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October 2, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s John G. Tower Center for Political Studies has a new director and seven new board members.

The center, part of SMU’s Dedman College, supports teaching and research in international and domestic politics with an emphasis on global studies and national security policy. Founded in 1992, the center honors the late U.S. Senator John Tower, whose distinguished public service career provided important leadership on national security policy and international politics.

SMU Political Science Professor James Hollifield succeeds SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson as the new director of the center. Jillson is on sabbatical this academic year while finishing his new book, The Evolution of the American Dream. Next year he plans to return to teaching in the SMU Department of Political Science.

Hollifield is an expert on international relations and comparative governments and has written widely on immigration. He is the Arnold Professor of International Political Economy at SMU, and for the past five years has directed the International Studies program in Dedman College. He is the author and editor of 13 books, including his most recent The Emerging Migration State. Hollifield has co-authored with SMU Anthropology Chair Caroline Brettell, Migration Theory, and with Jillson, Pathways to Democracy. He is currently part of an interdisciplinary team of scholars studying immigration in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex under the auspices of a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant. Hollifield teaches courses in international and comparative political economy with a focus on Europe, and speaks French, Spanish and a little German.

The Tower Center’s seven new board members are Bob Estrada, chairman and CEO of Estrada Hinojosa & Company Inc., an investment banking firm; Alan Feld (SMU ‘60), partner with the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and a member of the SMU Board of Trustees; Joseph “Jody” Grant, Ph.D., (SMU ‘60), chairman of Texas Capital Bank and Chairman and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares; Mike Kammerer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder and chairman of the Independent Television Network; John Tolleson (SMU ‘68), CEO and owner of The Tolleson Group, a private investment company, and a member of the SMU Board of Trustees; Jane Wetzel (SMU ‘52), past president of the Texas Coalition for Juvenile Justice; and Cary Maguire, chairman, president and CEO of Maguire Oil Company.

William H. “Bill” Lively (SMU ‘65), president and CEO of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, is chair of the 31-member board.