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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.

Maggie J. Wright - Student Regent

Term Ends: May 31, 2018Maggie J. Wright - Student Regent

Appointed by Governor Abbott as the university’s student regent beginning in June, 2017, Maggie Wright is from Flower Mound, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SFA in May, 2017. She is currently an SFA graduate student in public administration.

During her undergraduate years at SFA, Wright served as an officer for the Traditions Council for three years, culminating in her service as president in 2016-17. She participated in the Freshman Leadership Academy, was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and served as a Jack Camp Counselor for two summers. She served two years as a student assistant for student engagement programs and is currently a graduate assistant in orientation programs.

Former members

Former Regents Years of Service

John Harold Bates - Houston

1969-1971

Douglas Bergman - Dallas

1969-1973

Joe Bob Golden - Jasper

1969-1981

Roy Maness - Beaumont

1969-1973

R.E. McGee - Houston

1969-1974

James I. Perkins - Rusk

1969-1981

Sam Tanner - Longview

1969-1973

Lera Thomas - Houston

1969-1973

Walter C. Todd - Dallas

1969-1983

Robert C. Gray - Austin

1971-1977

Kathleen Cullum - Dallas

1973-1985

Glenn W. Justice - Dallas

1973-1985

Ernest Powers - Carthage

1973-1979

Peggy Wedgeworth Wright - Nacogdoches

1973-1983; 1987-1993

Homer Bryce - Henderson

1974-1987; 1988-1993

Robert E. Samuel, Jr. - Madisonville

1978-1983

Ted Bowen - Houston

1979-1985

William Fletcher Garner, Jr. - Bridge City

1981-1987

David Larry Jackson - Plano

1981-1987

Willia B. Murphy Wooten - Crockett

1983-1989

Luke S. Honea - Wildwood

1983-1985

Phil Simpson - Dallas

1983-1985

Dan Haynes - Burnet

1985-1991

Richard C. Hile - Jasper

1985-1991

John O. Sutton - Nacogdoches

1985-1986

A. Lavoy Moore - Conroe

1985-1989

Mack M. Stripling - Nacogdoches

1986-1988

A. Nelson Rusche - Jasper

1986-1989

L. Kelly Jones - Arlington

1987-1993

Wayne Salvant - Fort Worth

1989-1991

Senator Roy M. Blake, Sr. - Nacogdoches

1989-1994

Larry Jay Christopher - Crockett

1989-1994

James M. Windham, Jr. - Houston

1989-1994

Sissy Phillips Austin - Jacksonville

1991-1996

Dionne Bagsby - Fort Worth

1991-1996

Retta Baker Kelley - Longview

1991-1996

S. Lynn Montes - Lufkin

1993-1998

Ron Adkison - Henderson

1993-1998

R. Murray Shaw - Austin

1993-1998

R.A. Brookshire - Lufkin

1995-2000

Pattye Greer - Nacogdoches

1995-2000

Jimmy W. Murphy - Houston

1995-2000

Penny Hess Butler - Houston

1997-2003

Michael Enoch - Mont Belvieu

1997-2003

Susan Scheumack Roberds - Dallas

1997-2003

Gary M. Lopez - Dallas

1999-2005

R. Lyn Stevens - Beaumont

1999-2005

Mike Wilhite - Henderson

1999-2005

Dr. Margarita de la Garza-Grahm - Tyler

2001-2007

Kenneth A. James - Kingwood

2001-2007

Fred A. Wulf - Center

2001-2007

Valerie E. Ertz - Dallas

2003-2011

Joe Max Green - Nacogdoches

2003-2009

Paul Gifford Pond - Dallas

2003-2009

Richard B. Boyer - The Colony

2005-2011

James A. Thompson - Sugarland

2005-2011

Melvin R. White - Pflugerville

2005-2011

Carlos Z. Amaral - Plano

2007-2013

James H. Dickerson - New Braunfels

2007-2013

Steve D. McCarty - Alto

2009-2015

Connie M. Ware - Marshall

2011-2015

Barry E. Nelson - Dallas

2013-2016

Ralph C. Todd - Carthage

2011-2017

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Physical Address:
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Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Mailing Address:
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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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