Governor Abbott Appoints Three To University of Houston System Board of Regents

November 8, 2019 | Austin, Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Durga Agrawal, Ph.D. and appointed Alonzo Cantu and John McCall, O.D. to the University of Houston (UH) System Board of Regents for terms set to expire August 31, 2025.

Durga Agrawal, Ph.D. of Houston president and CEO of Piping Technology and Products. He currently serves as the chair of the UH System Board of Regents Endowment Committee. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and the Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association Management Committee and a former member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Additionally, he is member of the UH Engineering Leadership Board, UH Advisory Board, and India House, Inc. He also serves as an advisor and past president of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, director for the Agrawal Association of America, and as a volunteer for the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors. Agrawal received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delhi: Delhi College of Engineering in India and a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering from UH.

Alonzo Cantu of McAllen is CEO and president of Cantu Construction & Development Company, chairman of Lone Star National Bank, and a board member at DHR Health (Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance). He is chairman and founder of Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) and a member of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Foundation Board. Cantu received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from UH.

John McCall, O.D. of Crockett is an optometrist, owner of Crockett Eye Clinic, and senior vice president of Vision Source, LP, and previously served as a Councilman and Mayor of the City of Crockett. He is a member and former president of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association, a diplomat and board certified by the American Board of Optometry, and a member of the Louisiana State Optometry Association. Additionally, he is a member and former president of the Crockett Jaycess and the Crockett Rotary Club. McCall received a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Optometry from UH.