Stephen F. Austin State University

Advisory Council


The purpose of the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies Advisory Council is to provide knowledgeable input concerning the department's goals, programs, and activities and to provide linkages for faculty and students to the professional community.


The Advisory Council will support the Department of General Business in the following ways:

  1. Identify employment needs of graduates and make recommendations for program development.
  2. Assist the department in recruiting and retaining high quality students.
  3. Aid in the placement of department students and faculty in appropriate internship and externship opportunities.
  4. Facilitate contacts with employers that result in the placement of the department's graduates in jobs.
  5. Assist in the development of plans to obtain funds to support department programs, equipment acquisition, student participation, and faculty development.
  6. Interact with students as guest speakers.
  7. Provide a source from which department faculty may receive advice related to faculty research and community involvement.
  8. Promote a positive image of the students, faculty, and programs of the department to the professional community and the general public.
  9. Provide an outside voice to University administration and accrediting bodies relative to the department's needs, directions, and activities.
  10. Recommend qualified candidates for membership on the advisory council.


Member Company
Gary Lee Ashcraft United Way
Jason B. Crager Lockheed Martin
John Fleming Nacogdoches County Attorney
Max Jentsch Merck Co., Inc
Sean Kennedy My Plates
Gary Lopez** Kest, LLC
Micah Love* Cephalon
Russell Marshall Mabank ISD
Manny Menard Menard's Railroad Material
Ken Murphy Mattress Firm
Christy Robinson SuccessFactors
Barry Smith Marsh USA Inc.
Paul Smith Roy Blake Insurance Agency
Jill Smith Lowes Distribution Center
Ron Smith Holmes Murphy & Associates
Luke Wilbanks Chick-fil-a, Inc.
Jason Wright Century 21 First Group
Phillip Yates Yates Farmers Insurance
Tim Clipson SFA Faculty Representative
Jourdan Dukes SFA Under-Grad
Haleigh Smith SFA Under-Grad
Sarah Ann Kinser SFA Graduate Student

*Chair of Advising Council

**Vice-Chair of Advising Council