West Virginia Universitys Department of Political Science in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a prominent political scientist during the John R. Williams Lecture Thursday (April 19) at 2:30 p.m. in the Gluck Theater of the Mountainlair.

Kenneth J. Meier, who is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and a professor of political science at Texas A&M University, will present,Its Magic: The Realities of Public Education Reform.The event is free and open to the public.

Meier will speak on education policy, including programs, processes and managerial actions, which can improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students.

In addition to his duties as chair and professor, Meier also serves as the director of the Project on Equity, Representation and Governance and the Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment at Texas A&M. He is also a professor of public management at Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University in Wales.

He has won numerous awards and authored over 150 articles and book chapters and 20 books.

He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Meiers additional research interests include law enforcement, family planning, drug and alcohol abuse, agriculture, insurance regulation and several other policy areas.

The John R. Williams Lecture at WVU is made possible by a gift to the Department of Political Science by Thomas and Mrs. Jean Clark of Morgantown. John R. Williams joined the WVU faculty as assistant professor in 1949 and served as professor of political science for nearly four decades.

For more information, contact Joe Hagan, chair of the Department of Political Science, at Joe.Hagan@mail.wvu.edu .