituency and regulatory, legislative, governmental, external affairs and industry relations activities for SBC Telecom.

She has been appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to three federal government positions. President Reagan appointed her, and she served from 1986 until 1989, as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Before President Reagan appointed her to the FCC, he had named her a member of the National Labor Relations Board. President George Bush appointed her assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs.

She is a member of the California, Texas and District of Columbia bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Diaz Dennis serves on the boards of directors of MassMutual/The Blue Chip Co., Girl Scouts of the USA, Foundation for Women’s Resources, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She is a trustee for the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. She also sits on the National Council of La Raza Corporate Board of Advisors.

Former Texas Gov. George W. Bush named her to the Texas State University System Board of Regents in 1999.

Dr. Robert K. Hegglund, dean of business and professional studies at ASU, said Diaz Dennis brings to the lecture a wealth of experience both in business and in government. He said Diaz Dennis is a role model not just for women or minorities but also for anyone interested in a business career.

Among her numerous awards, Diaz Dennis has received the 2000 Bexar County Women’s Bar Association Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer Award, the 1999 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Corporate Executive of the Year Award, the 1999 UCLA Latino Alumni Association Alumna of the Year Award, the 1999 National Hispanic Employee Association Executive of the Year Award, the 1992 Houston YWCA Hispanic Woman of the Year Award and the 1989 Woman of the Year Award from the Hispanic Women’s Council. Hispanic Business Magazine named her to its “100 Influentials” List in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1996.

Born in Santa Rita, N.M., she holds a law degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She and her husband, Michael, are the parents of three children and live in San Antonio.

The Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business was established in 1995 to strengthen the relationship between the San Angelo business community and Angelo State University and to provide ASU students with exposure to well-known business leaders who can offer practical ideas and solutions to the management problems of today. Wells Fargo of San Angelo has committed to provide annual funding to the University for underwriting the lectureship.

Members of the Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business Coordinating Committee are Hegglund, chairman; James Cummings, president, Wells Fargo Bank, San Angelo; Dr. Tom Badgett, ASU Department of Business Administration; Pamela Brown, director, Small Business Development Center; Dr. Sudhir K. Chawla, Department of Business Administration; Preston Lewis, ASU News and Information Office; Dr. Norman Sunderman, ASU Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance; Dr. Sharynn M. Tomlin, Department of Business Administration; and Dr. J. Thomas Yokum Jr., Department of Business Administration. Student members are Leann Holbert, president, International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, and Paul Williams, president of Delta Mu Delta.

Past Wells Fargo lecturers have included Linda Alvarado, president, Alvarado Construction Inc. and limited partner, Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball Team; E.R. “Dick” Brooks, chairman and CEO, Central and South West Corp.; Drayton McLane, Jr., chairman, McLane Group, L.P., and Houston Astros Baseball Club, Astrodome USA; David Hirschfeld, chairman and CEO, Hirschfeld Steel Co., Inc.; and F.L. “Steve” Stephens, chairman and CEO, Town & Country Food Stores, Inc.; Richard M. Kovacevich, chairman and CEO Norwest Corp.; Robert T. Herres, chairman and CEO, USAA.