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USAID official to speak at UNI economics symposium

February 13, 2003

Lois Lindell, assistant director, UNI Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI alumnus, Adolfo Franco Jr., U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, is the keynote speaker for the University of Northern Iowa's Economics Department's 19th annual Jepson Symposium, Tuesday, Feb. 18.

USAID is the government agency that administers economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

Born in Cardenas, Cuba, Franco and his family moved to Cedar Falls in 1965. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Northern Iowa. His law degree is from Creighton University School of Law. Franco is one of the highest-ranking Hispanic-Americans in the Bush administration.

The Jepson Symposium is funded by the Lawrence M. Jepson endowment to support activities in international economics. The symposium is by invitation only.