The Lone Star State has an impressive number of Ombuds offices and professional groups. As Ombuds gather in Houston next week for their annual conference, it seems appropriate to acknowledge these programs.
There are nearly two dozen formal Organizational Ombuds programs in Texas, including:
- Affiliated Computer Services;
- Baylor University;
- Chevron Corporation;
- Dell Inc.;
- Eaton Corporation;
- Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve;
- Houston Community College;
- Marathon Oil Company;
- MD Anderson Cancer Center;
- Shell Oil Company;
- South Texas College;
- Texas A&M;
- Texas Department of Public Safety;
- Texas Southern University;
- Texas Tech University;
- Texas Woman's University;
- University of Houston;
- University of North Texas;
- University of Texas, Austin; and
- University of Texas Medical Branch.
In addition, Southern Methodist University (which doesn't have an Ombuds Office itself) offers a course on the subject. The Corporate Ombudsman Roundtable meets annually for two days of conversation about practice issues. The Ombuds of Texas is a multi-disciplinary group that holds regular meetings and runs a mentoring program. Last, but certainly not least, the Texas legislature has been considering an Ombuds shield law for the past few sessions.