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Karl Eschbach
Karl Eschbach

Governor names Eschbach state demographer

(April 29, 2008)--Gov. Rick Perry named Karl Eschbach of San Antonio as state demographer for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Eschbach will serve as director of the Texas State Data Center (the state demographer's office), housed at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The center distributes census information for the state, as well as Texas population estimates and projections, and information from federal, state and other government sources.

Eschbach is an associate professor in the UTSA Department of Demography and interim director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research. He is a past board member of the Texas Economic and Demographic Association and past caucus chair of the American Public Health Association.

"UTSA is proud to be the home of the Texas state demographer and I wish Karl continued success," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "By selecting Dr. Eschbach, the governor chose an outstanding professional and brilliant researcher and also has provided educational opportunities for graduate students in our applied demography doctoral degree program."

"This is a great honor and I look forward to serving the state of Texas and working with the extraordinary staff that has assembled at UTSA," said Eschbach, "Because the state is growing and in the midst of dramatic demographic transformation, I look forward to the opportunity to provide access to the highest quality information and analysis to business and civic leaders so they can respond to the implications of these changes."

"I am delighted that Governor Perry is recognizing Dr. Eschbach for his fine work, in appointing him as Texas state demographer," said State Senator Leticia Van de Putte. "This is great news for Karl, for UTSA and for all the people of Texas. San Antonio provides the state demographer a superb location for collecting data that is critical for forging good public policy. Because San Antonio is a predominantly Hispanic city, our demographic profile is reflective of the trends we are seeing in countless cities across America."

Eschbach is a member of the Population Association of America, Southwest Social Science Association and Gerontological Society of America. He also is a member and volunteer with the Galveston Historical Foundation. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree and doctorate in sociology from Harvard University, and a post-doctoral fellowship in demography from the University of Wisconsin. He replaces Steve Murdock of Helotes.

For more information, call the Office of the Governor at (512) 463-1826.

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