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06/22/07 - Nacogdoches

SFA Regents Named

Carlos Z. Amaral Carlos Z. Amaral
James Hinton Dickerson Jr. James Hinton Dickerson Jr.
John R. Garrett John R. Garrett

Three new members of the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents have been named by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Carlos Z. Amaral of Plano, James Hinton Dickerson Jr. of New Braunfels and John R. Garrett of Tyler will begin their terms immediately and serve through 2013. All three are graduates of SFA.

"We feel very fortunate that these three alums are willing to come back and serve their alma mater in this capacity," said Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president. "With the success they have enjoyed in their professional endeavors, they will be valuable additions as we continue our work in ensuring the best possible education for SFA students."

Amaral is a 1984 graduate of SFA with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He holds a master's degree in computer science from Texas A&M Commerce and is president and CEO of Sequoia Network Services, a company he founded in 2003. He had previously served as area vice president for ACS and as solutions manager for Oracle, both in Dallas.

Dickerson graduated from SFA in 1968 with a degree in chemistry and earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston. During his career, he served as counsel for Dow Chemical Company, most recently as senior managing intellectual property counsel for special projects. He has managed legal professionals in the U.S., Switzerland, Japan and Germany, and is now retired.

In addition to earning a science degree in biology and chemistry from SFA in 1975, Garrett holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is a residential and commercial real estate developer and president of Fair Oil Company, a Tyler-based oil and gas exploration company established in 1931. He serves as treasurer of the Tyler Economic Development Council.

In addition to setting general policies for the university, regents elect all members of the administration, faculty and professional staff.

The new regents replace outgoing board members Margarita de la Garza-Grahm, M.D., of Tyler, Kenneth James of Kingwood, and Fred Wulf of Center.

"We are thankful to these outgoing regents for the service they have provided to SFA and the state of Texas," Pattillo said. "They have been unwavering in their dedicated support of SFA." 

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