Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Interim Committee on Higher Education
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the appointment of four individuals to the Interim Committee on Higher Education for terms to expire Sept. 1, 2005. The commission was established by Senate Bill 1652 to study higher education issues, including funding.
Martin Basaldua of Kingwood is a physician and president of Basaldua & Heller. He is vice chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he has served since 1997, and is a former member of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District Board of Trustees. Basaldua earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Jerry Farrington of Dallas is chair emeritus and a board member of Texas Utilities Company, and he is chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He also has served as chair of the University of North Texas Board of Regents, Texas Health Resources and Edison Electric Institute. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas.
Jodie Lee Jiles of Houston is senior vice president for public finance of First Albany Corporation. He is a member of the University of Texas at Austin Development Board and chair of the Houston Community College System Performance Audit Committee. Jiles earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Robert W. Shepard of Harlingen is board chair of Shepard Walton King Insurance Group and Shepard & Walton Life Insurance Agency. He serves on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Shepard also is a past chair of the Pan American University Board of Regents and past president of the University of Texas at Brownsville Development Board. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
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