Annual Roybal Lecture Series


CONTACT: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047


Los Angeles, California -- April 17, 1996 -- On Thursday, May 2, 1996, Dixon Arnett, Director of the California Department of Aging, will speak on " Aging and the Baby Boomers: Doing Better With Less" at California State University, Los Angeles' Edward R. Roybal Lecture Series on Applied Gerontology. The presentation is free to the public and is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology on the CSLA campus.

Dixon Arnett was appointed Director of the California Department of Aging by Governor Pete Wilson in September 1995. The Department of Aging is one of the 12 departments in California's Health and Welfare Agency. Its mission is to provide leadership in addressing issues related to the ever-growing number of aging Californians and to develop community-based systems of services throughout the state.

Arnett brings a wealth of experience in health care and social issues to the post of Director, by guiding a staff of 150 with an annual budget of $142 million. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the Medical Board of California overseeing all licensing enforcement and administrative functions of the board.

Previously, he formed his own health systems consulting business, which was instrumental in guiding the CHAMPUS Reform Initiative -- a program which provides managed care to military dependents and retirees. He also served as Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was Legislative Director for the United States Senator Pete Wilson.

In addition, he was a member of the California State Legislature representing the 20th Assembly District (southern San Mateo County), where he was Vice Chairman of the Education Committee. Just prior to that, he served as Director of Community Relations at Stanford University.

Arnett's civic activities include serving as Chairman of the Board of the Junior Statesmen Foundation, as an Executive Board member and President of the Stanford Alumni Association, and as a member of the California Economic Development Commission.

According to Dr. Manuel Miranda, the Endowed Chair in Gerontology, the Gerontology Lecture Series focuses on enhancing academic research and curriculum development within the University, as well as addressing the unique and growing needs of communities with large numbers of elderly and ethnically diverse seniors.

The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, near the interchange of the I-10 and I-710 Freeways. For more information or to RSVP to the lecture, please contact the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology at (323) 343-4724.

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