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Gov. Perry Names McNutt Chair of Texas Commission on the Arts

Also appoints six to the commission
Monday, December 28, 2009  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has named Lee W. “Bill” McNutt III of Dallas chair and appointed six members to the Texas Commission on the Arts for terms to expire Aug. 31, 2015. The commission encourages appreciation for fine arts in Texas and acts in an advisory capacity regarding the construction and remodeling of state buildings and works of art.

McNutt is founder of Gateway Southwest Capital, co-owner of the Collin Street Bakery and Tradesman Truck Box Manufacturers. He is a member of the National Direct Marketing Association and TCIP Investment Partnership, and a past board member of the International Trade Association of Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Art Budget Board, and National Federation of Independent Business Foundation. He is also founding president of the Southern Methodist University Young Alumni Association and a deacon at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. McNutt received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.

Linda Hatchel of Woodway is a retired professor at McLennan Community College. She is president of the Waco Symphony Council, president-elect of the Waco Symphony Association and vice president of the Waco Literary Club. She is also a volunteer for Waco Meals on Wheels, past president of the Texas College English Association and a past member of the Texas State Board of Tax Professional Examiners. Hatchel received a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master’s degree in English from West Texas A&M University.

Patty Huffines of Austin is a community volunteer, former director of sales and marketing for Public Strategies Inc., and former vice president of university relations for St. Edward’s University. She is a member of the Long Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees, and chair of the development committee and co-chair of the Long Center second anniversary party. She is past president of the Austin Community Foundation, secretary of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, and a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center External Advisory Committee. She is also a volunteer with Girlstart, the Rise School of Austin, Leadership Austin, Women’s Symphony League and the Governor’s Commission for Women. Huffines received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Liza Lewis of San Antonio is vice president and co-owner of Southwest Texas Equipment Distributors Inc. She is a member of the Charity Ball Association, and a past board member of the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children and the Argyle Club in San Antonio. Lewis received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University.

Cobie Russell of Dallas is a consultant, owner of the Cobie Russell Studio, and president of the Steele Creek Ranch Operating Company Inc. She is a member of the Parkland Health and Hospital System Board of Managers and a board member of Big Thought, a non-profit focused on improving public education through creative learning. She is also past member of the State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee and past general editor of a public service brochures series for the Dallas Bar Foundation. She is being reappointed.

George Snead of El Paso is owner of a custom framing shop and art gallery. He is a board member of the El Paso Vietnam Veteran Society and the Centers for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement, Research and Support (CEDARS) at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is also a past board member of the El Paso Historical Society, El Paso International Art Museum, and KCOS Public Television. Snead attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and Mainz University in Germany. He is being reappointed.

S. Shawn Stephens of Houston is an attorney and a partner at Baker Hostetler LLP. She is a member of the American Bar Association, American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers, Texas Association of Trial and Appellate Specialists and Houston Bar Association, and is an inductee to the Litigation Counsel of America. She is also a board member of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Houston Ballet Foundation and Houston Museum of Natural Science, and is an alumnus of the Texas Lyceum. She is board president of the South Texas College of Law Alumni Association, and a past board member of Houston Theatre Under the Stars and Houston Zoo Inc. Stephens received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a law degree from South Texas College of Law, and a master’s of law degree in economic law from the University of Houston Law Center.

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