Pompeo In Houston US Energy Dominance Good For The World

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaCERAWeek host Daniel Yergin, left, discusses energy and foreign politics with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Hilton-Americas in Houston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.center_img U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States’ growing energy dominance helps its geopolitical goals.Speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on Tuesday, Pompeo said the United States is not just exporting energy, but also its commercial values.“Our model matters now, frankly, more than ever in an era of great power rivalry and competition where some nations are using their energy for malign ends and not to promote prosperity in the way we do here in the West,” Pompeo said.He singled out several countries, including China, Russia and Iran, which he called “bad actors.”Pompeo called on both American and foreign companies to work with the U.S. government to help more countries get their oil and gas from the United States.In a report released Monday, the International Energy Agency forecasts the United States will become a net oil exporter in the next few years and even challenge Saudi Arabia for the top exporting spot. X 00:00 /00:47last_img read more

The New Face of Coppin

first_imgDr. Maria ThompsonFresh-faced and energetic, Dr. Maria Thompson smiled at the ballooning crowd of staff and faculty members crammed inside Coppin State University’s meeting hall to greet her on May 22. Immediately, she expressed her excitement. “I want to thank all of you for the well-wishes,” she said. “Many came from people I do not know.”Dr. Thompson, 53, begins her tenure as the university’s first female president on July 1. She has spent the past four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta, but in a phone interview with the AFRO, Dr. Thompson said it was her undergraduate experience at Tennessee State University that drew her to Coppin.“The fact that I am a product of a similar institution – an urban HBCU – Tennessee State University,” she said, “not only am I a product, I’m a legacy product because my parents went to Tennessee State University, my grandmother attended Tennessee State University, I have a niece now – my brother’s child – who is attending Tennessee State University, so I just know from a firsthand experience the transformational power of an urban public HBCU.”At the Coppin meet-and-greet, Dr. Thompson did not take questions from staff and faculty. In the AFRO phone interview, she explained that she “listens more than she talks,” and she will hear from campus leaders and the chancellor before developing specific strategies to tackle the university’s struggles with declining enrollment and low graduation rates.“The fact that the institution has been around for so long speaks to the foundational strength of Coppin State University despite the fact that there may be some challenges that have to be faced,” she said. “An institution can’t exist since 1900 and not have some innate strength. So whatever those strengths are and whatever the aspirations and dreams of the students and faculty are, those are the things we are going to build on.”Dr. Thompson is credited with restructuring SUNY Oneonta’s academic affairs office and executing a plan at Tennessee State that increased externally funded projects to more than $45 million through grants and contracts. She spent 13 years leading research and sponsored programs at TSU.She said her work at both universities helped her develop a balanced leadership style because she gained experience working internally with faculty and students and externally with university stakeholders.The college administrator completed leadership programs led by Harvard, the American Council on Education, and the American Academic Leadership Institute. In addition to her baccalaureate degree from TSU, she earned a master’s from The Ohio State University and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee in textile science and textile economics.When asked about recent police brutality protests in Coppin’s backyard last month, Dr. Thompson said “focusing on an excellent educational experience for individuals is the only way to make any kind of lasting change . . . because ultimately education transforms individuals, individuals transform families, families transform communities, communities transform cities, and cities transform nations.”Dr. Thompson will replace interim president Dr. Mortimer H. Neufville, who was appointed to a two-year term by the USM Board of Regents in 2013 following the faculty vote-of-no-confidence and resignation of former president Dr. Reginald S. Avery.“For many, Coppin is a second chance, but I want Coppin to be a first chance institution,” Dr. Neufville said at the Coppin event after thanking the administration for support. He urged the Coppin community to extend that support to Dr. Thompson.Faculty and staff members who attended the meet-and-greet appeared optimistic about the school’s new leader. “The insurgence of a young female president may be what we need to move forward,” said Gillian Hallmen, Coppin’s assistant registrar. “It’s a very challenging time because of our enrollment rates coupled with graduation rates that have been steadily declining, but I think her presence will have a metamorphosis on critical issues here.”Dr. Nicholas Eugene, a math professor, called Dr. Thompson “young and hungry.”“When you have young persons, they have something to prove so they can move on to the next job, and to me that is important when compared to the past two presidents,” he explained. “To move the university forward, you need someone who can accomplish things . . . we don’t need someone to manage, we need someone to make a cultural change.”On May 15 and 16, Coppin graduated roughly 600 students and spring classes have ended, but Coppin senior Grace Kelly Anoma was eager to return to campus and meet the new president.“I’m really excited,” Kelly said. “She is coming in with fresh eyes. She is vibrant. So, I’m really behind her. And I believe she is the first female president. Yes, girl power! Instagram was blowing up when we heard about that.”Mr. Coppin winner Brandon Jacobs was equally supportive, saying Dr. Thompson’s credentials speak for themselves.The newly-minted leader says for now, her immediate focus is relocating and immersing herself in the Baltimore community, including finding a place to practice her hobbies. “I love yoga, gardening, cooking, and singing,” she said.She again stressed her enthusiasm about leading Coppin. “It doesn’t seem like a job,” she said. “It’s going to be joy.”last_img read more