Barry Nelson, a 1971 graduate of SFA and secretary of the university’s Board of Regents, passed away Nov. 8 in Dallas. Nelson was born June 18, 1949, in Billings, Montana.
Nelson began his commercial real estate career in Houston. In the early 1980s, he moved his family to Dallas, where he developed some of the city’s most iconic office buildings, including Fountain Place and Spectrum Center.
In 2013, Nelson was appointed to the Board of Regents, a position for which he had great passion, pride and commitment. As chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, Nelson’s expertise was invaluable during the planning stages of the Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building, which is currently under construction.
Nelson served as an executive advisory board member for the SFA Nelson Rusche College of Business. He was a board member for the Dallas Business Development Corporation and a past executive committee member for the Dallas Real Estate Council.