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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to University of Texas System Board of Regents

Thursday, February 21, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to The University of Texas System Board of Regents for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019.

"I deeply appreciate the dedication of each member of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, who are charged with overseeing the universities within the system. These volunteers sacrifice time away from their families and their careers on behalf of past, current and future students, enhancing the mission of the system and ensuring academic excellence and accountability to taxpayers," said Gov. Perry. "The efficiencies and reforms taking place at The University of Texas System and on each individual campus, such as offering a four-year tuition freeze as an option to students, are a testament to regents' commitment to the students and taxpayers of our state."

Ernest Aliseda of McAllen is managing attorney of Loya Insurance Group, a municipal judge for the City of McAllen, and a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General Corps. He is a former state district judge for both the 139th and 398th State District Courts in Hidalgo County, a past member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, and past president of the Hidalgo County Bar Association. Aliseda is a member of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, a board member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Council for South Texas Economic Progress, vice president of the McAllen Citizen's League, and a volunteer judge for the McAllen Teen Court Program. Aliseda received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law.

Jeff Hildebrand of Houston is chairman and CEO of Hilcorp Energy Company. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, National Petroleum Council, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, Houston Geological Society, All American Wildcatters, and The University of Texas System's Task Force on Engineering Education for Texas. Hildebrand is a board member of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Central Houston Inc., Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and UT Engineering Advisory Board. He is also past chairman of the Houston Young Presidents Organization, and became a distinguished engineering graduate of the UT Cockrell School of Engineering. Hildebrand received a bachelor of science in geology and a master of science in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas.

Paul Foster of El Paso is executive chairman of Western Refining Company. He currently serves as vice chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and has served as a regent since October 2007. He is a member of the Western Petroleum Marketers Association, Western States Petroleum Association, National Petroleum Council, and National Petroleum Refiners Association. He is chairman of The University of Texas Investment Management Company, an executive committee member of the Paso del Norte Group, and a board member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation, WestStar Bank Board of Directors, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization, Texas Business Leadership Council, the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board, and the UT at El Paso Business Advisory Council. He is also a past member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and past chairman of the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation and American Red Cross El Paso Area Chapter. Foster received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.


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