Tarleton hosts Texas agriculture commissioner

By: Sierra Wells

Managing Editor

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is scheduled to speak at Tarleton State University in O.A. Grant 118 at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13

“Sid Miller is the first of many high impact speakers, across the political spectrum, that we will seek to make available to students this year through our Town Hall program,” instructor of government and Town Hall Coordinator Dr. Bolek Kabala said. “This unique framework for the study of TX and Federal Government, emphasizing the importance of knowledge combined with application and engagement, has a track record of increasing learning and retention.”

Tarleton made flyers with information about Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s speaking event.
Photo courtesy of Tarleton State University

Originally from De Leon, Texas, Miller graduated from Tarleton with his bachelor of science in vocational agriculture education.

Miller has served as the 12th agriculture commissioner of Texas since 2015.

“He has risen from humble roots to become an effective Commissioner of Agriculture, fighting to deliver more cost-effective solutions in agriculture and related parts of the economy and to increase understanding of the unintended consequences of regulation on the lives of everyday Texans,” Kabala said.

Students at the event will learn about how public policy impacts their lives, opportunities they have relating to political science and much more.

“In addition to discussing the impacts of state and national policies on individual Texans and career opportunities in public service, Mr. Miller will speak directly to the benefits of pursuing a major in political science,” Kabala said. “These include better perspectives on business, networking advantages and internship opportunities and greater insights and effectiveness in any field.”

According to Kabala, Miller’s appearance at the university will bring attention to Tarleton’s Town Hall initiatives and events, as well as their commitment to advancing education.

“Sid Miller is a recognized and effective public servant at the local, state and national levels, and his availability to Tarleton undergraduates, faculty and administration illustrates the university’s commitment to high quality opportunities for all (both in and out of the classroom),” Kabala said. “It strengthens Tarleton’s reputation as delivering educational value that combines practical and theoretical insights.”

Members of the public are free to attend this event.

The Town Hall program plans to bring a variety of other speakers to Tarleton throughout the year. According to Kabala, Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg are potential speakers.

“We aim to continue program momentum through appearances by distinguished public servants and topic experts, who will help learners develop their own ideas about public policy and service and present those at our end of semester Nov. 1 event,” Kabala said. “It is hard to think of anyone more dynamic and effective to launch our speaker series than Tarleton graduate Sid Miller.”

For more information about this event, email GLSPAdmin@tarleton.edu or call 254-918-7609.

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