Dr. Frank B. Ashley, III,
is the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Texas A&M
System. Before his appointment in May, 2007, he was the Dean of the College of Education and
Human Services at Texas A&M University at Commerce. Before joining TAMU-Commerce,
he served as Acting Assistant Provost for Enrollment at Texas A&M University
at College Station. His research focuses on the sociologic and
economic aspects of sports. An international authority on sport
management, Dr. Ashley is a contributing editor for the Research
Digest of the Journal of Sport Management, and the author of articles
in such journals as The International Journal of Sport Management,
Sport Marketing Quarterly, The Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport
and The Journal of Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics.
Ashley is past president of the North American Society for Sport
Management and has lectured on international perspectives on sport
management throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada,
Mexico and South Africa.
Honorable Eliot Shapleigh has just completed his fourth
session as a legislator. During the 2003 Legislative Session,
Shapleigh was appointed to the Finance Committee as well as being
named chairman of the subcommittee on BRAC (Base Realignment
and Closure). He was also appointed to the International Relations
and Trade Committee; the Infrastructure Development and Security
Committee; and the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Committee. Upon completion of the 78th Legislative session,
Shapleigh was selected as one of the top legislators by the
Classroom Teachers Association. After the 77th Legislative session,
he was named the Texas Legislator of the Year by the Mexican
American Bar Association. During his four sessions, he has authored or sponsored more than 350 bills,
with particular focus on education, economic development, infrastructure,
technology and health care. As an advocate for
El Paso and other border communities, he is also interested in
raising per capita income and boosting economic prosperity along
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G. Ellis is currently serving his fifth term
as a Texas State Senator (Democrat) and has earned praise as a
legislative leader on tax cuts, civil rights, education, economic
development and workforce development issues. Ellis is an attorney
and investment banker who received his M.P.A. from the LBJ School
of Public Affairs and his J.D. from the University of Texas Law
Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juarez is President of Texas A&M at Kingsville.
areas of special interest are sociology of health, social gerontology,
health services research, sociological theory, minority populations,
social change and environmental health. He has published research
pertaining to the Hispanic elderly, vital and health statistics,
Texas-Mexico Border demographics and health statistics, diabetes
in Hispanic populations and educational aspirations of Hispanic
Diana Natalicio is President of the University of Texas at
El Paso (UTEP). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University
of Texas at Austin and was a Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro.
She is the recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education
and was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. Natalicio
serves on numerous boards including the National Science Board,
the Space Foundation Board, and the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for
Science. She also sits on the Advisory Commission on Educational
Excellence for Hispanic Americans, the President's Committee on
the Arts and Humanities, and the National Commission on Teaching
and America's Future.
Dr. Raymund A. Paredes is the Commissioner of Higher Education
at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Prior to coming
to the Coordinating Board, Dr. Paredes was Vice President for
Programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) where he was
responsible for scholarship and outreach programs. Before joining
HSF, he was Director of Creativity & Culture at The Rockefeller
Foundation from 2001 to 2003.
Alice Goodwin Reinarz began her career in research and
has evolved to roles in undergraduate education and administration.
Her current position is Interim Assistant Provost for Enrollment
and Clinical Professor of Pathobiology at Texas A&M University.
She was previously at the University of Michigan as Director
of the Academic Advising Center for the College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts and LS&A Director of Inteflex, a joint
program of the undergraduate college and the medical school.
Dr. Ricardo Romo is President of the University of Texas at San
Antonio. He is respected as an urban historian and is the author
of: East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio. He received his Ph.D.
from the University of California at Los Angeles and prior to
assuming the presidency of UTSA, he was Vice Provost for undergraduate
education at the University of Texas at Austin.
John Stevens is Executive Director of the Texas Business
and Education Coalition and works toward the goal of improving
Texas public schools. He is founder and Chairman of the Texas Principals
Leadership Initiative and Chairman of the School Finance Data Mart
Steering Committee. Stevens serves on several committees including
the Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Accountability, the Texas
ACT Council Advisory Committee, and Advisory Committee for the
Eisenhower Science Collaboratives. He also created and served as
Executive Producer of the award-winning television series, Inside
Your Schools, which focused on major issues in public education.
Larry D. Terry is Executive Vice Provost and Professor
of Public Administration at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. Terry received his graduate degrees from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (Ph.D.) and University of Missouri-Columbia
(M.S.). He is widely known for his book, The Leadership of
Public Bureaucracies: The Administrator As Conservator 2nd ed.
(M.E. Sharpe, 2002). This book is currently used in graduate and
executive development programs throughout the world. Leadership
of Public Bureaucracies is recognized by many as an emerging classic
in the field public administration and public affairs.
Dr. Johnny L. Veselka has been Executive Director of the Texas
Association of School Administrators (TASA) since January 1, 1986.
He has been employed by TASA since August 1974. Veselka received a Bachelors of Arts degree from St. Mary’s
University in San Antonio in 1969, a Master of Arts degree from
St. Mary’s in 1973, and a Master of Education degree
from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. In 1979, Veselka
was selected to participate in the Cooperative Superintendency
Program, a doctoral superintendency training program jointly
sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas
Education Agency. Veselka earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration
from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982.
Dr. Bruce Walker has served as Associate VP for Student Affairs
and Director of Admissions at UT Austin, coming from an 11-year
stint as Associate Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid at
the University of Delaware. Bruce served, from 1977 to 1985 as
Director for Admissions and Guidance Services in the Southwest
Regional Office of the College Board following 4 years as Associate
Director of Admissions at the University of North Texas.
Bruce has been involved with the College Board for many years
and currently serves on the SAT Committee and the National Guidance
and Admission Assembly Council. He has served on the faculty
of the College Board/North Carolina Summer Institute for Admissions
and Financial Aid and as a visiting faculty member at the College
Board/Harvard Summer Institute. Bruce holds an Ed.D degree from the University of North Texas; and M.Ed
from Texas Christian University and an undergraduate degree from Southwestern
College in Waxahachie, Texas.
The Honorable Royce West is Senator of the 23rd District in Texas.
He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at
Arlington and his J.D. from the University of Houston. He is
a senior partner with the law firm of Robinson, West and Gooden,
P.C. Senator West has served on various boards and committees,
including the Board of Directors of the Texas Defense Lawyers
Association and the Texas Criminal Justice Task Force. He is
also a sponsor of the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program.
The Honorable Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), who represents the
21st Senatorial District, is the senior senator from the border
and Bexar County. Elected in 1986, she is the first Hispanic
woman senator in Texas, the first to serve as President Pro Tempore
of the Texas Senate, and Texas Governor for a Day. Zaffirini
was re-appointed to three consecutive terms as Chair of the Senate
Health and Human Services Committee and to the Senate Committees
on Finance and on Education. In 1999 she was appointed Chair
of the Senate Human Services Committee and a member of the Senate
Committee on Education, the Subcommittee on Higher Education,
and the Special Committee on Border Affairs. Dr. Zaffirini, is an award-winning communications specialist with 13 years
of teaching experience, both at the college and university levels, and more
than 20 years of public speaking experience. A distinguished communicator,
educator, and leader, she holds bachelor of science, master of arts and
PhD degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.