The University of Houston is pleased to welcome 22 new members to its Board of Visitors with terms beginning this fall.
These new additions, appointed by UH President Renu Khator, join an impressive group of private-sector thought leaders, change makers and influencers who serve as advisors providing insights to advance the University’s brand and reputation throughout the city, state, region and nation. They are committed to the University’s strategic plan and goals, including becoming a Top 50 ranked public institution, and they are passionate about student success.
“I look forward to partnering with these dynamic new members of the Board of Visitors whose broad array of expertise will undoubtedly help us forge new paths on our journey of growth, progress and innovation,” said Renu Khator, UH president. “They are essential allies and champions of our key priorities, and their commitment to amplify our message is not only greatly appreciated, but critical to advancing the mission of the University of Houston.”
The Board of Visitors is chaired by Aylwin Lewis (’76, M.B.A. ’90), former chairman, chief executive officer and president of Potbelly Corporation, who has served since 2018.
Natara Holloway Branch ('98), Chief Executive Officer, Houston Exponential
Janis Burke, Chief Executive Officer, Harris County - Houston Sports Authority
David L. Callender, M.D. (MBA '95), President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System
Brett Cullen ('79), Professional Film & Television Actor/Producer
Charles D. Dorn, CCM ('80), Managing Director, The Dorn Group, Ltd.
Ellie Francisco (M.B.A. '80), Founder, Francisco+co
Cullen Geiselman Muse, Ph.D., Chair, The Cullen Trust for Health Care
Nicky R. Holdeman, M.D. ('73, O.D. '76), Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Alumnus University of Houston
Case Keenum ('10), Quarterback, Houston Texans, National Football League
Kevin Kolb (F.S. ’06), Retired Professional Football Player & Entrepreneur
Devika Kornbacher ('98), Partner and Co-Head of Tech Group at Clifford Chance
Anu Lal ('94), Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Piping Technology and Piping Products, Inc.
Stephen Littleton, Former President of Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary, Exxon Mobil
Jason McCann ('91, MBA '96), Chief Executive Officer, Vari
Marilyn Miles, President, Edro Investments
Tanner Moran, Managing Director, Jumana Capital
Sandi Nicholson, Philanthropist and Art Enthusiast
Carroll Ray (J.D. '02), Vice Chair, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts
Dave Smalley ('79), Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Concession
Craig Spaulding ('82), Founder, South Bay Partners, Inc.
Lea Weingarten, Principal, Weingarten Art Group
Scott Zamir ('05), Vice President, Woodlake MRI