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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

Jennifer Wade WinstonTerm 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.

Zoé Smiley - Student Regent

Zoé Smiley – Student RegentTerm Ends: May 31, 2020

Appointed by Governor Abbot as the university's student regent beginning June 2019, Zoé Smiley is from Kingwood, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s of science in agriculture from SFA in May 2018. She is currently an SFA graduate student in student affairs and higher education.

During her undergraduate years at SFA, Smiley served as an active member of her sorority for three years where she served at the second vice president over new member education, was an orientation student coordinator for one year, and a jack camp counselor. She has been awarded five certified student leader endorsements from the university.  Smiley served on the 2019 orientation, transition, and retention conference undergraduate experience planning committee, where she helped plan one of the first diversity institutes in conference history. Currently she will be taking on the role as the new graduate assistant for the Student Activities Association.

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


John R. "Bob" Garrett - Tyler


Kenton E. Schaefer - Brownsville



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