Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Reappoints Three to Humanities Texas

Monday, January 30, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed three members to Humanities Texas for terms to expire Dec. 31, 2013. The council approves and administers grants to projects focusing on matters of public interest and concern, and fosters public appreciation for the humanities.

J. Bruce Bugg Jr. of San Antonio is chairman and trustee of the Tobin Endowment, and chairman and CEO of Argyle Investments Company. He is chairman and president of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, director of the Santa Fe Opera, and a trustee and secretary of the Texas Research Park Foundation. He is also a trustee of the McNay Art Museum and St. Mary's Hall, a member of the State Bar of Texas, and past chair of the San Antonio Cancer Therapy and Research Center Board of Governors. Bugg received a bachelor's degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Paula Peters of Dallas is a civic leader and former senior director of special initiatives for the Communities Foundation of Texas. She is a board member of the Uptown Dallas Improvement District, an advisory board member of the Friends of the Katy Trail, a director of the Audubon Texas Board, and a member of the Council of Foundations and Dallas Assembly. She is past chair of Preservation Dallas, the Preservation Texas Trust Fund, Dallas Arts District Foundation, Friends of Fair Park, and Arts District Friends. She is also past vice chair of Preservation Texas and a past Texas advisor of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Peters received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree in historic preservation from the Columbia University School of Architecture.

Polly Sowell of Austin is retired and a community volunteer. She is past president of the Texas Women's Alliance, former executive director of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, and a past member of the Texas Commission on the Arts. Sowell received a bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar College.

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