Five Join HSU’s Board of Trustees


Abilene, Texas – February 22, 2016 – Hardin-Simmons University welcomes the addition of five new members to the University’s Board of Trustees. The new trustees include Linda Carter of Abilene, Jimmie Keeling of Abilene, Jamie Sanders of Tyler, Rick Strange of Midland, and Roxi Vanstory of New Braunfels.

Linda Carter Mrs. Linda Carter is a pastoral counselor and retired chaplain at Hendrick Medical Center. She earned a B.S. Education degree from West Texas A&M (1970) and a Masters of Counseling and Human Development from Hardin-Simmons University (1999). In 1996, she graduated from Methodist Hospital Lubbock Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency. She resides in Abilene with her husband Larry and they have two children and five grandchildren. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Abilene.

Jimmie KeelingDr. Jimmie Keeling is the retired head football coach of Hardin-Simmons. He was hired in 1989 to bring football back to HSU and posted a career record of 172-53 in his 21 seasons. He also served as HSU’s athletic director from 1995 to 1997. He started his collegiate career at Tarleton State University (then a two-year college) and finished his undergraduate work at Howard Payne University. Keeling later pursued advanced degree work at Texas Tech. He published a book titled “Play Hard, Stay Purple” in 2014 about his time with the HSU football team. Keeling received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from HSU in 2015. He and his wife Susan reside in Abilene and have five children, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Abilene.

Jamie SandersMrs. Jamie Sanders and her husband Jeff live in Tyler, Texas. She is a 1998 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and a 2001 graduate of the Baylor University School of Law. Mrs. Sanders has practiced law as a civil defense attorney at Potter Minton, P. C. In Tyler, and is currently a full time mother of four. She has served on the Hardin-Simmons Board of Young Associates since 2001, primarily involved in awarding leadership scholarships to current students. She is a member of Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas.

Rick StrangeThe Hon. Rick Strange is a shareholder of Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe and Dawson and a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and the Oil and Gas Litigation and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the 11th Court of Appeals in 2005, where he served as a justice for five years. In 1982, Strange earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Hardin-Simmons and in 1985, earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He and his wife Carole live in Midland, Texas, and have two children and one grandchild. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas.

Roxi VanstoryMrs. Roxi Vanstory is an executive administrator at Oakwood Baptist Church, where she has served for 20 years in a variety of functions including facilities and finance. Vanstory earned a B.B.S. from Hardin-Simmons University in 1984. She and her husband Randy (‘83) live in New Braunfels, Texas. She has been a member of Oakwood Baptist Church for 25 years.

The Board of Trustees is the policy-making board for the university and is composed of 36 members. Board membership involves a close partnership with the administrative leadership of the university. The board makes necessary bylaw changes, grants tenure and promotions of faculty, approves the annual budget and the annual audit, confers degrees, and does, performs, or delegates all necessary acts to carry into effect the objects of the university.

Regular meetings of the Trustee Board are held each year in October and February. The appointment of these five new Trustees became effective January 1. HSU Trustees are custodians of the university’s mission and affirm and maintain the mission and purpose of the institution by setting policy, hiring and evaluating the president, and appraising the overall performance of the institution.

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