Richard W. Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will visit the Hilltop Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 to discuss the Texas economy, federal monetary policy and his own unusual life story.
Fisher became president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 2005. In this role, he serves as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s principal monetary policymaking group. He served as assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury during the Carter administration, working on issues related to the dollar crisis of 1978-79.
As deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador from 1997-2001, Fisher oversaw the implementation of NAFTA and various agreements with Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Chile and Singapore. He was also a senior member of the team that negotiated the bilateral accords for China’s and Taiwan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
A first-generation American, Fisher is fluent in Spanish and English, having spent his formative years in Mexico. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1967-69, graduated with honors from Harvard University in economics in 1971, and read Latin American politics at Oxford in 1972-73. He received his M.B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1975.
In 2006, Fisher received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly. In 2009, he was inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame.
A longtime friend of the University, Fisher has served on the Cox School Associate Board and the Tower Center Board of Directors, as well as the Dedman College Campaign Committee during The Campaign for SMU.