Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Names Heldenfels Chair of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Names Mendoza vice chair of board
Friday, April 30, 2010  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has named Fred W. Heldenfels IV of Austin chair and Elaine Mendoza of San Antonio vice chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for terms effective May 1, 2010 and to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The board sets policies and coordinates efforts to improve higher education in Texas.

Heldenfels is president and CEO of Heldenfels Enterprises Inc. He is a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Board, Associated General Contractors of Texas, and Texas A&M University (TAMU) System Chancellor’s Century Council, and a member and past chairman of the TAMU Twelfth Man Foundation. He is also a member of the TAMU Association of Former Students Century Club and TAMU–Corpus Christi President’s Council, past chairman of the TAMU Corpus Christi Foundation Board of Trustees, alumnus and past director of the Texas Lyceum Association, past board member of the San Marcos Economic Development Board, and past chair of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. Heldenfels received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He replaces A.W. “Whit” Riter III of Tyler as chair. Riter will continue to serve on the board.

Mendoza is president and CEO of Conceptual MindWorks Inc. She is a member of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care Board of Directors and P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, and a member and past vice chair of the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce. She is also a past member of the Task Force on Access to Health Care in Texas, member and past chair of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Alamo Workforce Development Inc., and a past board member of the San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio Medical Foundation, Texas Healthcare Trustees and Accion Texas. Mendoza received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

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