Our Board of Trustees consists of seven former Texas A&M University students, each with extensive business experience. These individuals serve seven-year terms, during which they determine our investment and fundraising policies and approve our annual budget. Our trustees also oversee many of the Texas A&M Foundation’s recognition programs, such as the Sterling C. Evans Medal Award, the R. A. "Murray" Fasken '38 Partner in Philanthropy Award and the Trustees’ Outstanding Student Award.

 

William “Billy” Lemmons Jr. ’83
Chair
 

Billy Lemmons is a founder and managing partner of EnCap Flatrock Midstream, a venture capital firm in San Antonio. He is an Endowed Diamond Century Club Member and served on the Lead by Example National Campaign Council. He has also served as a representative on the Leadership Council of The Association of Former Students. He previously served on the MBA Program Advisory Board in Mays Business School and currently serves on the Board of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. He and his wife, Angie ’84, have established a faculty enrichment endowment in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, two endowed scholarships for students in Mays Business School and four scholarships for students in the Intelligence Studies Program at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. They also support student-athletes with a 12th Man Foundation 1922 Fund endowment. In 2020, they made a Pillar of the Aggie Network commitment to the new Aggie Park project on the campus of Texas A&M. The couple has three Aggie daughters: Hayley McQuaid ’15, Kelsey Lemmons ’18 and Avery Caudill ’22.


 

Gina Luna ’95
Chair-Elect
 

Gina Luna is a managing partner of Genesis Park and a founding partner of GP Capital Partners LP, an SBIC fund focused on making lower middle market debt and equity investments primarily in Texas and the Gulf Coast Region. She founded Luna Strategies in 2016, where she counseled companies on complex strategic issues and growth initiatives. Prior to that, she held executive roles with JPMorgan Chase & Co. for 22 years. Today, she serves on several company boards, including Roku Inc., Tetra Technologies Inc. and Houston Trust Company. Gina is also the founding chairman for Houston Exponential, an organization focused on building the innovation ecosystem in Houston. She holds positions on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch, St. Luke’s Health System, The Welch Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine and the Greater Houston Partnership. At Texas A&M, she serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Mays Business School. She and her husband, Carl ’91, support The Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation and Mays. They have two sons: Tyson and Carson.


 

Louis “Lou” Paletta ’‚Äč78
Immediate Past Chair
 

Louis "Lou" Paletta is a founding partner and the COO of Kildare Partners, a private equity organization established in 2013 that targets opportunistic, control investments in commercial real estate-related opportunities. He formerly spent 20 years with Lone Star Funds, a global private equity investment firm, conducting fundraising and other business-related activities in his role as Director of Investor Relations across Europe, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. He began his professional career with Deloitte upon graduation from Texas A&M and was employed by the international accounting firm for 12 years. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Mays Business School as chair of its fundraising committee and was recognized with the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Mays in 2016. He previously served on the 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees as chair of the audit and finance committee. Aside from serving as immediate past chairman of the Texas A&M Foundation’s Board of Trustees, he has also chaired its investment committee for the past five years. Outside of Aggieland, he serves on the Board of the Ryan Palmer Foundation, a Texas based philanthropic organization that creates brighter futures for communities and underserved families by offering access to education, self-care and personal development. He and his wife, Wanda, are longtime supporters of Texas A&M and have established multiple scholarships at Mays Business School in support of students, including the business honors and study abroad programs.


 

David Dunlap ’83
Trustee
 

David Dunlap ’83 is president of Crystal Beach Oil & Gas, LLC, a private investment company with a focus on oil and gas industry and real estate investments. He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and enjoyed a career in the oil and gas industry that spanned several decades and included prominent leadership positions. He worked at BJ Services from 1984 to 2010, where he excelled in various engineering, operations and management roles, eventually reaching the position of executive vice president and COO. He later joined Superior Energy Services and served as the company’s president and CEO from 2010 until 2021. In addition to his professional accomplishments, David has served on advisory boards for The Woodlands Children’s Museum and the National Petroleum Council, demonstrating his commitment to serving the Houston community he calls home and advancing his industry. He has also previously served on the 12th Man Foundation’s Board of Trustees and currently serves on the College of Engineering’s Advisory Council and the President’s Board of Visitors for the Corps of Cadets. In 2017, he was inducted into the A&M Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. His support for the John D. White ’70 – Robert L. Walker ’58 Music Activities Center led to the naming of the Dunlap Drill Field in his honor. He and his wife, Anne, have six children, and four (Margaret ’11, Elizabeth ’18, Theresa ’22 and Mary ’22) have graduated from Texas A&M.

 

George N. Harris Jr. ’85
Trustee
 

George Harris co-founded Kozusko Harris Duncan, a boutique law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago, in 1999 and was the firm’s managing partner for 20 years. Before entering private practice, George was a trial attorney in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and was awarded the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award. George previously chaired the Tax Audits and Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association. At Texas A&M, George served on The Association of Former Students’ Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018, where he chaired its Compensation and Affiliation Agreement Committees and served on the Finance and Audit Committees. George was on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Texas A&M Club from 2011 to 2014 and served as pro bono counsel to the club in obtaining its tax-exempt status. He and his wife, Karen Zent ’86, recently moved home to Texas after 30 years in the Washington, D.C., region. They are Endowed Century Club members Legacy Society members, and members of the Chancellor’s Century Council.

 

Dan Allen Hughes Jr. ’80
Trustee
 

Dan Allen Hughes Jr. is chief executive officer and president of Dan A. Hughes Co. LP, Hupecol Operating Company LLC and Hughes Legacy LLC. He has been active in the oil and gas industry for 40 years, during which he has presided over domestic and international oil and gas fields. Dan chairs the Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute Advisory Board and is a member of the All-American Wildcatters. He formerly served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission from 2009 to 2015 and as chairman from 2013 to 2015. At Texas A&M, he served on the presidential search committee from 2013 to 2015, while he is a current member of the 12th Man Foundation’s Champions Council and the Lead by Example National Campaign Council. He was named an Outstanding Alumnus of Mays Business School in 2013 and a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus in 2019. He and his wife, Peggy ’82, are donors to the university’s Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, where he serves as chairman of its Advisory Board. They also contributed to the Kyle Field redevelopment and other athletic facilities as well as to Corps of Cadets scholarships. They have three children: Dan Hughes III, William and Elizabeth.


 

Michele A. Mobley ’87
Trustee
 

Michele Mobley practices in the area of estate planning. She received her B.A. degree with honors from Texas A&M University and her J.D. degree with honors from Duke University, where she was a member of the Duke Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She is licensed to practice in Texas, New York and Florida and before the U.S. Tax Court. She is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. She has been selected by her peers as a Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc. (2006-present), and as a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2004, 2007-2010) in the area of estate planning and probate. She is AV rated by the Martindale Hubbell legal directory. Her practice encompasses a wide range of estate planning subjects, such as wills drafting, trust drafting, estate and trust administration, estate tax, fiduciary income tax, business succession planning, charitable planning and advising nonprofits. She has spoken to varied audiences on the subjects of limited liability companies, family limited partnerships, estate planning for the family business owner, planned giving techniques, donor advised funds, legal issues fund raisers face, planning for legacy real estate, planning for retirement assets and executive compensation.

 

Former Texas A&M Foundation Trustees

These individuals have previously dedicated their time and service to our Board of Trustees.

  • Kathleen Miller Gibson '81 (2016-2023)
  • Otway B. Denny Jr. ’71 (2015-2022)
  • Jorge A. Bermúdez ’73 (2014-2021)
  • T. Randall Cain ’82 (2013-2020)
  • P. W. "Bill" Toler ’76 (2012-2019)
  • George K. Hickox Jr. ’80 (2011-2018)
  • Van H. Taylor ’71 (2010-2017)
  • Charles H. Gregory ’64 (2009-2016)
  • Richard Kardys ’67 (2008-2015)
  • John E. Bethancourt ’74 (2007-2014)
  • Thomas Saylak Jr. ’82 (2006-2013)
  • Melbern G. Glasscock ’59 (2005-2012)
  • Bob J. Surovik ’58 (2004-2011)
  • Ray A. Rothrock ’77 (2003-2010)
  • James A. Mayo, Jr. ’70 (2002-2009)
  • Jerry S. Cox ’72 (2001-2008)
  • Roderick D. Stepp ’59 (2001-2007)
  • L. Lowry Mays ’57 (2000-2001)
  • Robert W. Harvey ’77 (1999-2006)
  • Jesse W. Curlee ’67 (1998-2005)
  • James A. Creel ’69 (1997-2004)
  • Jon L. Hagler ’58* (1996-2003)
  • Weldon D. Kruger ’53* (1995-2002)
  • Carroll W. Phillips ’54 (1994-2001)
  • Bill E. Carter ’69 (1993-2000)
  • H. Andrew Hansen II ’71 (1992-1999)
  • Richard A. Williford ’55 (1991-1996)
  • James S. Moore ’52 (1990-1997)
  • W. Mike Baggett ’68 (1989-1998)
  • Joe B. Foster ’56 (1988-1995)
  • A.W. "Head" Davis Jr. ’45 (1987-1994)
  • John R. Hill Jr. ’44 (1986-1993)
  • William C. McCord ’49 (1985-1991)
  • Harvey Cash ’33 (1984-1990)
  • Richard E. Haas ’45 (1982-1988)
  • Robert Smith III ’61 (1981-1987)
  • E. L. "Pete" Wehner ’41 (1979-1986)
  • Joe Hiram Moore ’38 (1978-1985)
  • James L. Sewell ’27 (1972-1981)
  • Kenneth E. Montague ’37 (1972-1984)
  • R.A. "Murray" Fasken ’38 (1972-1980)
  • Leslie L. Appelt ’41* (1972-1989)
  • Edward E. Monteith Jr. ’43 (1971-1983)
  • John A. Crichton ’37 (1963-1977)
  • W.T. Doherty ’22 (1963-1971)
  • A.F. Mitchell ’09 (1953-1970)
  • William P. Machemehl ’33 (1953-1978)
  • Herman F. Heep ’20 (1953-1960)
  • Sterling C. Evans ’21 (1953-1959)
  • R. Wofford Cain ’13 (1953-1971)

 

*Indicates Trustee Emeritus