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The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board was created by the Texas Legislature in 1965 to "provide leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students." The Coordinating Board meets quarterly in Austin. Board meetings are usually broadcast via the Internet as well.

The Board is made up of nine members appointed by the Governor for six-year terms. The Governor also appoints the chair and vice-chair. No Board member may be employed in education, serve as a community college trustee or university regent. Board Members serve on the following Standing Committees. Additionally, Advisory Committees provide guidance to the Board on various topics. 

Messages may be sent to the Board or to individual Board Members via:
    Email:  boardmember@thecb.state.tx.us
    Mail:    c/o THECB, PO Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711
    Phone: (512) 427-6104
    Fax:     (512) 427-6127 

Board Operating Policies and Procedures 
Information for Non-Voting Student Representatives
2017 Quarterly Board and Committee Meeting Dates
2018 Quarterly Board and Committee Meeting Dates


Board Member Profiles:

Robert "Bobby" Jenkins Jr., Chair
Term Expires: August 31, 2017

 Bobby Jenkins

Bobby Jenkins of Austin was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott on October 21, 2015 as Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term set to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Jenkins has served as Vice Chairman of the Coordinating Board since September 2013. Jenkins is a board member and past chairman of the Better Business Bureau Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Alzheimer’s Association, chairman of the Austin American Heart Association, and board member of United Way of Austin. Currently, he serves on the Agricultural Development Council and Mays Business School Development Council at Texas A&M University. He is the co-founder and board chairman of Recognize Good and past chairman and board member of Austin Gives.

Additionally, he is past chairman of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and Caritas of Austin, past president of both the Texas and National Pest Management Associations, and past tri-chairman for the bond oversight committee with Austin Independent School District. Jenkins received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Stuart W. Stedman, Vice-Chair
Term Expires: August 31, 2021


Stuart W. Stedman of Houston was appointed to a three-year term on March 9, 2016, by Governor Greg Abbott. Mr. Stedman is the president of Stedman West Interests, Inc., a family investment office that manages the assets of the Stedman West family. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he received a B.A. in Plan II (1979), a J.D. (1985), and an M.B.A (1985). He is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas (inactive status).

Mr. Stedman serves on the Advisory Board of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and has been involved in wildlife research and conservation for many years. He has supported and designed numerous research projects focused on the white-tailed deer and has written numerous articles on white-tailed deer management. He received the Texas Outdoorsman of the Year award in 2009, the DAR Conservation Committee award in 2012, and the Harvey Weill Sportsman Conservationist of the Year award in 2014. He is also the past chairman of Texas Parks & Wildlife's Operation Game Thief committee.

Mr. Stedman serves as the vice-chair of the Liberal Arts Council, and he is member of the University of Texas Development Board and the Blanton Museum's National Leadership Board. He is also a member of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute board of directors in Houston. Mr. Stedman formerly served as a trustee of the Texas Children's Hospital and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.



John T. Steen, Jr., Secretary of the Board
Term Expires:  August 31, 2019

 John Steen

John Steen of San Antonio is an attorney and investor who served as the 108th Texas secretary of state. He is a 30-year member and former vice chairman of the UTSA Development Board, an Executive Committee member of the Chancellor's Council of the UT System, a trustee of both the Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Foundation, a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, and a director of the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County. He is a member of the Distinguished Leaders Council of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. Last year he was selected and unanimously confirmed by the San Antonio City Council to serve on the five-member Board of Trustees that oversees CPS Energy, the nation's largest municipally owned electric and gas utility.

A sixth-generation Texan born and raised in San Antonio, Mr. Steen received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton in 1971. At Princeton, he was selected as an undergraduate member of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from which he received an S.P.I.A. certificate. Following his 1974 graduation from Texas Law School where he was a member of the Texas Law Review as well as Phi Delta Phi, he returned to his hometown to practice. He has been president/chairman of over ten local nonprofits including the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, San Antonio Academy Board of Trustees, San Antonio Performing Arts Association, Coliseum Advisory Board (now Community Arenas Board), and World Affairs Council of San Antonio. He is a past trustee and vice chairman of the San Antonio Community College District (now Alamo Colleges) and a past trustee of Austin College. He has served the state as a member of the Texas Commission on Economy and Efficiency in State Government, commissioner and chair of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety. While secretary of state, he was the state's border commerce coordinator and chaired the Border Trade Advisory Committee.

Formerly a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, Mr. Steen is an honor graduate of the Army's Military Police School. Twice he received the Commander's Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army. He is a distinguished alumnus of San Antonio Academy, was honored two times for his philanthropy by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and received the Dream Maker Award from the Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation. He is an honorary Texas Ranger captain.

Mr. Steen and his wife, Weisie, are members of First Presbyterian Church. They have been married 38 years. They have three children, all of whom are married and reside in Houston, as well as four granddaughters, including identical twins born in 2012.


Arcilia C. Acosta 
Term Expires: August 31, 2019


Arcilia C. Acosta of Dallas is owner/CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction and STL Engineers. She currently serves on the board of directors of Energy Future Holdings Corporation, parent company of TXU Energy, Oncor Services and Luminant Power, and is also a board director of Legacy Texas Financial Group, N.A. (LTXB), a bank holding company. She also serves on the board of TPG Energy Holdings (TPGEU). Additionally, she is a member of the National Women’s Energy Directors Network and a former member of the National Alumni Board for Texas Tech University.

Ms. Acosta was commencement speaker at Texas Tech University, Spring 2015; Texas Women's University; Fall 2016; and Mountain View College, Spring 2016.  She is a graduate from Texas Tech University; recipient of the Board Director certification from Southern Methodist University Southwest School of Banking; and is a graduate of the Harvard University Business School Corporate Governance Program.

S. Javaid Anwar
Term Expires: August 31, 2021

 S. Javaid Anwar 

S. Javaid Anwar was born in Karachi, Pakistan and upon completing his high school education, he immigrated to the United States where he attended the University of Wyoming and received his degree in Petroleum Engineering. Upon graduation, Anwar began a career in oil and gas in Texas that has continued for nearly forty years and led to his foundation and ownership of several oil and gas exploration companies and related entities.

In 2011, he received the Outstanding Businessman and Entrepreneur Award from the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce-USA.  In 2012, he received the Man of the Year award from Safeer-A-Pakistan.  In 2014, President George W. Bush presented Anwar the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Permian Basin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In that same year, then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst presented him the Businessman of the Year award from the South Asian Chamber of Commerce in Houston.

In 2014, Anwar also received humanitarian awards from the Pakistan Citizens Foundation and the Human Development Foundation. This year, he received the Golden Hammer Award by Midland Habitat for Humanity.



Fred Farias III, O.D.
Term Expires: August 31, 2019

 Fred Farias Photo

Fred Farias III of McAllen, Texas was appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Greg Abbott in February 2015, and serves as vice chair for the Committee on Academic and Workforce Success.  He is also a member of the Agency Operations Committee. 

Dr. Farias, a Rio Grande Valley native, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin before graduating a Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.  He is CEO of 20/20 Vision Care in McAllen and has served as president of the Texas Optometric Association and is a former president of the Rio Grande Valley Optometric Association.  He is an active member of the American Optometric Association and is the only Rio Grande Valley optometrist who is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

In 2001, Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Optometry Board where he served for seven years, in part as chair of the Licensing and Administration Committee. Dr. Farias serves on The University of Texas (UT) Development Board, the UT System Chancellor's Executive Committee, and has served on the UT College of Communication Advisory Council.  He also serves on the UT Longhorn Athletic Advisory Council and Co-Founded the UT Hispanic Alumni Committee of the Texas Exes in 2001.

Dr. Farias received the Young Optometrist of the Year Award from the Texas Optometric Association in 1998 and the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award by the UT Alumni Association in 2002.  In 2015, he was awarded the Texas Optometrist of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association.  He was the recepient of the 2016 National Optometrist of the Year by the American Optometric Association and has been honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by Southern College of Optometry. 

Dr. Farias is also active in the McAllen community, serving as chair of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council.  And he is a charter member of the American Optometric Association Optometry Cares Foundation. He previously has served on several boards, including those of the Vannie E. Cook Cancer Center and the Rio Grande Valley Arthritis Foundation.


Ricky A. Raven
Term Expires: August 31, 2021

Ricky A. Raven of Sugar Land is partner at Reed Smith. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, State Bar of Texas International Association of Defense Counsel, United States Supreme Court Bar, Houston Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Association. He sits on the boards of the Houston Community College Foundation, University of Houston Alumni Association, and the Yellowstone Academy.

Additionally, he is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation and member of University of Houston Foundation Board of Trustees, Houston Police Officers' Civil Service Commission and the Houston Golf Association. Raven received a Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from the University of Houston.

Janelle Shepard
Term Expires: August 31, 2017

 Janelle Shepard 2015

Janelle Shepard of Weatherford was appointed to the Coordinating Board by Governor Rick Perry.  She will serve a six-year term. She serves as chair of the Committee on Academic and Workforce Success, and as a member of the Agency Operations Committee.  

Ms. Shepard is a registered nurse, board certified case manager and a senior director in population health at Texas Health Resources. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Case Management Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Shepard is a past member and past board secretary of the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. She received a BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.

Andrias R. "Annie" Jones
Student Representative


Andrias R. "Annie" Jones of McAllen is pursuing a law degree and a master's degree of public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin.  She received a bachelor's degree in German studies from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in politics, with distinction from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.  She has worked in multiple Texas executive branch agencies and during three legislative sessions of the Texas Legislature.  Her higher education-related experience includes researching for a university strategic planning division, clerking in the Office of General Counsel at The University of Texas System, and interning in the Senate Higher Education Committee in the Texas Legislature.

Raymund A. Paredes
Commissioner of Higher Education

 Raymund A. Paredes

Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Dr. Paredes spent most of his academic career at UCLA where for 30 years he taught as an English professor and serving ten years as vice chancellor for Academic Development.  In addition, he served as special assistant to the president of the University of California System in outreach efforts to improve access to higher education for students from educationally disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining the Coordinating Board, Dr. Paredes was director of creativity and culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, then vice president for programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  

Dr. Paredes is a former member of the national board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters; was appointed to the Education Commission of the States by Governor Rick Perry; he served as a trustee of The College Board and Mercy College of New York, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust. In 2007, he was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine's 100 Most Influential Hispanics. 

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