4/17/01

Bob Lowry

AUSTRIAN OFFICIAL TO BE LOWDER SPEAKER IN AU COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

AUBURN -- Klemens H. Fischer, a top-ranking Austrian representative at the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, will be the will be the Lowder Visiting Executive in the Auburn University College of Business on April 23-25.

Fischer, who holds the title of Minister Counselor at the Permanent Representation of Austria, works primarily on regional policy, the environment, culture, education while serving on the Committee of the Region.

During his three-day visit to AU, Fischer will speak to 10 classes in the College of Business most of them advanced courses in management..

Fischer is a lecturer at the Institute for Communication and Media at the Technical University of Berlin, the Institute for Political Science at Germany's University of Siegen and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In November 1997 he participated in the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program.

He studied law and industrial management at Kepler University in Linz, Austria, and earned his PhD in law in July 1989. Fischer has written a book entitled European Environmental Law and on Lobbying the European Union and has published several articles on European and International Law.

Fischer is a member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, the European Environmental Lawyers Association in Brussels and is a Correspondent for NATO, EU and EU for Europaische Sicherheit in Bonn, Germany.

The Robert and Charlotte Lowder Visiting Executive-in-Residence program provides students and faculty with an opportunity to interact with prominent executives for an open exchange of views on current issues and to gain insight into the business world.

The program is made possible through an endowment by Robert and Charlotte Lowder of Montgomery. Lowder, a 1954 graduate of the AU College of Business and a member of the AU Board of Trustees, is chief executive officer of Colonial BancGroup.

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