Texas needs bold, inventive, clever, honest leadership. Our visionaries are often too insulated, unknown, or unconnected to the hubs of power, and the few who make it through the gauntlet are often transformed by a process that strips them of the luster that attracted us to them in the first place. We should establish a proactive means for drawing new, diverse leaders into the centers of influence, a “blue list” of sorts that brings together emerging leaders. Through the process of solving complex and urgent problems, these people can launch a new generation to advance the public interest.

García is the president of the University of Texas at Brownsville.

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