COLLEGE STATION – Richard A. Box of Austin was elected chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and Phil Adams of Bryan was elected vice chairman, both unanimously, during a meeting of the governing board Thursday.
Box was appointed to the board by Gov. Rick Perry in 2008 and Adams was appointed in 2009. They replace Morris E. Foster of Houston and James P. Wilson of Sugar Land, respectively.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as chairman of this Board,” said Box. “Since my time on the Board, and certainly under the chairmanship of Regent Foster, the Texas A&M System has renewed its commitment to our longstanding legacy of service. I look forward to continuing the legacy of service over the next two years as chairman of the Board of Regents.”
Box is a doctor of dental surgery and has a private practice in the Austin area. He is a member of the American and Texas Dental Associations, and American and Texas Academies of General Dentistry. He also is a member of the Capitol Area Boy Scouts Board of Directors, Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, and National Guard Association of Texas. He served in the United States Army and as commander of the Texas State Guard. Box received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1961 and a doctorate of dental science from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1966.
Adams is the owner and president of Phil Adams Company, which provides insurance products and services to businesses and individuals throughout Texas. He serves on the board of directors of American Momentum Bank, which has banking operations in Texas and Florida. He has served on the boards of many civic organizations, including the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, the Chancellor’s Century Council, the Texas A&M/BCS Council, Brazos County United Way and the Central Texas Association of Life Underwriters. Adams received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in 1971.
Box and Adams will serve two-year terms as chairman and vice chairman.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state’s economy.