Austin The Texas High School will nominate Reda M. Hicks as president, and also on Thursday will swear in 16 new principals at the Texas Capitol.
The Texas Lyceum is a non-partisan, non-profit leadership organization that helps identify future leaders throughout Texas and provides a forum for civic discussion of issues facing the state. The investment by Hicks and the new directors will kick-start the Lyceum’s annual public action.
The conference, which will be held from Thursday to Saturday, will be dedicated to the “lyceum view of the elections.”
Houston-based Hicks is the director of Nexus Consulting, where she provides legal, managerial, and operational insights for commercial and nonprofit organizations as they solve organizational problems and create new programs. She is also the CEO of technology company GotSpot, Inc.
Hicks was born and raised in Odessa, but grew up professionally and civics in Houston.
She is a tireless advocate for military families in Texas and across the country and will be the first military wife to serve as president of the Texas Lyceum. Hicks will be sworn in as president of the Texas Lyceum by Chief Justice of Texas Nathan Hecht.
“I am honored to lead the Texas Lyceum as we work to develop thoughtful, civic dialogue in our diverse state,” Hicks said. “I am grateful for the support of my fellow directors and look forward to meeting our new directors as we kick off this year’s open conference. Civil,
constructive discussion of the issues that Texans face is incredibly important, and I’m proud to be part of an organization that fosters this kind of conversation and provides a forum for the diverse population of Texas to grow as leaders.”
Outgoing President Sarah Jackson, vice president of strategy and communications for the Dallas Citizens’ Council, will become chairman of the Lyceum’s board of directors. Molly Quirk, director of state and local government at Ardurr, will become president-elect and lead the organization in 2024.
Also on Thursday, 16 new principals will be sworn in to lead the Texas Lyceum for the coming year. Over the next year, high school directors will gather for conferences on the women of Texas, preparation for hypergrowth, arts and culture in the modern West, and the plight of military families in Texas.
“We have a great group of new directors and they are going to make an immediate contribution to our conversations and our programs,” Hicks said. “These are really important conversations about Texas and its future.”
The Lyceum View of the Elections, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, is the only lyceum conference of the year that will be open to members of the public. Panels will discuss the state’s changing demographics, the election mapping process, the role of the media and the role of the judiciary in elections, among other topics. Also at the public conference, the organization will publish the results of its latest nationwide survey.
In addition to hosting conferences and publishing its survey, the Texas High School partners with institutions of higher learning to offer a nationwide scholarship program that promotes research-based solutions at the highest levels of state government. For over 40 years, the Texas Lyceum has focused on bringing together diverse voices and experiences to highlight the constructive responses of the private sector, the public sector, and individuals to the challenges facing the state and nation. For more information, visit www.texaslyceum.org.
2023 Texas Lyceum Graduates: Matt Barr, Houston, Vice President of State Government Affairs and Public Affairs, Cheniere Energy; Kathleen Burrell, Lubbock, Prater Ranch, Ranch Owner/Operator; Sewell Chan, Austin, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune; Casey Christman, Kingwood, Executive Director of the Houston Contractors Association; Elizabeth Fazio Hale, Texarkana, CEO/CEO, Gulf Coast Authority; Marina Gavito, San Antonio, CEO of SA Digital Connects; Bryce Kennard, Houston, External Relations Manager, Comcast NBCUniversal; Nicole Kintop Smith, Dallas, Managing Attorney, Kintop Smith, PC; Regina Merson, Dallas, founder and CEO of Reina Cosmeticos LLC; Marina Monsiswe, El Paso, CEO of Barracuda Public Relations; Javier Paredes, San Antonio, Alta Architects; Daniel Rugoff, Dallas, senior director of motion programs, Starts With Us; David Parker, Fort Worth, Managing Director, North Texas, Longbow Partners; The Hon. Leah Robertson, Midland, Judge, 385th District Court; Jared Scruggs, Tombol, director of external relations, Fertitta Entertainment; and Shan Zaidi, Dallas, director of VF Partners.