Board of Trustees

Composed of 36 members, the Board of Trustees (BOT) is the University’s policy-making body. Trustees must hold membership in a Baptist church during their tenure on the Board. Trustees affirm and maintain the University’s mission by setting policy, hiring and evaluating the president, and appraising the overall performance of the institute.

2021 Board of Trustees

OFFICERS

Mrs. Laura Moore, Chair
Mrs. Roxi Vanstory, Secretary
Mr. Rick Strange, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Mrs. Melinda Stricklin, Vice Chair/Assistant Secretary
Mr. Drue Pounds, Vice-Chair/Finance

MEMBERS

Mr. Bryan Adams

The Woodlands, Texas
Senior Trademark Counsel
Hardin-Simmons University, B.A. 1995

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023

The people at Hardin-Simmons were essential to my growth as a Christian and a man. My family feels like HSU is our second home.

Dr. Kevin Beam

Cleburne, Texas
Veterinarian
Hardin-Simmons University, B.A. 1994

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023

HSU was instrumental in the positive development of my body, mind, and spirit. The relationships built with my professors and coaches still impacts me today, and I am proud to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Chad Braun

Cypress, Texas
Chief Financial Officer
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.A. 1994

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023

I loved my time at HSU. It prepared me for a wonderful career and created memories that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Brad Butler

Abilene, Texas
Anesthesiologist
Hardin-Simmons University, B.S. 1997

Board-Elected | Term Concludes 12/31/2021

My time at HSU as a student was instrumental in my educational and personal development.  It is an honor to serve, and I am excited for HSU’s future!

Mrs. Linda Carter

Abilene, Texas
Retired Professional Counselor/Chaplain
Hardin-Simmons University, M.Ed. 1999

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2022

I have been blessed by the HSU family for 35 years as FBC-Abilene University Minister, a Graduate, Alumni, and Trustee. It is such a joy for two of my grandsons to share that experience as students at HSU.

Dr. Craig Curry

Plano, Texas
Senior Pastor, First Baptist, Plano
Hardin-Simmons University – Logsdon Seminary, M.Div. (2005)
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.S. (2002)

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024 & 2027

I look back on my time at Hardin-Simmons as the best years of my life. I made the best friends I have ever had, I met and fell in love with Fallon, and it was there that I received the best training for a life of ministry.

Mr. Jason Darby

Abilene, Texas
Business Owner
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.A. 2000

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023 & 2026

It’s an honor to give back to Hardin-Simmons University, the university which gives an experience beyond expectations.

Chuck DavisMr. Chuck Davis

McKinney, Texas
Retired, U.S. Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat) | Former Texas Baptist Student Ministry Director
Hardin-Simmons University, B.M.E. (1984)

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023 & 2026

It would be difficult to overstate the positive professional and spiritual impact HSU has made on my life as a follower of Christ. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this institution which has given so much to so many of us through the years.

Mr. Jeremy Edmiston

Grand Prairie, Texas
Vice President, Real Estate Development Firm
Hardin-Simmons University, 1998 ex

Convention-Elected | Term concludes 12/31/2023

Mr. Bill Gibson

Frisco, Texas
CPA, Businessman – Retired
Hardin-Simmons University, M.B.A. 1984

Convention-Elected | Term concludes 12/31/2023

I enjoy the opportunity to work alongside my fellow Trustees in assisting HSU in accomplishing its stated mission of  “…providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.”

Dr. Jimmy D. Hunter

Waco, Texas
Pastor

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023 & 2026

It is my prayer and hope I am able to bring new perspectives as a non-alumnus to help continue forging HSU for future greatness as an institution of higher learning.

Dr. Jimmie Keeling

Abilene, Texas
Retired HSU Head Football Coach
Hardin-Simmons University, LL.D. (h.c.) 2015

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2022

It was a blessing to serve as head football coach at HSU for 21 years during which time I worked with many great people and coached hundreds of fine young men.

Peggy ManningMrs. Peggy Manning

Abilene, Texas
Real Estate – Realtor
Hardin-Simmons University, 1960 ex

Board-Elected | Term Concludes 12/31/2021

Mrs. Amy McAdams

Abilene, Texas
Teacher
Hardin-Simmons University, B.Ed. 2004

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2022 & 2025

I’m thankful for the love and acceptance I always felt as a student on the campus at HSU – by faculty, staff, and friends.

Mrs. Laura Moore

Abilene, Texas
Director, Non-Profit Organization
Hardin-Simmons University, B.A. 1986

Convention-Elected | Term Concludes 12/31/2023

The people I shared life with as a student at HSU have become my lifelong friends. I am most thankful.

Dr. Dan Munton

Abilene, Texas
MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management
Hardin-Simmons University, B.S. 1991

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024

I have had numerous family members attend and play sports at HSU. HSU continues to prepare and train young men and women for success founded on Christian principles, as it did for me to start my medical journey. As for me and my family, we will always “Stay Purple!”

Dr. George Newman

Abilene, Texas
Rancher/Retired County Judge/Professor

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2022

I have seen many students over the past 54 years be positively influenced for life because of their HSU education “enlightened by Christian Faith.”

Candy NobleHon. Candy Noble

Lucas, Texas
Texas State Representative
Hardin-Simmons University, B.Ed. (1983)

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024 & 2027

As a Hardin-Simmons graduate, the daughter of an HSU graduate, and the mom of graduates, I’m so grateful for the wonderful investment of faith, friendships and education that Hardin-Simmons has made in my life and family.

Mr. Filemon Ortiz, Jr.

Del Rio, Texas
Attorney
Hardin-Simmons University, B.S. 1966

Board-Elected | Term concludes 12/31/2022

The Christian principles I learned as a student at HSU have guided me in relationships, my career and in being of service to my community. I am forever thankful for my HSU experience as a student and now as a Trustee.

Mr. Jerry A. Phillips

Lubbock, Texas
Investments
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.A. 1967

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024

My time at HSU as a student was instrumental in my educational and personal development. It is an honor to serve, and I am excited for HSU’s future!

Mr. Drue Pounds

Colleyville, Texas
Businessman
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.A. 1992

Convention-Elected | Term Concludes 12/31/2021

From the lessons learned, lifelong relationships built, and great experiences with classmates, fellow student-athletes, and faculty, my time at HSU left an indelible mark on me that I cherish and from which I benefit daily.

Ronnie PriceMr. Ron Price

Arlington, Texas
President/CEO, Convention & Visitors Bureau

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023

I’m honored to serve on the HSU Board of Trustees. The Christian principles are evident in the leadership, faculty and the student body at HSU which makes it a very special place to serve.

Louis RevorMr. Louis Revor

Murphy, Texas
Manager Engineering Digital Technologies/Raytheon Intelligence and Space
Hardin-Simmons University, B.S. (1994)

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024 & 2027

HSU provided the foundation for who I am.  I am thankful for the opportunity to help others benefit similarly.

Mrs. Daisy Sanchez

San Angelo, Texas
School Counselor
Hardin-Simmons University, B.Ed. 1986

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023 & 2026

I will always be indebted to HSU for it is during my college years that I learned what it meant for Jesus to be Lord of my life!

Mrs. Jamie Sanders

Tyler, Texas
Attorney/Homemaker
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.S. 1998

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2022

One thing I love about HSU is her legacy of training students to know and serve Christ. The faculty and staff at Hardin-Simmons personally invested in me and taught me the joy of discovering and sharing truth that outlasts a single life.

Mr. Joe Sharp

McKinney, Texas
Retired, Petroleum Industry
Hardin-Simmons University, B.A. 1958

Convention-Elected | Eligible for reappointment in 2023 & 2026

The honor of serving on the BOT at HSU has been most enjoyable and rewarding.

Mr. Rick Strange

Midland, Texas
Attorney
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.A. 1982

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2022

HSU equipped me to take all of life’s challenges head-on. I will forever be grateful.

Mrs. Melinda Stricklin

Colleyville, Texas
Businesswoman/Educator
Hardin-Simmons University, B.Ed. 1983

Convention-Elected | Term concludes 12/31/2023

HSU invested in me, educated me, encouraged me, and offered me incredible leadership opportunities and amazing friendships. But, most importantly, HSU showed me God’s love and taught me to seek His guidance and direction for my life.

Mrs. Jill Teague

Abilene, Texas
Chief Financial Officer

Convention-Elected | Term Concludes 12/31/2022

I am so grateful and humbled to be one of many entrusted in assuring that God’s Glory continues to shine in and through Hardin-Simmons University.

Mrs. Roxi Vanstory

New Braunfels, Texas
Executive Administrator/Businesswoman
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.S. 1984

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2022

HSU helps set a path and foundation for the rest of your life. Great environment and learning opportunities!

Dr. Michael Cooper Waters

Dallas, Texas
Retired President, Hendrick Health System
Hardin-Simmons University, LL.D. (h.c.) 1991

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2023 & 2026

It is a privilege and honor to serve Hardin-Simmons as a Trustee, an institution that has blessed and educated so many persons over the years.

Jon WheelerMr. Jon Wheeler

Midland, Texas
Information Technology, COG Operating
Hardin-Simmons University, B.S. Math (1987)

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024 & 2027

I am so appreciative of my time at HSU; I’ve made many life-long friends and enjoyed experiences that I would not have had at a larger school.

Mrs. Angie Wiley

Abilene, Texas
Community Volunteer
Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.A. 1986

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024

I did a lot of growing up while I was at Hardin-Simmons among caring and capable professors and staff. I met lifelong friends who still affect my life today.

Visha WilsonMs. Vishia Wilson

Abilene, Texas
Registered Nurse/Hospital (Healthcare )/Director of Critical Care
Hardin-Simmons University, B.S.N.  (2003)

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024 & 2027

I am honored and humbled to be able to serve on the HSU Board of Trustees. I am excited for the continuation of growth for the University.

Tom WombleMr. Tom Womble

Houston, Texas
Attorney
Hardin-Simmons University, B.S. Pulisic./Ed. (1965)

Board-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024 & 2027

It is impossible for me to return to Hardin-Simmons University more than she has given me.

Dr. Darin M. Wood

Midland, Texas
Pastor

Convention-Elected | Eligible for re-appointment in 2024

Honored to serve Christ as a pastor since 1999. I didn’t graduate from HSU, but I met my wife there.