Board of Directors
Academic Board of Directors
The Academic Board of Directors is comprised of deans from the College of Engineering, Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and Mays Business School.
Professional Board of Directors
Frank M. Muller, Jr.
Frank M. Muller, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of TenX Technology. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1965, Mr. Muller was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He is a decorated Vietnam War veteran (Silver Star with two oak leaf clusters). He returned to Texas A&M University to earn an MBA. He is on the College of Liberal Arts Development Council, the Corps of Cadets Development Council, the Texas A&M Foundation Development Advisory Committee, the Texas A&M Research Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Center for International Business Studies Advisory Council. In recognition of his service to the University he was named Distinguished Alumnus in 1992 and a member of the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor in 2001. Mr. Muller currently serves as the Chairman of the PERC Board of Directors.
Kyle Bethancourt received a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University and a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pensylvania. Mr. Bethancourt is a Managing Director and co-founder of Sallyport Investments, LLC, (Sallyport) a private investment company that specializes in oilfield service, exploration and production, and pipeline transactions. Prior to Sallyport, Mr. Bethancourt was a Vice President at the Blackstone Group (Blackstone) where he worked for their credit division, GSO Capital Partners. His primary focus was on exploration and production investments with a focus on the Permian basin and the Utica shale. Mr. Bethancourt was also involved in the successful launch of the Franklin Square Energy & Power fund, which makes debt investments in energy-focused businesses. Previous to Blackstone, Mr. Bethancourt worked for D. E. Shaw & Co. (Shaw), a hedge fund based in New York City with $25 billion of assets under management. While at Shaw Mr. Bethancourt made investments in renewable and traditional power projects. He was involved with developing a portfolio of biomass power projects in central California and he also helped manage a portfolio of traditional natural gas fired facilities in the Midwest. Before Shaw, Mr. Bethancourt spent time working for the El Paso Corporation and for Merrill Lynch where he worked on debt and equity transactions totaling over $6 billion.
Bill Carter is a Certified Financial Planner and President of Carter Financial Management (CFM). In 1969, Mr. Carter received a degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and served as Student Body President. In 2000, Mr. Carter was presented with Texas A&M University's top honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, the first in his class to receive this honor. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the 12th Man Foundation, and he recently served on the Advisory Council to former Texas A&M President, Dr. Robert M. Gates. Mr. Carter was the Past President of the Dallas A&M Club, Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M University Foundation, and a former member of the Texas A&M University System Investment Advisory Committee. Mr. Carter serves on the Advisory Council to the Cadet Center for Leadership Excellence and the Presidential Board of Visitors for the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. In 2003, Mr. Carter was awarded the prestigious Jimmy Williams Distinguished Service Award by the Dallas A&M Club for his lifelong service to the Dallas A&M Club and Texas A&M University.
Dave Elmendorf is a Houston native who graduated from Westbury High School. He completed his college studies at Texas A&M University and graduated magna cum laude in 1971 with a B.S. in Economics. Selected in both the baseball and football drafts, Dave chose the L.A. Rams over the New York Yankees. He spent nine years as the Rams' strong safety, never missing a start, and finished an All-Pro career in the Super Bowl in 1980. His career after football has included the development and management of an upscale health club and a sports bar and restaurant. From 1987 through 1995, Dave worked as a general manager for American Golf Corporation, the world's largest golf course management firm. He then became the Director of Golf for Dolce International, which included operational responsibility for the Dolce golf properties and acquisition of new golf facilities as part of an aggressive growth plan. He is currently Executive Director of Operations for the William Charles Group, a professional golf services and development company. Dave is also the color commentator on the A&M Radio Network, broadcasting all Aggie football games on a 60+ station network. In 1996, he was named to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and in 1997, Dave was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. He and his wife, Mamie, live on a farm near Bryan.
William H. (Bill) Flores
William H. (Bill) Flores is President and CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company. Prior to co-founding Phoenix in 2006 Mr. Flores served four years as Senior Vice President and CFO of Gryphon Exploration Company and he served as CFO for two publicly traded energy service firms from 1986 through 1998. Mr. Flores currently serves in the following governance roles: Director of Phoenix Exploration Company, Commissioner of the Texas Real Estate Commission (appointed position), Director and Immediate Past President of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University, Member of the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University, and Director of the Alley Theatre of Houston. He has also served on boards of Marine Drilling Companies, Inc., FreeBirds, Inc. and The PARC, Inc. Mr. Flores graduated Cum Laude with a BBA from Texas A&M University in 1976 and in 1985, received an MBA from Houston Baptist University. Following graduation from Texas A&M, Mr. Flores has remained active with his Alma Mater. He currently serves as a member of the Mays Business School Advisory Board, the Corps of Cadets Development Council, Corps of Cadets Association, the Houston A&M Club, the Brazos County A&M Club, and has served in numerous other roles at Texas A&M University. In 2003, he was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University. Bill and his wife, Gina, have also been honored as Fish Camp namesakes. The Floreses have two sons.
Patrick Gamble retired from his distinguished career in the Air Force as a four-star general in 2001. He served as Commander of Pacific Air Forces from 1998 to 2001, Director of Air Force Air and Space Operations in 1998, and Commander of the Alaskan Command from 1996 to 1998. Gamble served as director of NATO Operations and Logistics, where he was responsible for the successfully transitioning of United Nations Bosnian peacekeeping into a comprehensive peacekeeping mission led by NATO international military combat coalition. He also served as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and established the first ever Character Development Center at the U.S. Military Academy. Following his career in the Air Force, Gamble was President/CEO of Alaska Railroad Corporation from 2001 to 2010, where he planned the first extension of the railroad since its creation in 1923. His leadership resulted in Alaska's longest bridge, permitting the U.S. Army unfettered year-round ground access to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. From 2010 to 2015, Gamble served as the President of the University of Alaska System, providing leadership to three independent universities and 13 community colleges. Gamble holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Auburn University. He was inducted into the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor in 2001. He was a member of the Texas A&M University President's Board of Visitors for the Corps of Cadets in 2004.
Randolph W. House
Randolph W. House graduated from Texas A&M University in 1968 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He received his Master's Degree from Clemson University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. General House has commanded at every level of command from an infantry platoon in the 82nd Airborne Division through Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command. In addition, he had five joint assignments where he worked closely with all our services and other governmental agencies. In July 1990, General House assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and commanded the brigade in southwest Asia during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Lieutenant General House retired in December 2000 after almost 33 years of service. General House's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); Distinguished Flying Cross (with three Oak Leaf Clusters); Soldier's Medal; Bronze Star Medal (with an Oak Leaf Cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters); 32 Air Medals; Army Commendation Medal (with an Oak Leaf Cluster); Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with two Silver Stars and two Bronze Stars); Southwest Asia Service Medal (with three Bronze Stars); Humanitarian Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Parachutist's Badge; Ranger Tab; Army Staff Identification Badge; Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge; and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Badge. In September 2005, he was inducted into the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor. Lieutenant General House and his wife, Jeanie, reside in College Station, Texas, where he operates the family ranch. He also serves as a consultant, using his skills learned in the military to advise such clients as the George Bush School of Government and Public Service and other non-Department of Defense companies in a strategic planning role. He is an active speaker in the areas of leadership, management, and national security and is a member of various advisory councils at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Nora Janjan
Dr. Nora Janjan held the position of Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. She served as President and Chair of the Board of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Dr. Janjan served on many national committees on the treatment of cancer, including Chair - Working Group on Palliative Care, End of Life Care and Pain Relief, and National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging; Member - American Society for Clinical Oncology, Cancer Education Committee for Optimizing Cancer Care, and American Society for Clinical Oncology Guidelines on the Use of Biophosphonates in Breast Cancer. She is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arizona and a 1979 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology. Both of these residencies were completed at the Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to being one of the world's premier radiologic oncologists, Dr. Janjan is a distinguished researcher who has produced more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has received many honors including: Fellow—American College of Physicians, Outstanding Teacher Award—Department of General Surgical Oncology, Fellow—American College of Radiology, and listed in "Best Doctors in America."
Willie T. Langston
Willie T. Langston graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1981. After graduation, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand for two years and became a Certified Public Accountant. He then attended Stanford's Graduate School of Business, receiving his MBA in 1985. Upon graduation, Mr. Langston joined Goldman Sachs' Private Wealth Management Division. In 1996 he joined Morgan Stanley where he worked until founding Avalon in 2001. Mr. Langston is a member of the Mays School of Business Advisory Board at Texas A&M and is an outside advisor to the Texas A&M Foundation Investment Committee. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Houston Christian High School and a deacon at Second Baptist Church. He is a former Trustee of the 12th Man Foundation, past President of the Houston Christian Educational Opportunities Foundation, and a past President of the Houston Chapter of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association.
Anthony J. Best serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Mary Land and Expedition Company. Mr. Best was previously President and CEO of Pure Resources, a Unocal Company, from February 2003, until his retirement in October 2005, when Chevron acquired Unocal. Before joining Pure Resources, Mr. Best established a consulting practice offering leadership and oil and gas consultation to startup companies and volunteer organizations. Mr. Best has been in the oil industry/energy business for over 26 years, including 21 years with ARCO. During his time with ARCO, he progressed through numerous Managerial positions, advancing to Vice President of External Affairs for ARCO Alaska, President of ARCO Permian in Midland, Texas, and President of ARCO Latin America in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Best currently serves as a board member for the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Texas Oil and Gas Association, Independent Producers Association of America, and he is the new President of the Corps of Cadets Association at Texas A&M University. He is also on the Executive Committee for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association as well as the Advisory Council for the Mechanical Engineering department at Texas A&M. Mr. Best earned a Master's of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska and a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Douglas R. DeCluitt
Douglas R. DeCluitt is Chairman of the Board and President of The Sovereign Corporation, a company that develops and manages apartment complexes in Texas and New Mexico. He is also Chairman of the Board and President of the Heritage Energy Corporation, an oil and gas operating company. Mr. DeCluitt is a former Texas A&M University Regent. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1957 and his MBA from Harvard University in 1962.
Jarrell Gibbs retired as President of TXU Corp., having served for 22 years in various executive positions including Vice Chairman and President of TXU Corp., President of TXU Electric and TXU Business Services, Chief Financial Officer of TXU Corp., and Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Texas Electric Service Division of TXU Electric. Prior to joining TXU, he served for over 20 years in the U.S. Army, during which time he commanded units on three continents, was an artillery battalion commander in the First Cavalry Division and served two tours in Viet Nam. His last assignment was with the Army General Staff in the Pentagon. Mr. Gibbs is currently active in private investments. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M Research Foundation and York College, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of TenX Technologies, a private corporation. He serves as chairman for the Aggie Spirit Development Council in Texas A&M University's "One Spirit One Vision" one billion dollar capital campaign, and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, the Advisory Council for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Leadership Council, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Leadership Council and the Corps Development Council. Mr. Gibbs holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Finance and a Master's degree in Management and Administration from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In October 1999, he was honored as an Outstanding Alumni - Mays Business School.
Celia Goode-Haddock is a prominent businesswoman in Bryan-College Station and a strong supporter of Texas A&M University. She is a native of Bryan-College Station, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972. She is President and majority stockholder of University Title Company and is active in many civic and professional organizations. Ms. Goode-Haddock also serves on the Real Estate Research Center Advisory Board appointed by former Governor Bush and is past Chairman of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce. She is an alumnus of Leadership Brazos, Leadership Texas and Leadership America. She was the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2001.
H. Pearson Knolle, Jr.
H. Pearson Knolle, Jr. is the owner and president of Sandia Agricultural Enterprises, Inc., in Sandia, Texas, a 1200 acre ranch and international agriculture consulting business. In 1976, the Knolle family was honored by Texas A&M University as "Centennial Leaders for Outstanding Contributions to Texas Agriculture During the Century of Change." Mr. Knolle is a graduate of Texas Tech University although he completed his first two years of undergraduate work here at Texas A&M University. He has a son and daughter, both of whom are graduates of Texas A&M University. His eldest daughter helps manage the Sandia ranch.
A. Dwain Mayfield
A. Dwain Mayfield retired as a vice president at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company developing leading marketing initiatives. As a member of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics management team, Mayfield served as a senior advisor for all LM Aero fighter and transport business development initiatives. He holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University, and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Texas Christian University. He is a member of the National Air Force Association and the Fort Worth Air Power Council.
Carroll W. Phillips
Carroll W. Phillips is a retired Vice Chairman of Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. A 1954 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA, he was named outstanding alumnus of the College of Business in 1994. He serves as a trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation and as a member of the Mays School of Business Development Council. He is also the Past President of the Texas Society of Certified Professional Accountants. Mr. Phillips is active in Houston civic and religious organizations.