U. T. Dallas’ Leadership Speaker Series
To Feature Best-Selling Author Jim Collins

RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 27, 2006) – Best-selling author and lecturer Jim Collins will deliver an address and participate in a “CEO discussion” on creating great companies on Tuesday, April 4. The breakfast event is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, and is part of the 2005-06 Excellence in Leadership Speakers Series sponsored by The Leadership Center at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

At the event, Collins also will discuss his current research, which looks at whether the principles that apply to creating a great company will also work in the social services sector.

Along with his address, Collins will participate in a discussion with a panel of prominent local non-profit and business leaders including Joel Allison, president and CEO, Baylor Healthcare; Fred Bronstein, president and CEO, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Dr. David Daniel, president of UTD; Tom Falk, chairman, CEO and president, Kimberly Clark; and Jim Keyes, former CEO, 7-Eleven Corporation.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Collins is a student of how good companies can become great companies. He has written four books on the topic, including the classic Built to Last and the New York Times best-seller Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. Mr. Collins works in Boulder, Colorado, from a management research laboratory he founded after seven years as a faculty member at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

The event is free for UTD students, and transportation will be provided from the campus to the Eisemann Center. For others, individual tickets are $90 and include a light breakfast.  Ticket prices for members of non-profit organizations and the military are $60, and there is a 10 per cent discount for tickets purchased in groups of 10 or more.

The Excellence in Leadership Speakers Series features prominent leaders, scholars, government officials, business executives and others who share their experiences with UTD students, faculty, staff and others from the Dallas community. The 2005-06 lecture series is being sponsored by a $200,000 grant from Wachovia Bank.

The Leadership Center at UTD is part of the university’s School of Management.

For ticket information for the April 4 event, visit http://som.utdallas.edu/leadership.

About the UTD School of Management

Based on publications in the top 22 business journals spanning all areas of business, The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management faculty ranks 37 th in research productivity nationwide. Financial Times, using a broader set of 40 journals, ranks UTD’s management faculty 32 nd worldwide. Financial Times also ranks The UTD Executive MBA program 46 th in the world and 25 th in the US, and U.S. News and World Report ranks the school’s Cohort MBA program among the top 35 at public colleges and universities in the nation. The School of Management is the largest of UTD’s seven schools, with an enrollment of nearly 4,700, of which 2,500 are graduate students.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.