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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 Standing Committees. Advisory Committees provide guidance to the Board on various topics. Board members may be emailed at boardmember@thecb.state.tx.us with the subject line: Attn:  Board Member.

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Profiles


Harold W. Hahn - Chair
Term Expires: August 31, 2019

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX  78711
(512)427-6101
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 Harold Hahn
Harold W. Hahn, of El Paso, Texas, was reappointed to a six-year term and named chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Rick Perry. He also serves as ex-officio for all board committees.  

Mr. Hahn is chairman and CEO of Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company, a mortgage banking company serving the west Texas and southern New Mexico markets.  The company is active in land development, residential construction lending, loan origination and loan servicing.

Most recently, Hr. Hahn served as chairman of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, the primary entity responsible for major transportation infrastructure development in the El Paso region.  Additionally, Mr. Hahn serves as a director of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Yucca Council, Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Paso Del Norte Group.  He is a past president of the El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association and a past director of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.  He has also served as an advisory director for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in El Paso. 

Mr. Hahn has been awarded the Mortgage Banker of the Year by the El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association and has also been awarded the Sportsman of the Year by the El Paso Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.  He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1973 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance.

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

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 427-6101
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 Bobby Jenkins

Bobby Jenkins of Austin was appointed to a six-year term on September 1, 2011, by Governor Rick Perry. In September 2013, Governor Perry named Mr. Jenkins vice chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Mr. Jenkins also serves as vice chair of the Agency Operations Committee, as interim chair of the Committee on Affordability, Accountability, and Planning and as chair of the Task Force on Graduate Health Professions.

Mr. Jenkins is president of ABC Home and Commercial Services.   He is chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Caritas of Austin, Austin American Heart Association Heart Walk, and Austin Independent School District Bond Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture Development Council, and past president of the Better Business Bureau of Central Texas, National Pest Management Association, and Texas Pest Control Association. He is also past chair of the Austin Alzheimer's Association and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. Jenkins received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.


David D. Teuscher, M.D. - Secretary
Term Expires: August 31, 2017  

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 P.O. Box 12788
 Austin, TX 78711
 (512) 427-6101
 (512) 427-6127 - Fax

David Teuscher

David Teuscher of Beaumont was appointment to a six-year term by Governor Rick Perry. He serves as a vice chair for the Committee on Affordability, Accountability, and Planning, as a member of the Committee on Academic and Workforce Success, and the Task Force on Graduate Health Professions.

A lifelong beneficiary and believer in higher education, Dr. Teuscher has an orthopaedic surgery sports medicine practice at the Beaumont Bone & Joint Institute. He serves the youth of the region as a team physician for Lamar University NCAA teams and several local high schools.

Dr. Teuscher earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, before completing his post-graduate training at The Brooke Army Medical Center on historic Fort Sam Houston, Texas. A U.S. Army veteran, David was decorated for service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Dr. Teuscher is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Texas Medical Association. He serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association and the American Orthopaedic Association for Sports Medicine. He recently completed service as the Vice-Chairman of the Texas Youth Commission.


Dora G. Alcalá
Term Expires: August 31, 2015

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
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 Dora Alcala

Dora G. Alcalá is the former Mayor of the City of Del Rio, Texas.  She was sworn in May 9, 2000 and is the first woman elected Mayor in the history of Del Rio, serving three terms.  In her previous career she worked as a Management Consultant and motivational speaker for her company, Alcalá & Associates, which she formed after her retirement.  Dora served 37 years as a civilian for the Department of Defense, United States Air Force and worked in the area of Human Resources Management, Financial Management, Education and Equal Employment Opportunity.

Career Highlights:  In 1990, Dora received a presidential appointment from President George H.W. Bush as the Deputy for Equal Opportunity for the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Senior Executive (SES).  During her assignments in the area of Human Resources Management, she worked as Director of Personnel in Air Force bases in Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Florida, Madrid, Spain and the Pentagon, Washington D.C.  

Family Background:  Dora was born in Del Rio, Texas.  She is the eldest of six children born to Antonio & Elisa Gonzalez.  Her parents, first generation Mexican-Americans, were great believers in educating their children.  Although they only attended school to the Second grade level, they succeeded, with much sacrifice, in educating all their children.  Today, all of Dora's siblings have college degrees, including a Doctorate's.   As a young girl, Dora traveled to California with the family to work in the fields as a migrant worker.  When the work in California was over, they would travel back to Texas to pick cotton.  After all the migrant work was over, they would return to Del Rio in the middle of the school semester.  Dora has never forgotten her father's famous words:  "If you don't want to spend the rest of your lives working in the fields, you must never forget how hard it is to do manual labor, and when we get back home, you must always study hard and get the best education you can."

Education:  Dora has a Master's degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO, a Bachelor of Arts degree (Cum Laude) from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX, and an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Texas Jr. College in Uvalde, TX.  She is also a graduate of Air University's Academic Instructor's School and later became the Director of the Center for Professional Personnel Management & Development for the Air Force at Maxwell-Gunter AFB, in Montgomery, Al.

Recognition and Awards:  Dora received some of the highest awards during her career with the United States Air Force.  Through her involvement with the community wherever she was assigned she also received numerous awards and recognition:  She is a recipient of the Governor of New Mexico's Distinguished Public Service Award, and California's Hispanic Woman of the year award presented by the Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation.  Another national award was the Washington DC National Council of Hispanic Woman of the year.  In December 1988, she was featured on the cover of Hispanic Times Magazine and also received the Yellow Rose of Texas Award from Governor George W. Bush.  In 2012, Sul Ross named her a Distinguished Alumnus and the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) selected her as one of the recipients of TAMACC's Woman of Distinction Award.

Community Service:  Dora serves on numerous boards and commissions.  At the local level she serves on the Board of Directors of the Border Federal Credit Union, President of United Way of Del Rio/ Val Verde County, the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Daughters and the Pan American Round Table.  She is Secretary of the Finance Council of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and also serves as a Lector.  She had the privilege of serving on the Department of Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Military and also served six years on the Council of Governments for the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and the Border Infrastructure Coalition.

Governor Perry Appointments:   Past appointments by Governor Rick Perry include: Texas Military Preparedness Commission, Governing Board of Texas Department of Rural Affairs, the Regional Review Committee, and the Board of Regents for the Texas State University System.  The latest appointment in 2014, is to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Personal:  Dora was married for 43 years to the late Alfonso Alcala'.  Together they had three daughters (Diane, Monica and Nora).  In 1985, an avid runner, Dora completed the Madrid Spain marathon and ran several half marathons in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In 2010, the City of Del Rio named the trail along the San Felipe Creek "Mayor Dora Alcalá Hike and Bike Trail."


Ambassador Sada Cumber
Term Expires: August 31, 2015

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX  78711
(512) 427-6101

 Sada Cumber

Sada Cumber of Sugarland was appointed by Governor Rick Perry.  Mr. Cumber possesses a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, executive, fiduciary, diplomat and civic leader. He has earned the trust of investors, the business community, and state and federal leaders. His experience, relationships and sound ethical approach to corporate governance qualify him uniquely as an independent director, senior executive, outside consultant or special advisor to well-suited companies.  

Over the past 30 years, he has founded a dozen enterprises and successfully negotiated several exit transactions. Mr. Cumber's entrepreneurial success rests upon a combination of sound business instincts, extensive experience in corporate governance and leadership, as well as a detailed understanding of multiple industries, including imaging technology, cyber-security and consumer products.   

Mr. Cumber has broad experience in the areas of board oversight, senior management strategies, business development, corporate funding/finance, strategic marketing, international business, cross corporate relations/alliances, spin-offs, start-ups and turnarounds, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property development and licensing, and brings to bear an applied expertise in harnessing internal and external forces that drive an enterprise.   

His seasoned leadership skills have earned him a reputation for being fair, self-assured, decisive and trustworthy.  

Mr. Cumber's recent corporate experience and achievements include:

  • Founder & Chairman of SozoTek, Inc., a developer and provider of digital image enhancement technology to wireless imaging service providers (2003-Present)
  • Founder & Chairman of TCMS, LLC, a developer and licensor of proprietary digital technology for the medical and cosmetic industries (2005-Present)
  • Principal of Texas Global, LLP, an Austin-based consultancy focusing on the strategic intersection of business, government and public affairs (2005-Present)
  • Founder, Chairman & CEO of Psionic Technologies, Inc., an internet security software company that was acquired by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) (1999-2003)
  • Founder & Vice Chairman of Applied Science Fiction, a developer of digital dry film process and digital photo enhancement and restoration technology whose assets were acquired by Kodak (NYSE: EK) (1995-2003)
  • Founder & Chairman of Al-Hambra Chamber of Commerce (2008-Present)

In addition to his business and entrepreneurial accomplishments, he has served on numerous community boards, civic organizations, advisory councils and foundations, including:

  • Texas Governor's Business Council (appointed by Governor Rick Perry)
  • Texas Economic Development Board (appointed by Governor Rick Perry)
  • Governor's Task Force on Higher Education (appointed by Governor Rick Perry)
  • Chairman and Author of "Texas 5-Year Strategic Plan for International Business"
  • Executive Committee: World Congress on Information Technology
  • Author of a White Paper on developing Texas into a global brand for the 21st century
  • Chairman, Small Business Council, Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Advisory Council, College of Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • President, His Highness the Aga Khan Council for Southwest USA (two terms)
  • Board of Trustees, Photo Marketing Association International
  • Board of Trustees, Digital Imaging Marketing Association

In international public service, he was appointed as an Ambassador by President George W. Bush serving as first U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). He also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Mr. Cumber's major diplomatic achievements include:

  • Architect of U.S. strategy promoting positive relations with the OIC and its 57 member nations.
  • Leading advocate of democracy and freedom in the Middle East, speaking at universities and other public spaces (inspiring many of those who would later participate in the Arab Spring).
  • At the request of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, led a U.S. delegation to a U.N. conference on interfaith dialogue and religious defamation.
  • Leading role in U.S. dialogue with several Muslim nations with which the U.S. has a challenged relationship. Became the face and voice of U.S. public diplomacy in global Muslim communities, building strong governmental and people-to-people ties.
  • Authored an intelligence White Paper on improving US performance in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.
  • Represented the U.S. government in an interfaith dialogue between the Vatican and Muslim Nations.

Christopher M. Huckabee
Term Expires: August 31, 2019

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
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 Chris Huckabee

Christopher M Huckabee of Fort Worth, Texas was first appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in May of 2013 by Governor Rick Perry. In September 2013, he was reappointed to a six-year term.  Mr. Huckabee serves as chair of the Agency Operations Committee and as a member of the Committee on Affordability, Accountability and Planning.

Mr. Huckabee is the CEO of Huckabee Architecture, Engineering and Program Management, a 46-year old firm dedicated to K-12 Educational Design.  He received his B-Arch from Texas Tech University in 1991 and is a registered architect in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas and Georgia.  Mr. Huckabee also holds National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification (NCARB).

Currently, Mr. Huckabee serves on the Board of Trustees for Cook Children's Health Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth; he is currently the Chair of the Cook Children's Development Committee.  He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of North Texas and is active in the Fort Worth Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

When he's not working, Chris spends time with his wife Robin and their three children, Andrew, Mason Elizabeth, and Harris Anne. Chris is an avid runner and likes to challenge his family to a join him on various marathon and half-marathon runs around Texas.


Jacob M. Monty
Term Expires: August 31, 2015 

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
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 Jacob Monty
Jacob M. Monty of Houston was appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Rick Perry on January 17, 2014. Mr. Monty is the managing partner of Monty & Ramirez, the largest Hispanic-owned employment and immigration law firm in the Southwest. He specializes in employment, labor, and immigration issues and represents employers in investigations and audits conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Monty represented companies in 2 of the 3 largest ICE raids in US history. In 2005, President George Bush appointed Jacob to the Board of Directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and North American Development Bank (NADB).

In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the University of Houston's Board of Regents. He is the author of "The Gringo's Guide to Hispanics in the Workplace," and "The Gringo's Guide to Comprehensive Immigration Reform."


Janelle Shepard
Term Expires: August 31, 2017

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
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 Janelle Shepard

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.


John T. Steen, Jr.
Term Expires:  August 31, 2019

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 John Steen

John Steen of San Antonio was appointed to the Coordinating Board by Governor Rick Perry.  He is an attorney who recently served as the 108th Texas Secretary of State. As the state's Border Commerce Coordinator, he chaired the Border Trade Advisory Committee. He is vice chairman of the UTSA Development Board, an Executive Committee member of the Chancellor's Council of the UT System, a trustee of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and member of the Philosophical Society of Texas. 

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 graduation from Texas Law School in 1974, he returned to his hometown to practice. He has been president/chairman of ten local nonprofits including the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, San Antonio Academy Board of Trustees, San Antonio Performing Arts Association, 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 theTexas Department of Public Safety.

Formerly a 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 twice with the Philanthropy Award from 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 is a member of First Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Weisie, have been married 35 years and have three children and two granddaughters, identical twins born in 2012.


Gerald T. Korty  - Student Representative
Term Expires: May 31, 2015

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P.O. Box 12788
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Jerry Korty

Jerry Korty of Fort Worth, Texas was appointed to a one-year term as the student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Rick Perry. Mr. Korty serves as a non-voting member for each of the board committees.

Mr. Korty received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with minors in Philosophy and Biology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. As an undergraduate student, he served as the president of the Purdue Reamer Club, a spirit organization, and driver of the Boilermaker Special, the school's official mascot. He trained and became nationally certified as a basic emergency medical technician. He served on the Vision 2020 strategic planning committee for his parish, St. Mary's Cathedral. He also received a Master of Science degree in Medical Sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth.

Mr. Korty is currently a first year Osteopathic medical student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. In addition to his role on the Coordinating Board, he is currently serving as the Honor Code representative for his medical school class. He is a tutor at the Center for Academic Performance and an orientation leader for new students at UNTHSC. He is also a member of Sigma Sigma Phi, the honorary service fraternity for Osteopathic students.

Mr. Korty is an Eagle Scout and a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is also a mentor through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 program.


Raymund A. Paredes - Commissioner of Higher Education

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P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
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 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. 

Dr. Paredes was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  After graduation from El Paso High School, he attended The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.A. in English.  He served in the U.S. Army for two years, including a 14-month tour with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam.  After separation from military service, he resumed his education, receiving a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. in American Civilization in 1973, from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

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