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UH Board of Visitors

The University of Houston’s Board of Visitors (BoV) is a leadership group of private sector opinion leaders and University advocates that serves to advance the University of Houston and improve the University’s image in Houston and throughout the region. BoV members represent a broad array of expertise, interests and connections.

The BoV Third Ward Schools Task Force and Economic Empowerment Task Forces are comprised of BoV members and advisors from the UH family and Houston community with an interest in fostering the positive impacts of education and economic activity in the Third Ward community. The Third Ward Schools Task Force partners with the Third Ward Initiative and the UH College of Education in their goal to collaborate with HISD leadership and the community to improve the academic performance and rankings of six Third Ward schools in the Yates attendance zone: Blackshear, Foster, Hartsfield and Thompson Elementary Schools; Cullen Middle School; and Yates Senior High School. Additionally, the Third Ward Economic Empowerment Task Force will partner with existing organizations such as UH’s SURE (Stimulating Urban Revitalization through Entrepreneurship) Program at the C.T. Bauer College of Business and Project Row Houses.

The Board of Visitors launched the Third Ward Schools Task Force in 2016 and the Third Ward Economic Empowerment Task Force in 2018 support this important Presidential Initiative.

The Board of Visitors

Third Ward Schools Task Force

Chair

  • Wayne Luckett (’74), President and CEO, Branwar Wine Distributing Co.

Members

  • Anna Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
  • Jeffery Beauchamp (’69, M.S. ’73), Entrepreneur and Private Investor
  • John Cater, Former Chairman, Compass Bank - Houston
  • Brent Chinn (FS ’82), President Elect, University of Houston Alumni Association Foundation
  • Judy Cook (J.D. ’89), Vice President and Secretary, Mark and Judith Cook Foundation
  • Cheryl Creuzot (’81, J.D. ’92, L.L.M. ’99, M.B.A. ’12), President and CEO, Wealth Development Strategies & Chair, Board of Visitors
  • Jo Furr (M.Ed. ’95), Retired Educator and Community Volunteer
  • Robert Kneppler (’85), Managing Director, Wortham Insurance
  • Sonny Messiah-Jiles (’74), CEO, Defender Media Group
  • Lillie Robertson, Philanthropist
  • Laurie Rutherford (’86, M.B.A. ’91, M.S. ’04), Treasurer, University of Houston Alumni Association Foundation
  • Helen Shaffer, Community Volunteer and Arts Patron, Former Director of Religious Education, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
  • Lisa Shumate (M.B.A. ’17), Associate Vice President & General Manager, Houston Public Media
  • Dheeraj Verma, Managing Director, Quantum Energy Partners

Task Force Advisors

  • Jevaughn Sterling, Senior Vice President, Amegy Bank
  • Michele Verma, Adjunct Instructor, India Studies

UH Subject-Matter Experts

  • Elwyn Lee, Vice President, Neighborhood & Strategic Initiatives
  • Anne McClellan (M.Ed. ’87, Ed.D. ’96), College of Education, Executive Director for Growth and Innovation and Research Professor
  • Robert McPherson (Ph.D. ’87), Dean, College of Education and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Chair
  • Jonathan Schwartz, College of Education, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Clinical Professor

Third Ward Economic Empowerment Task Force

Chair

  • Earl Cummings (’91), CEO and Chairman, the BTS Team

Members

  • Jeffery Beauchamp (’69, M.S. ’73), Entrepreneur and Private Investor
  • John Clarke (’82), Senior Vice President, Integrity Bank
  • Cheryl Creuzot (’81, J.D. ’92, L.L.M. ’99, M.B.A. ’12), President and CEO, Wealth Development Strategies, Chair, Board of Visitors
  • Michael Linn, President and CEO, MCL Ventures LLC
  • Jerad McMayon (’00), Co-Founder and Partner, OFS Energy Fund
  • Judy Nyquist, Community Volunteer and Arts Patron
  • Maria Rios (FS ’88), Owner and President, Nation Waste Inc.
  • Sonny Messiah-Jiles (’74), CEO, Defender Media Group

UH Subject-Matter Experts

  • Elwyn Lee, Vice President, Neighborhood & Strategic Initiatives

University Advancement Liaison

  • Brenda Gausch, Manager of Volunteer Programs
    bgausch@uh.edu
    713-743-9116