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.

2020 Board of Trustees

Mrs. Laura Moore, Chair
Dr. Brad Butler, Vice Chair
Mrs. Melinda Stricklin, Vice Chair and Assistant Secretary
Mrs. Roxi Vanstory, Secretary
Dr. George Newman, Past Chair

Mr. Bryan Adams

The Woodlands, TX
Senior Trademark Counsel
HSU B.A. 1995

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, TX
HSU B.A. 1994

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, TX
Chief Financial Officer
HSU B.B.A. 1994

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

Mrs. Martha Brooks

Granbury, TX
Retired Public Education Administrator
HSU B.S. 1970

I am a dedicated supporter of, and believer in, HSU because of its incredible Christian influence on the lives of its students, including me as a student, mother of a student, and trustee.

Dr. Brad Butler

Abilene, TX
HSU B.S. 1997

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, TX
Retired Professional Counselor/Chaplain
HSU M.Ed. 1999

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.

Mr. Jason Darby

Abilene, TX
Business Owner
HSU B.B.A. 2000

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

Mr. Jeremy Edmiston

Grand Prairie, TX
Vice President, Real Estate Development Firm
HSU 1998 ex

Mr. Bill Gibson

Frisco, TX
HSU M.B.A. 1984

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, TX

Being a new Trustee at HSU has been a unique experience. 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.

Mrs. Louise Jones

San Angelo, TX
Retired Educator
HSU B.A. 1962

I am grateful for the profound influence Hardin-Simmons University has had on my life.

Dr. Jimmie Keeling

Abilene, TX
Retired HSU Head Football Coach
HSU LL.D. (h.c.) 2015

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.

Dr. Kyle Keeter

Plano, TX
HSU B.S. 1981

My family and I share more than a century of fond memories of HSU. I really appreciated my professors taking a personal interest in me.

Mrs. Peggy Manning

Abilene, TX
Real Estate – Realtor
HSU 1960 ex

Mrs. Amy McAdams

Abilene, TX
HSU B.Ed. 2004

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. Joy Jordan Mergele

Abilene, TX
Real Estate – Realtor
HSU BS 1963

Mrs. Laura Moore

Abilene, TX
Director, Non-Profit Organization
HSU B.A.1986

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

Dr. Dan Munton

Abilene, TX
MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management
HSU B.S. 1991

I am one of eight family members to attend and play athletics at HSU. The school continues to prepare and train young men and women for success founded on Christian principles, as it did me at the start of my medical journey. As for me and my family, we will always “Stay Purple.”

Dr. George Newman

Abilene, TX
Rancher/Retired County Judge/Professor

Having served HSU in several capacities since 1967, I have seen the lives of many students positively influenced by receiving a superb education in the environment of Christian faith and love.

Mr. Filemon Ortiz, Jr.

Del Rio, TX
HSU B.S. 1966

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, TX
HSU B.B.A. 1967

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, TX
HSU B.B.A. 1992

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.

Dr. Jud Powell

Abilene, TX
Financial Advisor
HSU: B.S. 1976 | M.Ed. 1978 | LL.D (h.c.) 2011

HSU was a life changing event for me in the friends, faculty, and administrators I met. They have and continue to have a profound influence on me.

Mr. Ronnie Price

Arlington, TX
President/CEO, Convention & Visitors Bureau

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.

Mrs. Daisy (Dominguez) Sanchez

San Angelo, TX
School Counselor
HSU B.Ed. 1986

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, TX
HSU B.B.S. 1998

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, TX
Retired, Petroleum Industry
HSU B.A. 1958

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

Mr. Rick Strange

Midland, TX
HSU B.B.A. 1982

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

Mrs. Melinda Stricklin

Colleyville, TX
HSU B.Ed. 1983

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, TX
Chief Financial Officer

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, TX
Executive Administrator/Businesswoman
HSU B.B.S. 1984

HSU was the foundation for my ministry, career, and family!  I will always be grateful.

Dr. Michael Cooper Waters

Dallas, TX
Retired President, Hendrick Health System
HSU LL.D. (h.c.) 1991

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.

Mrs. Angie Wiley

Abilene, TX
Community Volunteer
HSU B.B.A. 1986

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.

Dr. Darin M. Wood

Midland, TX

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