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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To The University Of Texas System Board Of Regents

Monday, January 23, 2017  •  Austin, Texas   •  Appointment
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Governor Greg Abbott today announced the appointment of Janiece Longoria, Kevin Eltife, and Rad Weaver to The University of Texas System Board of Regents, effective Feb. 1, 2017, for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2023.

Janiece Longoria of Houston is Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Superior Energy Services, the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors, and the Texas Medical Center Board. Formerly, she was a named partner at the law firm of Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall LLP.  She is also a former vice chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and former board member of The University of Texas Investment Management Company.  She has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the University of Texas, the Sandra Day O’Connor Award For Board Excellence, the Female Executive of the Year Award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized as a “breakthrough woman” and inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  Longoria received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.

Kevin Eltife of Tyler is owner of Eltife Properties, Ltd.  He formerly served as senator for Texas Senate District 1, as the Mayor of Tyler, and on the Tyler City Council. He is also a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  During his career in the Texas Senate, he was elected President Pro Tempore and served as chairman of the Business and Commerce Committee and Administration Committee.  He also served as a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Natural Resources, International Relations, Open Government, Redistricting, and Facilities.  He is a director at Citizens 1st Bank and board member of the Tyler Police Foundation.  Eltife has received numerous recognitions, including the Texas Public Policy Foundation Champion of Limited Government Award and the Texas Press Association Friend of the 1st Amendment Award.  Eltife received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Rad Weaver of San Antonio is CEO of McCombs Partners. He was previously appointed by Gov. Abbott as presiding officer of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority.  He is chairman elect of the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and is a director for several private enterprises including Cox Enterprises.  He is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and is a member of several councils and boards for The University of Texas, including the Business School Advisory Council, Development Board and the Chancellor's Council. Weaver received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.