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Gov. Perry Appoints Five to the Texas Southern University Board of Regents

Thursday, May 10, 2007  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today appointed five individuals to the Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents. Larry Taylor of Farris was also appointed as the TSU student regent.

“I have great faith that these individuals will provide the leadership and accountability that TSU needs and taxpayers demand while lawmakers are working on legislative solutions,” Perry said. “With a capable and committed board of regents in place, students can be assured that degrees will be awarded on time and Texans can know that the process of reforming this proud university is moving forward.”

Gary Bledsoe of Austin is an attorney in private practice and previously served as assistant attorney general for the State of Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Texas. He also serves on the NAACP National Board of Directors. Bledsoe received a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2011. This appointment is subject to senate confirmation.

Richard C. Holland of Plano is president and founder of Holland Advisors, a management consulting firm specializing in supply chain management and supplier diversity. He was formerly a senior manager at the Boston Consulting Group, and co-leader of the firm’s diversity practice. He also serves on the board of SharePlus Federal Bank. Holland received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in business administration from Colombia University. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2013. This appointment is subject to senate confirmation.

Glenn Lewis of Forth Worth is an attorney and partner of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, L.L.P. Lewis served for 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives after first being elected in 1995. He serves as a trustee of Texas Wesleyan University and on the executive board of the Texas Arthritis Foundation. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Black Bar Association and Forth Worth Chamber of Commerce. Lewis received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2013. This appointment is subject to senate confirmation.

Enrique Javier Loya is the chairman and CEO of Houston-based CHOICE Energy. He serves on the board of directors for the University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, Houston Parks and United Way. Loya serves on the board of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the National Football League Diversity Committee. He also serves as a member of the Houston Minority Business Council and the Energy Market Access Partnership Board of the National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2009. This appointment is subject to senate confirmation.

Richard Salwen of Austin most recently served as vice president and general counsel with Dell, Inc. He is the former general counsel to the Perot Group, and was an attorney for Electronic Data Systems and the Federal Aviation Administration. Salwen served as adjunct professor of law at the University of Puget Sound School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He serves on the advisory council for St. Edward’s University School of Management and Business. Salwen received a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Washington at Seattle. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2013. This appointment is subject to senate confirmation.

Larry Taylor is a student at the TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law and expects to graduate in 2008. He worked as a personal banker for Guaranty Financial Services and financial manager for Homeland Insurance. He is a member of the Black Law Students, Hispanic Law Students, and American Bar associations. Taylor received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2008. Taylor will serve as a non-voting member of the board, and his appointment is not subject to senate confirmation.

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