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Board member bios

David Alders

Term Ends: 2019David Alders, Chair

David Alders of Nacogdoches is president of Carrizo Creek Corporation and manager of Caddo Farms LLC and Dagwood Timber LP. He is chairman of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and Heritage Land Bank Association boards and a board member of the State Bar of Texas, Heartbeat Crisis Pregnancy Center and Nacogdoches Regents Academy. He is also a board member and past president of the Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, vice president of the Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District, a member of the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group Executive Committee, past board member of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, and past chairman of the Texas Department of Rural Affairs Governing Board. Alders received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1985.

Nelda Luce Blair, Secretary

Term Ends: 2021Nelda Luce Blair

Nelda Luce Blair is president and owner of The Blair Law Firm, P.C., and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in three areas of real estate law. After a 20-year litigation practice, Blair now provides legal consultation services. She frequently appears as a legal commentator on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and Court TV. She has authored over 100 articles published in professional journals. Currently, Blair serves as president of the Conroe ISD Education Foundation and as a board member of the Lone Star College System Chancellor’s Advisory Council, the Texas Conference for Women and the Economic Development Partnership of The Woodlands. She is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Association of Realtors. Blair has held leadership positions in The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Board of The Woodlands Township, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She has received gubernatorial appointments to serve on the University of Houston Board of Regents and the Texas Economic Development Corporation. Blair has received numerous honors including the 2011 North Houston Association North Star Award, being named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2009 by Houston Woman magazine, Citizen of the Year 2009 by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber, and Hometown Hero of The Woodlands. Blair earned her bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law, Sociology and Economics from Baylor University and she received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Dr. Scott H. Coleman

Term Ends: 2021Dr. Scott H. Coleman

Dr. Scott Coleman is a dentist in private practice and a clinical adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has lectured internationally and published articles on dental techniques and technology. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, American Academy of Dental Practice Administrators, Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics and Greater Houston Dental Society. He is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Academic Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society. Coleman is serving on the board of directors for the Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts of American and as a Deacon and Director of Sunday School at Second Baptist Church. He is a member of the Baptist Medial Dental Fellowship, Give Back a Smile, and International Medical Outreach which provide free dental care to underprivileged children. He is past president of the Academy of General Dentistry and past board member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is an Eagle Scout and has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America with the prestigious Silver Beaver award for his distinguished service. Coleman received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and earned his doctorate degree in dental surgery from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston.

Alton L. Frailey, Vice Chair

Term Ends: 2021Alton L. Frailey, Secretary

Alton Frailey is a 33 - year veteran professional educator.

Frailey retired in 2016 after serving for nine years as superintendent of the nearly 74,000-student Katy Independent School District, near Houston, Texas. He has served as superintendent of the DeSoto Independent School District near Dallas, Texas, and as superintendent of schools for Cincinnati Public Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A classroom veteran, Frailey began his career working with special needs and elementary aged students in Baytown, Texas. He served as a building principal and in various central office positions in the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, Texas.

Frailey has held numerous professional elected leadership positions including president of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), president of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), president of the Urban Superintendents Association of America (USAA), president of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools (TAS-MUS) and chairman of the University Interscholastic League Legislative Council.

Frailey has served on numerous and various civic boards. In 1999, he was elected to the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Board of Trustees, which was selected as the 2002 Texas Honor Board. In 2015 Texas Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Frailey to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents for a six-year term. He recently joined the Flip Flippen Group as one of three members of the LeadWorthy Board.

Frailey graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1983 with bachelor of science degree in elementary education and in 1985 with a master of education in educational administration.

He is currently president of Alton L. Frailey & Associates, LLC specializing in leadership development, community engagement and executive coaching.

Karen G. Gantt

Term Ends: 2023Karen G. Gantt

Karen Gantt of McKinney is an attorney and partner at McCraw Gantt, PLLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Estate Planning Council, North Texas Estate Planning Council, and the College of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, she is the immediate past president of the SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors, former member of the SFA Alumni Foundation Board of Governors, and an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney. Gantt received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SFASU and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

John R. “Bob” Garrett

Term Ends: 2019John R. "Bob" Garrett

Reappointed by Governor Rick Perry to a second term in 2013, John R. “Bob” Garrett of Tyler earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from SFA in 1975 and holds a master of business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is a residential and commercial real estate developer and president and CEO of Fair Oil Company, a Tyler-based oil and gas exploration company established in 1931. Garrett is chairman of the Tyler Development Code Committee, vice president of the RW Fair Foundation, and a board member of the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center and Salvation Army of Tyler. He serves as a director of Southside Bank. He is a past president of the Texas Association of Home Builders and Tyler Area Builders Association, a past state representative of the National Association of Home Builders and served for 15 years as a director of the Tyler Economic Development Council. Garrett served as chair of the SFA Board of Regents from 2011-2013.

Brigettee Carnes Henderson, Chair

Term Ends: 2023Brigettee Carnes Henderson, Vice Chair

Brigettee Carnes Henderson of Lufkin is an independent consulting interior designer and executive assistant at Carnes and Co. Auctioneers. She is secretary of the Angelina Arts Alliance Board of Directors, chair of the Angelina County American Cancer Society’s 2011 Cattle Baron’s Gala, and a member of the Buckner Family Place Board of Directors, Buckner Family Services Circle of Angels and Junior League of Lufkin Sustainers. She is a past board member of the Lufkin Salvation Army, Museum of East Texas and Angelina Beautiful Clean. She is also past president of the Junior League of Lufkin and past president of the Angelina County Aggie Mother’s Club. Henderson received two bachelor’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.

M. Thomas Mason

Term Ends: 2023M. Thomas Mason

Tom Mason of Dallas is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hillwood Development Co, LLC. He is a board member of Caruth Village Homeowners’ Association and an officer of the Land-Hyland Scholarship Fund, Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1966. He is a former member of the Urban Land Institute, The Real Estate Council, and the Real Estate Financial Executives Association. Mason received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserves and received a Bachelor of Science in math and general business from SFASU. While attending SFA, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, sophomore class vice president, chairman of Greek Week activities, and elected to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

Kenton E. Schaefer

Term Ends: 2019 Kenton E. Schaefer

Ken E. Schaefer of Brownsville is owner of Schaefer Stevedoring Company, Inc. He is director of the West Gulf Maritime Association and a past board member of the University of Texas Pan American, Texas Commerce Bank, Fondo de Inversion de Veracruz and Almacenadora Regional del Gulfo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1970.

Kate Childress - Student Regent

Term Ends: May 31, 2019Kate Childress - Student Regent

Appointed by Governor Abbott as the university’s student regent beginning in June 2018, Kate Childress is from Lumberton, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SFA in May 2017. She is currently an SFA graduate student in student affairs and higher education.

During her undergraduate years at SFA, Childress served as an orientation supervisor for Orientation Programs for two years, Jack Walker campus tour guide, and SFA 101 freshman seminar student instructor. She served as the SFA Weeks of Welcome student director, was recognized with the president’s Volunteer Service Award, and served as a Jack Camp Counselor for two summers. She recently served on the orientation, transition, and retention conference undergraduate planning committee and is currently a graduate assistant in orientation programs.

Former members

Former Regents Years of Service

John Harold Bates - Houston


Douglas Bergman - Dallas


Joe Bob Golden - Jasper


Roy Maness - Beaumont


R.E. McGee - Houston


James I. Perkins - Rusk


Sam Tanner - Longview


Lera Thomas - Houston


Walter C. Todd - Dallas


Robert C. Gray - Austin


Kathleen Cullum - Dallas


Glenn W. Justice - Dallas


Ernest Powers - Carthage


Peggy Wedgeworth Wright - Nacogdoches

1973-1983; 1987-1993

Homer Bryce - Henderson

1974-1987; 1988-1993

Robert E. Samuel, Jr. - Madisonville


Ted Bowen - Houston


William Fletcher Garner, Jr. - Bridge City


David Larry Jackson - Plano


Willia B. Murphy Wooten - Crockett


Luke S. Honea - Wildwood


Phil Simpson - Dallas


Dan Haynes - Burnet


Richard C. Hile - Jasper


John O. Sutton - Nacogdoches


A. Lavoy Moore - Conroe


Mack M. Stripling - Nacogdoches


A. Nelson Rusche - Jasper


L. Kelly Jones - Arlington


Wayne Salvant - Fort Worth


Senator Roy M. Blake, Sr. - Nacogdoches


Larry Jay Christopher - Crockett


James M. Windham, Jr. - Houston


Sissy Phillips Austin - Jacksonville


Dionne Bagsby - Fort Worth


Retta Baker Kelley - Longview


S. Lynn Montes - Lufkin


Ron Adkison - Henderson


R. Murray Shaw - Austin


R.A. Brookshire - Lufkin


Pattye Greer - Nacogdoches


Jimmy W. Murphy - Houston


Penny Hess Butler - Houston


Michael Enoch - Mont Belvieu


Susan Scheumack Roberds - Dallas


Gary M. Lopez - Dallas


R. Lyn Stevens - Beaumont


Mike Wilhite - Henderson


Dr. Margarita de la Garza-Grahm - Tyler


Kenneth A. James - Kingwood


Fred A. Wulf - Center


Valerie E. Ertz - Dallas


Joe Max Green - Nacogdoches


Paul Gifford Pond - Dallas


Richard B. Boyer - The Colony


James A. Thompson - Sugarland


Melvin R. White - Pflugerville


Carlos Z. Amaral - Plano


James H. Dickerson - New Braunfels


Steve D. McCarty - Alto


Connie M. Ware - Marshall


Barry E. Nelson - Dallas


Ralph C. Todd - Carthage



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