The University of Texas at El Paso and UTEP’s College of Business Administration will host a lecture by Richard W. Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the Undergraduate Learning Center, room 128. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Fisher’s talk, titled “An Economic and Monetary Policy outlook,” is part of UTEP’s Centennial Lecture Series.
Fisher assumed his current position on April 4, 2005. In this role, he serves as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s principal monetary policymaking group.
He is former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Fisher began his career in 1975 at the private bank of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he specialized in fixed income and foreign exchange markets. He then became assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury during the Carter administration, working on issues related to the dollar crisis of 1978-79. He then returned to Brown Brothers to found their Texas operations in Dallas.
In 1987, Fisher created Fisher Capital Management and a separate funds-management firm, Fisher Ewing Partners. In 1997, he sold his controlling interests in both firms when he rejoined the government.
From 1997 to 2001, he was deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador. There he oversaw the implementation of NAFTA and various agreements with Chile, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Vietnam. He was a senior member of the team that negotiated the bilateral accords for China's and Taiwan's accession to the World Trade Organization.
Fisher has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He has also maintained his academic interests, teaching graduate courses and serving on several university boards.
As a first-generation American who spent his formative years in Mexico, Fisher is equally fluent in Spanish and English. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy (1967-69), graduated with honors from Harvard University in economics (1971), read Latin American politics at Oxford (1972-73), and received an M.B.A. from Stanford University (1975).
In 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1914 as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. The Centennial Lecture Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact our society, culture and lives in the years ahead.