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SHERIFF NEUSTROM TO VISIT WITH THAILAND’S PRIME MINISTER
Monday, October 21, 2002
Sheriff Michael W. Neustrom will attend the Sam Houston Humanitarian Award Dinner, October 23, 2002 where his former classmate, Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand will receive Sam Houston State University’s highest honor. Sheriff Neustrom and Prime Minister Thaksin were classmates at Sam Houston State while pursuing their doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice. Prime Minister Thaksin is currently finishing up the second year of his six-year term as Prime Minister of Thailand. Sheriff Neustrom notes the common paths both men have taken since completing their advanced academic studies in the late 1970’s. “Thaksin excelled in quantitative methods and was always the one who led the study sessions on advanced statistical methods. Thaksin would help the group with statistics and we would help him understand our system of justice. After graduation, he went into business in Thailand and I returned to Lafayette and started teaching at USL. Twenty-five years later we’re both involved in government. I can’t wait to compare notes with him over some Texas barbeque.”