How Much Does it Cost to Become a Regent?

Texas governors in both political parties over the years have appointed university regents who also were generous political donors. Gov. Rick Perry, who took office in December 2000, is no different. More than half the people he's selected to lead the state's public universities have contributed to his political campaigns — some more generously than others. Use this interactive table to explore those donations. Share on Twitter and Facebook.

All Regents Appointed: 171

Regents who Donated: 91

Total Donations: $5.8 million

Average Per Donor: $64,000

 

Name Board Donations City
Paul Foster University of Texas $388,758 El Paso
James Dannenbaum University of Texas $297,500 Houston
Steve Hicks University of Texas $290,002 Austin
Robert Rowling University of Texas $257,262 Irving
William Powell University of Texas $113,930 San Antonio
Robert Stillwell University of Texas $110,000 Houston
James Huffines University of Texas $41,949 Austin
Janiece Longoria University of Texas $22,500 Houston
John Barnhill University of Texas $9,047 Brenham
Cyndi Krier University of Texas $8,000 San Antonio
Colleen McHugh University of Texas $3,137 Corpus Christi

Regents Appointed: 17

Regents Who Donated: 11

Total Donations: $1.5 million

Average Per Donor: $140,000

 

 

 

Name Board Donations City
Phillip Adams Texas A&M $284,914 Bryan
Lowry Mays Texas A&M $261,400 San Antonio
Erle Nye Texas A&M $258,000 Dallas
J.L. Huffines Texas A&M $201,878 Lewisville
James Wilson Texas A&M $177,300 Sugar Land
Morris Foster Texas A&M $123,500 Houston
Jim Schwertner Texas A&M $56,000 Schwertner
Richard Box Texas A&M $36,400 Austin
Lupe Fraga Texas A&M $16,750 Houston
Ida Clement Texas A&M $7,000 Kingsville
Gene Stallings Texas A&M $2,500 Powderly
Wendy Gramm Texas A&M $1,000 Helotes

Regents Appointed: 14

Regents Who Donated: 12

Total Donations: $1.4 million

Average Per Donor: $118,000

 

 

 

Name Board Donations City
Larry Anders Texas Tech $383,171 Dallas
Rick Francis Texas Tech $241,290 El Paso
Robert Brown Texas Tech $238,666 El Paso
Mickey Long Texas Tech $135,000 Midland
J. Frank Miller Texas Tech $133,333 Irving
John Scovell Texas Tech $16,000 Dallas
John Huffaker Texas Tech $14,500 Amarillo
Scott Dueser Texas Tech $13,000 Abilene
Jerry Turner Texas Tech $12,500 Blanco
Bob Stafford Texas Tech $6,050 Amarillo
Mark Griffin Texas Tech $3,500 Lubbock
Windy Sitton Texas Tech $2,250 Lubbock
C. Black Texas Tech $1,000 Horsehoe Bay
Dan Serna Texas Tech $1,000 Arlington

Regents Appointed: 16

Regents Who Donated: 14

Total Donations: $1.2 million

Average Per Donor: $85,000

 

 

 

Name Board Donations City
Tilman Fertitta University of Houston $232,910 Houston
Mica Mosbacher University of Houston $230,502 Houston
Welcome Wilson University of Houston $76,400 Houston
Jacob Monty University of Houston $63,000 Houston
Carroll Ray University of Houston $43,000 Houston
Dennis Golden University of Houston $32,166 Carthage
Jim Wise University of Houston $27,000 Houston
Michael Cemo University of Houston $15,500 Houston
Jarvis Hollingsworth University of Houston $15,000 Houston
Robert Johnson University of Houston $15,000 Austin
Leroy Hermes University of Houston $13,000 Houston
Lynden Rose University of Houston $3,500 Houston
Raul Gonzalez University of Houston $1,000 Austin

Regents Appointed: 15

Regents Who Donated: 13

Total Donations: $760,000

Average Per Donor: $60,000

 

 

 

Name Board Donations City
Alan Dreeben Texas State $95,000 San Antonio
Kevin Lilly Texas State $55,277 Houston
Kent Adams Texas State $40,600 Beaumont
Charles Amato Texas State $31,250 San Antonio
Ron Mitchell Texas State $9,785 Horseshoe Bay
Trisha Pollard Texas State $5,500 Bellaire
Bernie Francis Texas State $5,250 Carrollton
James Montagne Texas State $4,500 Beaumont
Ron Blatchley Texas State $4,500 Bryan
Ken Luce Texas State $3,150 Dallas
Greg Wilkinson Texas State $1,500 Plano
Michael Truncale Texas State $1,250 Beaumont
Donna Williams Texas State $1,000 Arlington

Regents Appointed: 16

Regents Who Donated: 13

Total Donations: $258,000

Average Per Donor: $19,000

 

 

 

Name Board Donations City
Munir Lalani Midwestern State $10,000 Wichita Falls
Stephen Gustafson Midwestern State $9,115 Wichita Falls
Fred Wulf Stephen F. Austin State $10,750 Center
Melvin White Stephen F. Austin State $5,000 Austin
Joe Green Stephen F. Austin State $3,500 Nacogdoches
Bob Garrett Stephen F. Austin State $2,000 Tyler
John Garrett Stephen F. Austin State $1,000 Orange
Kenneth James Stephen F. Austin State $1,000 Kingwood
Richard Salwen Texas Southern $250,000 Austin
E. Loya Texas Southern $10,000 Houston
Larry Taylor Texas Southern $5,000 Dallas
David Diaz Texas Southern $4,500 Corpus Christi
Earnest Gibson Texas Southern $1,000 Houston
J. Johnson Texas Southern $1,000 Houston
William King Texas Southern $1,000 Houston
Gene Seaman Texas State Technical College $19,779 Corpus Christi
Rolf Haberecht Texas State Technical College $14,000 Dallas
Ellis Skinner Texas State Technical College $3,500 Dallas
James Martin Texas State Technical College $1,250 Sweetwater
Cesar Maldonado Texas State Technical College $1,000 Harlingen
Sue Bancroft Texas Woman's $11,000 Argyle
Bobby Ray University of North Texas $195,615 Plano
Robert Nickell University of North Texas $78,000 Irving
Don Buchholz University of North Texas $10,000 Garland
Rice Tilley University of North Texas $6,500 Fort Worth
Alfredo Silva University of North Texas $2,000 San Antonio
Jack Wall University of North Texas $1,000 Dallas

Texas Southern

Texas State Technical College

Stephen F. Austin State

Midwestern State

Texas Woman's

University of North Texas

Regents Appointed: 109

Regents Who Donated: 40

Total Donations: $917,000

Average Per Donor: $22,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Student regents were excluded.

Sources: Texas Ethics Commission, Governor's Office | Download | Feedback | Appointee database

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