This Week in Texas: October 30, 2013

Posted October 30, 2013 in The Mignon Memo

Early voting continues through Friday, November 1st. Next week, we will report the results of the November 5th general election.

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Dan Wilmot of Big Spring as director of the Office of State-Federal Relations (OSFR). The director acts as a liaison between the state and the federal government, helps coordinate state and federal programs, and informs the governor and Legislature of federal programs that may be carried out in the state or that affect state programs. Wilmot has more than 20 years experience in state and federal government, starting his career as a congressional staffer and most recently serving as director of the Washington, D.C. office of OSFR.

The Texas Association of Community Colleges announced the creation of a new Texas Success Center, which is designed to provide statewide coordination to the state’s various approaches to student success programs at Texas colleges.  The new center will be supported by $2.4 million provided by the state’s 50 community colleges, the Kresge Foundation, the Houston Endowment, the Greater Texas Foundation, the Meadows Foundation and TG, a nonprofit corporation that provides financial planning support to Texas students.  The focus of center will be on areas such as workforce and skills alignment, college readiness and transfer and articulation agreements.