PORTLAND — Richard Sims, chief economist at the National Education Association, will speak Thursday evening at the University of New England on the future of education in the United States.

Sims has been policy director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C.; director of applied economic research at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia; chief economist and director of taxation and economic policy for the Arkansas Legislature; and director of the Office of Economic Analysis for the Kentucky Legislature. He also served two years as the senior adviser to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

Sims has taught and written widely on taxation, economic growth, regional development and applied public finance.

Sims will speak at 6 p.m. in the Health Professions Lecture Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will be held at 5 p.m.