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Mission Statement

The University of Houston’s Board of Visitors 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. Board of Visitors members represent a broad array of expertise, interests and connections and serve as ambassadors and strategic partners for the University.

To find out more about the Board of Visitors and other volunteer opportunities at the University of Houston please contact our volunteer office at bov@uh.edu or call 713-743-9116.

Steve Stephens (’80)

Steve Stephens (’80)

Chair, Board of Visitors
Chief Executive Officer
Amegy Corporation

Victor Barcot (’95, M.B.A. ’97)

Victor Barcot (’95, M.B.A. ’97)

Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey

Jeffery Beauchamp (’69, M.S.M.E. ’73)

Jeffery Beauchamp (’69, M.S.M.E. ’73)

Entrepreneur and Private Investor

Jeffery Beauchamp (’69, M.S.M.E. ’73)

Maury Blackman (’92)

President and Chief Executive Officer
Premise Data

Robert Boblitt, Jr. (F.S. '81)

Robert Boblitt, Jr. (F.S. '81)

President and Chief Operations Officer Silver Eagle Distributors

J. Downey Bridgwater (’84)

J. Downey Bridgwater (’84)

President, Houston Market Comerica Bank

John Butler, Jr.

John Butler, Jr.

Chairman
J.R. Butler & Co.

Kim Clarke (’81)

Kim Clarke (’81)

Vice Chair, Student Success Task Force
Chief Human Resource Officer
Kirby Corporation

Judy Cook (J.D. ’89)

Judy Cook (J.D. ’89)

Vice President and Secretary
Mark and Judith Cook Foundation

Marcus Cosby

Marcus Cosby

Senior Pastor
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Anette Edens

Anette Edens (M.B.A. ’77, M.Ed. ’89, Ph.D. ’94)

President/Psychologist
Cornerstone Recovery

Aggie Foster (’78, M.B.A. ‘86)

Aggie Foster (’78, M.B.A. ‘86)

Community Volunteer and Arts Patron

Lily Chen Foster (M.A. ’92)

Lily Chen Foster (M.A. ’92)

Retired Actress

Lance Funston (’67)

Lance Funston (’67)

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Core Care America and Ultimark Products, LLC

Lance Funston (’67)

Jo Furr (M.Ed. ’95)

Retired Educator and Community Volunteer

Bernard Harris, Jr. (’78, M.B.A. ’99 UHCL)

Bernard Harris, Jr. (’78, M.B.A. ’99 UHCL)

Chief Executive Officer
National Math + Science Initiative

Chaille Winston Hawkins

Chaille Winston Hawkins

Director
The Winston Charitable Foundation

Chaille Winston Hawkins

Elvin Hayes (’85)

President
King’s Valet and Rossi, USA

Chaille Winston Hawkins

Craig Jones

Vice Chair, Power Athletics Task Force
President and Chief Executive Officer
Long Lake Ltd., Woodmere Development Co.

Walter Jones (’65)

Walter Jones (’65)

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
WestStar Mortgage Inc.

Kathryn Ketelsen

Kathryn Ketelsen

Co-Founder and Chair
Project GRAD

John King (’92)

John King (’92)

America’s Vice Chair – Assurance Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Robert Kneppler (’85)

Robert Kneppler (’85)

Chair, Student Success Task Force
Managing Director
Marsh Wortham, a division of Marsh USA, Inc.

Aylwin Lewis (’76, M.B.A. ’90)

Aylwin Lewis (’76, M.B.A. ’90)

Chair, Third Ward Economic Empowerment Task Force
Former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Potbelly Corporation

Glenn Lilie (Honorary Doctorate Degree ’16)

Glenn Lilie (Honorary Doctorate Degree ’16)

Chief Executive Officer
G. Terrell Ventures Inc.

Glenn Lilie (Honorary Doctorate Degree ’16)

Wayne Luckett (’74)

President and Chief Executive Officer
Branwar Wine Distributing Co.

Nick Massad, Jr. (’73)

Nick Massad, Jr. (’73)

President and Chief Executive Officer
American Liberty Hospitality, Inc.

Jerad McMayon (’00)

Jerad McMayon (’00)

Co-Founder and Partner
OFS Energy Fund

David McMenamin (’74)

David McMenamin (’74)

Managing Partner
Carson Wealth

David McMenamin (’74)

Sonny Messiah-Jiles (’74)

President
Defender Media Group

David McMenamin (’74)

Laura Murillo (’89, M.Ed. ’98, Ed.D. ’03)

President and Chief Executive Officer
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Judy Nyquist

Judy Nyquist

Chair, Public Art Task Force
Community Volunteer and Arts Patron

Marvin Odum, III (M.B.A. ’95)

Marvin Odum, III (M.B.A. ’95)

Chief Executive Officer
816 Group

Pamela Chambers O’Rourke (’95)

Pamela Chambers O’Rourke (’95)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Icon Information Consultants LP

Jack Pogge (’75)

Jack Pogge (’75)

Former President, Chief Operating Officer and Director CSG Systems International, Inc.

Ricky Raven (’83, J.D. ‘86)

Ricky Raven (’83, J.D. ‘86)

Partner
Reed Smith LLP

Maria Rios (FS ’88)

Maria Rios (FS ’88)

Owner and President
Nation Waste Inc.

Lillie Robertson

Lillie Robertson

Philanthropist

Samuel Schreiber (’74)

Samuel Schreiber (’74)

President
Chain Bridge Bank

Samuel Schreiber (’74)

Helen Shaffer

Vice Chair, Third Ward Schools Task Force
Community Volunteer and Arts Patron
Former Director of Religious Education
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

Samuel Schreiber (’74)

Stephanie Sherrodd

President and Chief Executive Officer
TDECU

Samuel Schreiber (’74)

Gregory Shoemaker (’79)

Chair, Power Athletics Task Force
Global Head of Supply Chain
Hewlett Packard Inc.

Samuel Schreiber (’74)

Michele Verma, Ph.D.

Chair, Third Ward Schools Task Force
Community Volunteer and Chair
Alley Theatre Education Community Engagement

Bruce Williamson (M.B.A. ’95)

Bruce Williamson (M.B.A. ’95)

Executive Chairman
Southcross Energy Partners

Judy Bozeman (’70)

Judy Bozeman (’70)

Chairman and President
UH College of Business Foundation

Brent Chinn (FS ’82)

Brent Chinn (FS ’82)

Immediate Past President
UH Alumni Association Foundation

Drue DaSilva (’93, M.S. ’99)

Drue DaSilva (’93, M.S. ’99)

President Elect
UH Alumni Association Foundation

Les Haulbrook

Les Haulbrook

President
Houston Cougar Foundation

Raúl Ramos

Raúl Ramos

President
UH Faculty Senate

Laurie Rutherford (’86, M.B.A. ’91, M.S. ’04)

Laurie Rutherford (’86, M.B.A. ’91, M.S. ’04)

President
UH Alumni Association Foundation

Michael Sachs (’97)

Michael Sachs (’97)

Treasurer
UH Alumni Association Foundation

Lisa Shumate (M.B.A. ’17)

Lisa Shumate (M.B.A. ’17)

Associate Vice President and General Manager
Houston Public Media

Barrett Sides

Barrett Sides

Director
Houston Public Media Foundation

Vissett Sun (’93, O.D. ’95)

Vissett Sun (’93, O.D. ’95)

Past President and Board Member Foundation for Education and Research in Vision, Inc.

Richard Whiteley (’93, J.D. ’99)

Richard Whiteley (’93, J.D. ’99)

Board Member
UH Law Foundation

Alvin Zimmerman (’64, J.D. ’67)

Alvin Zimmerman (’64, J.D. ’67)

Chair
UH Foundation

DON BACIGALUPI (’83)
Founding President, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

FRED S. COUPLES (FS ’80)
President, Couples Bates Golf Design Group

RICHARD "RACEHORSE" HAYNES (J.D. ’56)
Attorney, Richard Haynes & Associates PC

ERIC M. HILTON (HONORARY DOCTORATE ’85)
Former Vice Chairman, Hilton Hotels Corporation

THE HONORABLE WILLIAM P. HOBBY (HONORARY DOCTORATE ’97)
37th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Hobby Communications

REVEREND WILLIAM LAWSON (HONORARY DOCTORATE '93)
Pastor Emeritus, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

CARL LEWIS (FS '82)
President and CEO, Carl Lewis Entertainment Group

JOHN T. MCNABB II
Founding Chair, Board of Visitors
Chairman, Corporate Finance, Growth Capital Partners LP

DARYL WILKERSON (FS ’80)
Vice President, Support Services, University of Chicago Medicine

BOARD OF VISITORS TASK FORCES

College of Medicine

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

CHAIR: TBD

Objectives

  • Serve as community ambassadors for the UH College of Medicine by communicating the beneficial impacts the College of Medicine will have on the population of the greater Houston area, Texas and the beyond.
  • Assist with relationship building by opening doors and making introductions to potential donors, business and civic leaders, and community partners, both regionally and nationally.
  • Support and advise development of the college in areas such as community relations, alumni engagement, community health and healthcare needs.
  • Foster partnerships between the UH College of Medicine and federally qualified health centers by initiating relationships with key players in the changing health-care environment.

Power Athletics

POWER ATHLETICS

CHAIR: GREGORY SHOEMAKER (’79), VICE CHAIR: CRAIG JONES

OBJECTIVES

  • Support and promote the University of Houston Department of Athletics mission – Building Champions for Life – by engaging with the student-athlete experience at UH.
  • Energize the UH fan base and the City of Houston to maximize revenues that can be re-invested ensuring sustained success by helping fill athletic venues.
  • Allow student-athletes to develop and compete on the national level by supporting the development and maintenance of state-of-the-art athletic facilities.
  • Ensure that UH students, student-athletes and constituents are part of a Tier One, nationally relevant athletics program by attracting and retaining top athletic leadership.
  • Create an enduring legacy for alumni and fans through multiple generations by continuing to build and enhance athletic traditions.

Student Success

STUDENT SUCCESS

CHAIR: ROBERT KNEPPLER (’85), VICE CHAIR: KIM CLARKE (’81)

OBJECTIVES

  • Partner with Career Services to review and expand external contacts for student opportunities, identify industry gaps for connections, and participate in professional volunteer training opportunities.
  • Explore opportunities to support student recruitment efforts by leveraging contacts in Houston and other markets.
  • Support the continued growth of the Scarlet Seals of Excellence, a program in which students demonstrate learning outside the classroom in preparation for post-graduation opportunities.

Third Ward Economic Empowerment

THIRD WARD ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

CHAIR: AYLWIN LEWIS (’76, M.B.A. ’90)

OBJECTIVES

  • Encourage the creation of partnerships between UH and the community by supporting existing programs and providing expertise on future needs.
  • Provide insight into developing and growing programing, in partnership with the C.T. Bauer College of Business, through small-to-medium sized business incubation programs such as the SURE™ program and The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • Illuminate the strengths of Third Ward businesses for increased business activity between the UH business community and Third Ward enterprises.

Third Ward Schools

THIRD WARD SCHOOLS

CHAIR: MICHELE VERMA, VICE CHAIR: HELEN SHAFFER

OBJECTIVES

  • Create a lasting relationship between the UH community and the Third Ward community through outreach and service-learning that results in increased student success and college and career readiness.
  • Develop partnerships between the University, the University of Houston Colleges, and the Third Ward community to support the identified needs of Third Ward Schools.
  • Promote impactful collaborations between the University, the University of Houston College of Education, and the Third Ward Community to support, effect, and communicate progressive change in Third Ward Schools.

Third Ward Schools

PUBLIC ART

CHAIR: JUDY NYQUIST

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide insight into developing and reviewing strategic partnerships and prospects to support the Public Art program and its funding priorities.
  • Foster and strengthen engagement opportunities for visitors and the community to tour the collection, exhibitions and explore the System’s collection.
  • Support strategic programs and events related to the upcoming 50th Anniversary milestone in 2019.
  • Advocate for the Public Art program, both locally and nationally, bringing awareness to the collection and its exhibitions.
  • Identify opportunities to introduce the new Director to key stakeholders in order to foster the development and growth of the Systemwide Public Art program.