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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.

CHERYL CREUZOT

CHERYL CREUZOT
(’81, J.D. ’92, L.L.M. ’99, M.B.A. ’12)

Chair, Board of Visitors
President and
Chief Executive Officer
Wealth Development Strategies

STEVE STEPHENS

STEVE STEPHENS (’80)

Vice Chair, Board of Visitors
Chief Executive Officer
Amegy Corporation

ANNA BABIN

ANNA BABIN

President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Greater Houston

VICTOR BARCOT

VICTOR BARCOT (’95, M.B.A. ’97)

Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey

JEFFERY BEAUCHAMP

JEFFERY BEAUCHAMP
(’69, M.S.E.M. ’73)

Entrepreneur and Private Investor

MAURY BLACKMAN

MAURY BLACKMAN (’92)

Chief Executive Officer
Premise Data

J. DOWNEY BRIDGWATER

J. DOWNEY BRIDGWATER (’84)

President, Houston Market
Comerica Bank

JOHN BUTLER JR.

JOHN BUTLER JR.

Chairman
J.R. Butler & Co.

KIM CLARKE

KIM CLARKE (’82)

Chief Human Resource Officer
Kirby Corporation

JUDY COOK

JUDY COOK ( J.D. ’89)

Vice President and Secretary
Mark and Judith Cook Foundation

REVEREND MARCUS COSBY

REVEREND MARCUS COSBY

Senior Pastor
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

EARL CUMMINGS

EARL CUMMINGS (’91)

Chair, Third Ward Economic Empowerment Task Force
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
The BTS Team

ANETTE EDENS

ANETTE EDENS
(M.B.A. ’77, M.ED. ’89, PH.D. ’94)

Chair,
College of Medicine Task Force
President and Psychologist
Cornerstone Recovery

AGGIE FOSTER

AGGIE FOSTER (’78, M.B.A. ’86)

Community Volunteer and Arts Patron

LILY CHEN FOSTER

LILY CHEN FOSTER (M.A. ’92)

Retired Actress

JO FURR

JO FURR (M.ED. ’95)

Retired Educator and Community Volunteer

CHAILLE HAWKINS

CHAILLE HAWKINS

Director
Winston Family Foundation

ELVIN HAYES

ELVIN HAYES (’85)

President
King’s Valet and Rossi, USA

BARBARA HINES

BARBARA HINES

Artist

CRAIG JONES

CRAIG JONES

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

WALTER JONES

WALTER JONES (’65)

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
WestStar Mortgage, Inc.

KATHRYN KETELSEN

KATHRYN KETELSEN

Co-founder and President
Project GRAD

JOHN KING

JOHN KING (’92)

Regional Assurance Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

ROBERT KNEPPLER JR.

ROBERT KNEPPLER JR. (’85)

Chair, Student Success Task Force
Managing Director
Marsh Wortham

AYLWIN LEWIS

AYLWIN LEWIS (‘76, M.B.A. ‘90)

Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Potbelly Corporation

GLENN LILIE

GLENN LILIE
(HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE ’16)

Chief Executive Officer
G. Terrell Ventures, Inc.

MICHAEL LINN

MICHAEL LINN

President and Chief Executive Officer
MCL Ventures LLC

WAYNE LUCKETT

WAYNE LUCKETT (’74)

Chair,
Third Ward Schools Task Force
President and CEO
Branwar Wine Distributing Co.
Executive Member at Large
UH Alumni Association Foundation

JERAD MCMAYON

JERAD MCMAYON (’00)

Co-Founder and Partner
OFS Energy Fund

DAVID MCMENAMIN

DAVID MCMENAMIN (’74)

Founder and
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Financial Group

SONNY MESSIAH-JILES

SONNY MESSIAH-JILES (’74)

Chief Executive Officer
Defender Media Group

LAURA MURILLO

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

MARVIN ODUM (M.B.A. ’95)

Recovery Officer
for Hurricane Harvey
Former President, Shell Oil Company

PAMELA CHAMBERS O’ROURKE

PAMELA CHAMBERS O’ROURKE (’95)

President and
Chief Executive Officer
ICON Information Consultants LP

JACK POGGE

JACK POGGE (’75)

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

RICKY RAVEN

RICKY RAVEN (’83, J.D. ’86)

Partner
Reed Smith LLP

MARIA RIOS

MARIA RIOS (FS ’88)

Owner and President
Nation Waste Inc.

LILLIE ROBERTSON

LILLIE ROBERTSON

Philanthropist

SAMUEL SCHREIBER

SAMUEL SCHREIBER (’74)

President
Chain Bridge Bank, N.A.

DARRYL SCHROEDER

DARRYL SCHROEDER (’69)

Chief Executive Officer
Lonestar Energy Fabrication

HELEN SHAFFER

HELEN SHAFFER

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

STEPHANIE SHERRODD

STEPHANIE SHERRODD

President and
Chief Executive Officer
TDECU

GREG SHOEMAKER

GREG SHOEMAKER (’79)

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

DAVID VANDEWATER

DAVID VANDEWATER (UHCL M.S. ‘77)

President and
Chief Executive Officer
Ardent Health Services

DHEERAJ VERMA

DHEERAJ VERMA

President
Quantum Energy Partners

BRUCE WILLIAMSON

BRUCE WILLIAMSON (M.B.A. ’95)

Executive Chairman
Southcross Energy Holdings

DAN WOLTERMA

DAN WOLTERMAN

Former President and Chief Executive Officer Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

JUDY BOZEMAN

JUDY BOZEMAN (’70)

Chairman/President
UH College of Business Foundation

BRENT CHINN

BRENT CHINN (FS ’82)

President UH Alumni Association Foundation

DRUE DASILVA

DRUE DASILVA (’93, M.S. ’99)

Secretary
UH Alumni Association Foundation

WILLIAM HICKL

WILLIAM HICKL, III (’86)

Immediate Past President
UH Alumni Association Foundation

WARREN HARRIS

WARREN HARRIS (’85, J.D. ’88)

UH Law Foundation

LES HAULBROOK

LES HAULBROOK

President
Houston Cougar Foundation

LAURIE RUTHERFORD

LAURIE RUTHERFORD (’86, M.B.A. ’91, M.S. ’04)

Incoming President
UH Alumni Association Foundation

DANIEL O’CONNOR

DANIEL O’CONNOR (PH.D. ’02)

President
UH Faculty Senate

MICHAEL SACHS

MICHAEL SACHS (’97)

Treasurer
UH Alumni Association Foundation

LISA SHUMATE

LISA SHUMATE (M.B.A. ’17)

Associate Vice President and General Manager
Houston Public Media

BARRETT SIDES

BARRETT SIDES

Director
Houston Public Media Foundation

JIMMY WADLEY

JIMMY WADLEY (O.D. ’80)

President
UH Foundation for
Education and Research in Vision

ALVIN ZIMMERMAN

ALVIN ZIMMERMAN

UH Foundation Trustee

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

ANETTE EDENS (M.B.A. '77, M.Ed. '89, Ph.D. '94), CHAIR

Objectives

  • Provide industry insight and expertise on the type and quality of care needed in the 21st century to assist in the development of a highly innovative medical school curriculum and teaching methodology.
  • Advocate for the impact the UH Medical School will have on the population of the greater Houston area and the medical community.
  • Open doors to potential donors and supporters, both regionally and nationally to help in the development of the school and its recruitment of top faculty and students.
  • Foster partnerships between the UH Medical School and federally qualified health centers by initiating relationships with key players in the changing healthcare environment.
  • Provide advice and direction to the UH Medical School planning team and for the Case for Support throughout the approval and accreditation process.

Power Athletics

POWER ATHLETICS

GREG SHOEMAKER (’79), CHAIR

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.
  • 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.
  • Allow student-athletes to develop and compete on the national level by supporting the development and maintenance of state-of-the-art athletic facilities.
  • Create an enduring legacy for alumni and fans through multiple generations by continuing to build and enhance athletic traditions.
  • Energize the UH fan base and the City of Houston and to maximize revenues that can be reinvested ensuring sustained success by helping fill athletic venues.

Student Success

STUDENT SUCCESS

ROBERT KNEPPLER JR. (’85), CHAIR

OBJECTIVES

  • Partner with Career Services to review and expand external contacts for student opportunities (job placement, internships, fellowships) as well as identify industry gaps for connections – to advocate for employers to recruit first from UH students. Participate in professional volunteer training opportunities (recruiting, related topics) as determined.
  • Explore opportunities to support student recruitment efforts by leveraging contacts in Houston and other markets.
  • Participate in development of the Scarlet Seals of Excellence, a new program in which students demonstrate learning outside the classroom in preparation for post-graduation opportunities (i.e., career or graduate school).

Third Ward Economic Empowerment

THIRD WARD ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

EARL CUMMINGS (’91), CHAIR

OBJECTIVES

  • Stimulate vigorous business activity in the Third Ward by incubating small-to-medium sized businesses in partnership with the SURETM program at the C. T. Bauer College of Business.
  • Increase access to job-readiness programs for residents of the Third Ward through supporting current education and training courses offered at community centers and organizations in the Third Ward.
  • Illuminate the strengths of Third Ward businesses by advocating for increased business activity between the greater Houston business community and Third Ward enterprises.
  • Encourage the creation of partnerships between UH and the community by supporting existing partnership programs and providing expertise on future needs.

Third Ward Schools

THIRD WARD SCHOOLS

WAYNE LUCKETT (’74), CHAIR

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

JUDY NYQUIST, CHAIR

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 (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.