April 17, 2013
The Texas Senate today approved the appointment of two new individuals to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and reappointed Morris E. Foster for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. New members Anthony G. Buzbee of Friendswood and Charles W. Schwartz of Houston will replace outgoing regents Richard A. Box of Austin and James P. Wilson of Sugar Land.
Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said, “It was an honor to work with Chairman Box and Regent Wilson since my appointment as chancellor. Their commitment and insight were unique and their impact will be seen for years to come. I also welcome our new members, Regents Buzbee and Schwartz, as well as Regent Foster, who has been a strong contributor since his initial appointment.”
Morris Foster, formerly the President of ExxonMobil Production Company in Houston, Texas, now serves as Chairman of Stagecoach/Millcreek Resort. He joined ExxonMobil after graduating in 1965 from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Foster was first appointed to the A&M System Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry in 2007. He served as Chairman of the Board from 2009 to 2011 and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Finance and Committee on Buildings and Physical Plant. He also serves as special liaison to the Development Foundations of A&M System Members.
Anthony Buzbee is managing partner of The Buzbee Law Firm based in Houston, Texas. He is a 1990 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he served as Battalion Commander in the Corps of Cadets, and of the University of Houston where he received his law degree. Buzbee spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps, where he earned numerous awards and recognition for his service. He is a member of the board of directors of Hometown Bank, board member of The Jesse Tree and Boy Scouts of America, and past director of the Houston Law Alumni Foundation, and was named “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly 2004 through 2012. Buzbee is an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center.
Charles Schwartz is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP., where he leads the Houston Litigation practice. He graduated from The University of Texas Law School in 1977 and from Harvard Law School with an LL.M. in 1980. Schwartz served as a member of the State Bar of Texas District 4I Grievance Committee from 1993 to 1999. He is former director of the State Bar of Texas and served as its chairman from 2000 to 2003. He is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, received the Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation in 2004 and was appointed to the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline in 2008. Schwartz is certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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 $3.5 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 $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
Contact: Steven B. Moore