Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Stephen F. Austin University Board Of Regents

August 17, 2015 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Alton Frailey of Katy, Nelda Blair of The Woodlands and re-appointed Dr. Scott Coleman of Houston to the Stephen F. Austin University Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2021.

Alton Frailey is the superintendent for Katy Independent School District. He is responsible for the daily operations of Katy ISD’s 60 campuses, over 70,000 students and more than 8,500 employees. Prior to joining Katy ISD, he served as superintendent for the DeSoto Independent School District, a suburb of Dallas, Texas and Cincinnati Public Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Previously, Frailey served a number of roles with increasing responsibility in Spring Branch ISD, including: Assistant Superintendent in 2002, Area Superintendent from 1999-2002 and Executive Director of Governmental Operations from 1997-1999. Frailey’s career started in 1983 as a teacher in Goose Creek ISD, where he eventually became an assistant principal, prior to joining Spring Branch ISD. Currently, Frailey is the president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, the past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators, treasurer of Texas School Alliance and secretary-treasurer of Urban Superintendents Association of America.  He serves on the board of directors for Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Katy Area Economic Development Council, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, West Houston Association and The Bible Seminary. He is a member of the Rotary Club. His professional associations have included leadership positions such as chair of Legislative Council for University Interscholastic League, president of Texas Association of Suburban/Mid Urban Schools and board member for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Frailey has received numerous honors and awards including Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator, Region 4 Superintendent of the Year, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, Trailblazer Award by South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Inc., Center for Children & Families Most Valuable Partner Award, Irvin Westheimer Medallion Award for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Recognized as “Most Influential” in Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati and Outstanding Young Men of America. Frailey earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Educational Administration from Stephen F. Austin University. He received his superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Nelda Luce Blair is president and owner of The Blair Law Firm, P.C., and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in three areas of real estate law. After a 20-year litigation practice, Blair now provides legal consultation services. For two years, Blair litigated cases in front of a real judge and TV camera as part of a FOX television series, and she continues to periodically appear as a legal commentator on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and Court TV. She has authored over 100 articles published in professional journals. Currently, Blair serves as president of the Conroe ISD Education Foundation, board member on the Lone Star College System Chancellor's Advisory Council, board member of the Texas Conference for Women and board member for the Economic Development Partnership of The Woodlands. She is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Association of Realtors. Blair has held several leadership positions including chairman of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, director on the Board of The Woodlands Township, past chairman of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce. She has received gubernatorial appointments to serve on the University of Houston Board of Regents and the Texas Economic Development Corporation. Blair has received numerous honors including the 2011 North Houston Association North Star Award, being named one of Houston's Most Influential Women of 2009 by Houston Woman magazine, "Citizen of the Year 2009" by the Greater Houston Women's Chamber, and as a "Hometown Hero" of The Woodlands. Blair earned her bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law, Sociology and Economics from Baylor University. Upon graduation, she received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Dr. Scott Coleman is a dentist in private practice and a clinical adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He has lectured internationally and published articles on dental techniques and technology. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, American Academy of Dental Practice Administrators, Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics and Greater Houston Dental Society. He is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Academic Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. Coleman is serving on the board of directors for the Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts of America and as a Deacon and Director of Sunday School at Second Baptist Church. He is a member of the Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship, Give Back a Smile, and International Medical Outreach which provide free dental care to underprivileged children. Previously, he has served in leadership positions as the president of the Academy of General Dentistry and board member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Notably, Coleman is an Eagle Scout and has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America with the prestigious Silver Beaver award for his distinguished service. Coleman received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stephen F. Austin University. Upon graduation, he earned his doctorate degree in dental surgery from University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. Coleman is also a licensed pilot.