Board of Regents Elects Officers

By Richard Bonnin

A new leadership team is in place for the University of Houston System Board of Regents for this fiscal year. The board recently elected Tilman J. Fertitta as chair, Welcome W. Wilson Jr. as vice chair and Beth Madison, secretary.

FertittaFertitta, president, CEO and controlling shareholder of Landry's Inc., was appointed to the board in 2009 to a term that expires Aug. 31, 2015. The expansive properties of Landry’s Inc. include the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and restaurant chains such as Morton's The Steakhouse.

A native of Galveston, he attended UH's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. In 2004, Fertitta was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the second-youngest inductee ever to receive this honor next to Michael Dell. Fertitta is chairman of the Houston Children Charity and the Houston Police Foundation, is on the executive committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and serves on several boards, including the Texas Heart Institute and the Greater Houston Partnership.

WilsonWilson was appointed to the board of regents in 2011 and will serve through Aug. 31, 2017. Wilson is president and chief executive officer of GSL Welcome Group, a real estate development firm specializing in single-tenant office buildings and industrial properties with warehouse and manufacturing facilities. He also serves as developer with Kingham Dalton Wilson Ltd. and director of River Oaks Financial Group Inc.

Wilson serves as chairman of the board of the Southwest Houston Redevelopment Authority, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number 20 and the Houston Realty Business Coalition. Wilson’s philanthropic endeavors include serving on the board of the Houston Food Bank. Wilson is a native Houstonian and attended the University of Denver.

MadisonMadison was appointed to the board of regents this year and will serve through Aug. 31, 2015. She founded Madison Benefits Group Inc., which in 2008 became a wholly owned subsidiary of Higginbotham, a commercial risk management and insurance firm. Madison served as president of the Houston Estate and Financial Forum and on the board for the Houston Chartered Life Underwriters.

Madison’s numerous Houston philanthropic activities include serving as trustee of Madison Charitable Foundation and senior chair of the Houston Grand Opera. Her many honors include being inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. Madison received a B.A. from UH. She was awarded the President’s Medallion and named a Distinguished Alumni in 2010.

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