Ten Sam Houston State graduates will begin terms as new members of the University’s alumni board on Jan. 1, 2004. Board members are selected for one-to three-year terms by members of the SHSU Alumni Association.
Those chosen as board members include Sara Kelly, George Buckow, Robert Hurst, Scott McCarley, Charles Mallery, Leroy Wilkinson, Richard Rydezski, JoEllen Tipton, Dianne MacKenzie and Ernie Deats.
Sara “Sally” Kelly, who earned her bachelor of science degree in 1961 and her master’s in education in 1966, has been appointed to a three-year term. A Cypress, Texas, resident, Kelly received her counseling certification in 1973 and her board certification in 1985. She went on to spend 37 years teaching and counseling high school students, including 26 years as senior counselor at Cy- Fair High School.
George Buckow earned his bachelor of science degree in 1956 and has been appointed to serve a three-year term. A Kingwood resident, Buckow is a retired partner with Communications Group Advertising. He has served on the SHSU Alumni Board for four years and was the recipient of the SHSU Service Award.
Robert Hurst, who earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in 1980, has been appointed to serve a two-year term. A Spring resident, Hurst is the director of media relations for the Houston Police Department. While working at KTRH news radio in Houston in the late 1980s as a reporter, his work was recognized by the Associated Press, UPI and the Houston Press Club.
Scott McCarley, who earned his bachelor of science degree in 1973 and his master’s in business administration in 1975 has been appointed to serve a one-year term. A Huntsville resident, McCarley is self-employed and is an active 4-H adult leader as well as a state horse show committee member.
Charles Mallery, who earned his bachelor of business administration degree in 1959, has been appointed to serve a three-year term. A resident of The Woodlands, Mallery is retired from Exxon USA and was a partner with WTL Consulting as well as the president of Mallery and Associates. He is a 2000 recipient of the SHSU Service Award and has served six years on the SHSU Alumni Board.
Leroy Wilkinson, who earned his bachelor of business administration in 1965 and a master’s in education in 1967, has been appointed to serve a three-year term. A Huntsville resident, Wilkinson worked for 16 years in education and 22 years at Walker County Department of Juvenile Services.
Richard Rydzeski, who earned his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice in 1989, has been appointed to serve a three-year term. A Magnolia resident, Rydzeski currently serves as director of national builder sales for Goodman-Amana Manufacturing Company. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was the chapter advisor from 1990 to 1996. Rydzeski was also on SHSU’s men’s basketball coaching staff from 1987 to 1989.
JoEllen Tipton, who earned her bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice in 1983 and her master of arts degree in 1988, has been appointed to serve a three-year term. An Onalaska resident, Tipton is currently the director of Residence Life at SHSU. She received the SWACUHO Bob Cooke Distinguished Service Award and is active in various state and regional student service associations.
Ernie Deats, who earned his bachelor of science degree in 1962, has been appointed to serve a three-year term. A Dickinson resident, Deats is a self-employed cattle rancher. From 1963 to 1993, Deats was a teacher and coach, a commercial sales representative and an owner and operator of several businesses. He also established the Dickinson High School Athletic Hall of Honor.
Dianne MacKenzie, who earned her bachelor of science degree in 1960, has been appointed to serve a three-year term. A Nome resident, Mackenzie has served as a board member for the YMCA, Travelers Aid Society, Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, Louisiana Children’s Museum, The Conservancy of Louisiana and The Audubon Institute. In addition, she has extensive experience with fund raising and procuring grants.
Current members of the Alumni Association board include: Herman Smith; Jim Hanscom; George Miles; Barbara Bright; Jack Kyle; John McManners; Walter Bennett, Jr.; Thelma Brown-Mooney; Ronny Carroll; Laurence Corley; James Warren St.John; Gavin Schmidt; Gloria “Cutty” Gilbert; Wynell Delano Jenkins; Bobby Lane; Eileen Boaz; Jack Compton; and L.N. “Sonny” Sikes.
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