Nederland’s Bill Scott joins TSUS Board of Regents;
LU president cites ‘legacy of building excellence through education’
Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall and Lamar University President James Simmons joined Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2011) in announcing the appointment of William F. Scott of Nederland to the TSUS Board of Regents. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Scott for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2013. Scott is chairman and CEO of Trans-Global Solutions and a graduate of Lamar University.
“This is not only a great day for Lamar but also a great day for all the other institutions within the system,” Simmons said. “I’m especially proud to announce that one of our own, a graduate of Lamar University, William F. Scott is stepping into a new role as regent. With his new role, Bill’s legacy of building excellence through education that began here in Southeast Texas will expand to all the citizens of Texas, and that is something we are very, very pleased to announce.”
Scott received a bachelor's degree in government from Lamar University in 1970. During his college years, Scott had worked for a railroad construction and engineering business associated with the Kansas City Southern Railroad. In 1975, he and his brother, Dick, went into business on their own with $3,500 and a pickup truck. Three decades later, they sold about 65 percent of their business, Trans-Global Solutions Inc. to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. for about $245 million.
“I really look forward to this opportunity to serve,” Scott told Lamar officials, faculty and staff and community leaders gathered for the occasion. “When I graduated from Lamar back in 1970, I think it gave me the tools to get started in business. My brother and I have enjoyed participating in this community.”
Chancellor McCall noted that Scott is becoming a regent for a system that is the oldest in Texas – celebrating 100 years this year and with 77,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff. “It’s the little engine that could with a great story that I’m so proud to tell,” said McCall.
“I am pleased that a Lamar graduate is joining our board, replacing another Lamar graduate – as it should be. We’re delighted and look forward to working with you.” Scott succeeds Michael Truncale, who resigned from the board to seek public office.
Scott is a member of the West Gulf Maritime Association, International Dry Bulk Terminals Society, and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. Scott has strong ties to the university. He is a member of the Lamar University College of Business Board of Advisors, Comprehensive Campaign Cabinet and Lamar University Foundation board.
Scott and his wife, Gay, who holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Lamar, established the Nita Mixon Scott and Edna Taylor Duckworth Presidential Scholarship in Visual and Performing Art at Lamar University in honor of their mothers, and the Dewitt Scott and Joe Thomas Duckworth Presidential Scholarship in Business in honor of their fathers. The Scotts were the 2008 Le Grand Bal honorees at the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s annual fundraiser hosted by the LU Friends of the Arts.
Scott’s community involvement includes service on boards of the Texas Energy Museum, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners. He is also a past president and executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers Council. Scott also is a member of the board of Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas.
The Board of Regents is the governing body of The Texas State University System and its eight component institutions. The board's nine members vote on a variety of issues that affect the system, component institutions, faculty and students, including academic programs, system policies, budgets, and tuition and fees. Regents serve six-year terms unless they are appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy.
The chancellor used the occasion to praise Lamar University. “It’s a delight to be on this campus. It always is,” he said. “It’s always great to be around President Simmons because I see on this campus what can be done (and) how it should be done . . . We learn from you constantly. Thanks for what you do and how you do it.”