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David Alders

Term Ends: 2025David Alders, Chair

David Alders of Nacogdoches is president of Carrizo Creek Corporation, managing partner of Buck Bay Timber, Ltd. and manager of Caddo Farms LLC and Alders Enterprises, Ltd. He is a trustee of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, director and audit committee chair of Citizens 1st Bank, and director of the Texas Forestry Association, the Texas Agricultural Land Trust, and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is director and former president of Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, vice president of the board of Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District, and a charter member of the Region I Regional Water Planning Group board. He is vice-chair of the board of Regents Academy of Nacogdoches and an elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Alders received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1985.

Alders was appointed to the SFA Board of Regents in 2013 by Governor Rick Perry and reappointed in 2019 by Governor Gregg Abbott for a second six-year term.

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.

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.

Judy Larson Olson

Term Ends: 2025Judy Larson Olson

Judy Larson Olson of The Woodlands is The Woodlands Market President of Spirit of Texas Bank. She is a partner in The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership and current chair of the Montgomery County CASA Board of Directors. She is the immediate past president of The Rotary Club of The Woodlands, where she was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Olson is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County, and an advisory board member of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, where she was recognized as “Trailblazer” in 2017. She received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from SFA and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

In 2019 Texas Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Olson to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents for a six-year term.

Jennifer Wade Winston

Term Ends: 2025

A community volunteer and self-employed businesswoman, Jennifer “Jenn” Wade Winston of Lufkin is a former adjunct faculty member at SFA. She is a pilot, type rated in a jet. She is a parent volunteer at St. Cyprians’ Episcopal School and a board member and volunteer at Nacogdoches County Historical Society. She is a former board member of the Humane Society of Angelina County and a former volunteer at Oak Creek Center.

Winston received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from SFA and was appointed in 2019 by Governor Gregg Abbott as a member of the SFA Board of Regents for a six-year term.

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

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

John R. "Bob" Garrett - Tyler

2007-2019

Kenton E. Schaefer - Brownsville

2011-2019

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Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Mailing Address:
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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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