March 14, 2023 | Austin, Texas | Appointment
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David Baggett, John Bellinger, and Sam Torn to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2029.David Baggett of Houston is founder and managing partner of Opportune LLP, a global business advisory firm. He has over 40 years of professional experience, over 35 of which have been spent in the energy industry in various capacities. He is chair of the Independent Petroleum Association of America Capital Markets Committee and a member of the Houston Producer’s Forum and the Turnaround Management Association. He is a board member of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation and a former board member of the Houston Methodist Academic Institute. Baggett has served on various advisory boards for Texas A&M University, including the Accounting Department Advisory Council and the Mays Business School Dean’s Development Council. Baggett received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University.
Sam Torn of Houston is the owner and operator of Camp Ozark and Camp OTX, as well as the co-founder of Camp War Eagle. He is a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and an emeritus member of the State Bar of Texas. He is chairman of the Camp Ozark Foundation, founding chairman of Ozone Ministries, former member of the GAP Ministries Board of Directors, and former chairman of the Texas A&M University 12th Man Foundation. Torn received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University, a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law.
These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 24 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.
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