Social Security Conference Planned for Feb. 18 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 2, 2005 — The Center for Economic and Business Research at Southeast Missouri State University, in conjunction with the Department of Economics and Finance and the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, is sponsoring a conference Feb. 18 on Social Security. 

The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.  The conference is open to the public and is free.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be William DeBardelaben, regional communications director for the Atlanta region of the Social Security Administration.  The title of his presentation is “Social Security Today…An Overview.”

DeBardelaben is responsible for advancing the agency’s public information and public education efforts for the eight state region that includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky.  A native of Birmingham, Ala., DeBardelaben has worked for the Social Security Administration in various leadership positions since 1981.  As Regional Communication Director, DeBardelaben and his staff seek to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of the Social Security program and its value to the American family.

DeBardelaben holds a master’s degree in urban studies from Alabama A&M University.  In addition to membership in numerous civic and professional organizations, DeBardelaben is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

In addition to the keynote speaker, a panel will discuss “Can Privatization Work?”  Members of the panel include Kenneth Pemberton, investment counselor with Edward Jones,  Ian Breunig, recent graduate in economics from Southeast, Dr. Michael Devaney, professor of finance at Southeast, and Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, panel moderator and director of the Center for Economic and Business Research.