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Rick Stephens to Deliver Marshall Lecture at Sul Ross State University April 28 @ 6pm

Rick Stephens to Deliver Marshall Lecture at Sul Ross State University April 28 @ 6pm

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Retired Boeing executive and business leader Rick Stephens will deliver the annual Mary Thomas Marshall Lecture Thursday, April 28 at Sul Ross State University.


Stephens will address his views of Alpine’s economic future at 6 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium. There is no admission charge and the public is invited. A reception will follow the lecture.


Stephens established residence in Alpine, home of his wife, Elane Neu Scott, in 2011. He retired from The Boeing Company after a 33-year career, serving the last eight years as the Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, reporting to the Chairman, President, and CEO.


During his career he led large complex businesses including Tactical Missiles, Space Shuttle and Homeland Security. He led businesses in California, Georgia, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Australia and has done business in many international locations.


He supported three U.S. Cabinet secretaries, served on the U.S. President’s Council for Tribal Colleges, has testified before Congress on education and future workforce, and has given many presentations to organizations such as APGGCU, AAU, NAE, AIA, Aviation Week, ASEE, Decade of the Mind, and at a number of colleges and universities around the country and overseas. He has published numerous articles, including in the National Academy of Engineering Bridge, and Science Magazine, and he and Elane V. Scott wrote and published, “The System: Igniting the Soul of Commerce.”


On retirement, he made a conscious decision to serve only on non-profit boards, serve the community and support his wife’s organization, Birth2work. He is on the boards of directors of America’s Promise, Digital Promise, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.


Stephens received his B.S. degree in mathematics (1974) from the University of Southern California, where he was the Boeing executive focal, and his M.S. degree (1984) in computer science from California State University, Fullerton. He is a former Marine Corps officer.


An enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, Stephens served as tribal chairman from 1988 to 1989. The Pala Band of Mission Indians have a reservation of over 12,000 acres in North San Diego County, California.


He and his wife, between them, have six children and 10 grandchildren and well understand the important role that parents and community members have in setting expectations of personal accountability and values from the time children are born until they enter the workforce. They work together as partners in the not-for-profit organization Birth2Work.


The Sul Ross State University Lecture Series was renamed in 1985 to honor Mary Thomas Marshall, a good friend of the university. On Feb. 21, 1992, the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System approved renaming the Main Auditorium of Sul Ross to the Marshall Auditorium, in recognition of her many contributions to the university.


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