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David Alders

Term Ends: 2025David Alders

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 Greg Abbott for a second six-year term.

Robert A. Flores

Term Ends: 2027Robert A. Flores

Robert A. Flores of Nacogdoches is the chief financial officer of Elliott Electric Supply, a leading distributor of electrical and industrial automation supplies throughout the southern states. He is a board member and secretary/treasurer for The Micky Elliott Family Foundation.

Flores serves as chair of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past chair of the Nacogdoches Medical Center Governing Board and a previous board member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club.

Flores received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from SFA in 1985. He was appointed as a regent by Gov. Greg Abbott in July 2020.

Karen G. Gantt, Chair

Term Ends: 2023Karen G. Gantt

Karen Gregory Gantt of McKinney is an attorney and partner at McCraw Gantt, PLLC. She focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration and fiduciary litigation. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Collin County Bar Association, North Texas Estate Planning Council and Dallas Estate Planning Council.

Gantt received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SFA and was named Highest Ranking Senior. She received a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. While a student at SFA, Gantt was a member and chapter president of Delta Delta Delta, and she is now a member of the North Dallas Area Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter. She is a past president of the SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the SFA Alumni Foundation Board of Governors.

At Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney, Gantt is an elder and has been a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader for many years. She is a patroness of the National Charity League—Sunflower Chapter and served as a grade-level advisor from 2019 – 2021.

Brigettee Carnes Henderson

Term Ends: 2023Brigettee Carnes Henderson

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, Vice Chair

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 SFA. 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 is production manager of PrimeLending in The Woodlands.  She is a native of Conroe and a 30-year career banker and mortgage lender.  Olson currently sits on the board of directors for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council.  A member of The Rotary Club of The Woodlands for 16 years and a Paul Harris Fellow, she served as 2017-2018 Rotary Club president.  Olson is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County and former chairman of the board of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from SFA and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A & M University.  In 2019 Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Olson to the Board of Regents for a six-year term.

Laura Rectenwald

Term Ends: 2027Laura Rectenwald

Laura Rectenwald of Longview is the CEO and owner of Titanium Environmental Services, where she manages operations and conducts environmental consulting for clients. A licensed professional geoscientist, her areas of expertise include Texas Risk Reduction Program Assessments, industrial regulatory compliance audits, soil and groundwater remediation projects, and litigation support. Rectenwald earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in environmental science from Baylor University. Her doctorate in forestry is from SFA, and she has served as an adjunct faculty member for SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. A member of the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall, Rectenwald is the coordinator for Martha’s Kitchen, a ministry that provides free hot meals for local families every Thursday night. Rectenwald has previously served as chair for business advocacy with the Longview Chamber of Commerce, new family outreach coordinator for St. Mary’s Catholic School Home & School Association, and on the Longview ISD Foundation.

Nancy C. Windham

Term Ends: 2027Nancy C. Windham

Nancy C. Windham of Nacogdoches is president and CEO of the Texas Forest Country Partnership, a 12-county economic development organization that enriches Deep East Texas through marketing, business development and advocacy. Windham has worked in economic development for more than 36 years and has led the EDCs at Nacogdoches, Lufkin and Frisco. She also served as executive director for both the Southern Economic Development Council, a 17-state economic development organization, and the Texas Economic Development Council. Windham serves on the executive committee of the Texas Rural Practitioners and is a board member of the Texas Forest Trail Region. Windham is a lifetime member of the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce and an honorary life member of the Texas Economic Development Council. She attended SFA and graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. She is highlighted in a book, “Texas Women, Trailblazers, Shining Stars and Cowgirls,” a collection of portraits of Lone Star Ladies.

In addition to her appointment as an SFA regent, Gov. Greg Abbott has previously appointed Windham to the Texas Economic Development Corporation and the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board.

Jennifer Wade Winston, Secretary

Term Ends: 2025Jennifer Wade Winston

A community volunteer and self-employed businesswoman, Jennifer 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 Greg Abbott as a member of the SFA Board of Regents for a six-year term.

Spencer Coffey - Student Regent

Term Ends: 2022Spencer Coffey - Student Regent

Spencer Coffey of Highland Village, Texas, has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott as the university’s student regent for the 2021-2022 term.

Coffey graduated from SFA with a degree in criminal justice in May 2020 and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration. He previously served as a graduate assistant for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, where he was in charge of coordinating and directing Greek Week and also served as advisor to the Order of Omega.

Since 2016, Coffey has been a member of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity. As an undergraduate student, he was president of the Interfraternity Council and a member of the NAACP, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Phi Alpha and Men’s Soccer Club.

Coffey works as a paralegal for a Nacogdoches law firm and plans to attend law school in the future.

 

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

Nelda Blair - The Woodlands

  2015-2020

Scott H. Coleman - Houston

2009-2021

Alton L. Frailey - Katy

2015-2021

Contact

Office of the Board of Regents
936.468.4048
Fax: 936.468.7048
alsmith@sfasu.edu

Physical Address:
1936 North Street
Austin Building
Room 310

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13026
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962