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Governor appoints three to TWU Board of Regents


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AUSTIN — Three women with close ties to Texas Woman’s University have been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the TWU Board of Regents.

Virginia Chandler Dykes of Dallas, Dr. Lou Halsell Rodenberger of Baird and Sharon Venable of Dallas will serve on the TWU governing board until Feb. 1, 2011.

Mrs. Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at TWU in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University. In 2002, she established the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding TWU occupational therapy student. Mrs. Dykes and her husband, Roland, also helped establish the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the TWU School of Occupational Therapy. She formerly served on the TWU Foundation Board.

A life member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Mrs. Dykes was director of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 25 years. She also founded the Boomerang Club, the first support group for stroke patients and their families in Dallas. She is well known for her leadership in such organizations as the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Arboretum Women’s Council and the Fort Worth Opera.

“TWU is a marvelous school, and I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to assist in spreading the knowledge that TWU is a major supplier of health care professionals,” Mrs. Dykes said.

Dr. Rodenberger, professor emeritus of English at McMurry University in Abilene, is a writer, lecturer, book reviewer and writing consultant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1947 from TWU, then known as Texas State College for Women. She earned both her master’s and doctorate at Texas A&M University. She served as secretary of the TWU Foundation Board prior to her appointment to the TWU Board of Regents, and was named a TWU Distinguished Alumna in 1987.

The author of numerous critical essays about writers of the West and Southwest, Dr. Rodenberger is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West and the West Texas Historical Society. She is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, and is a past president of the West Texas Historical Association and the Texas Folklore Society.

“I’m an alum, I’ve been active as an alum, and I’m delighted to be serving in this capacity,” Dr. Rodenberger said.

Ms. Venable is vice president of international and technical business development for the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, where she promotes international business development and foreign direct investment and markets the DFW region’s technology industry.

She was a member of the TWU Foundation Board, and a former chair of the board’s finance committee, prior to her appointment to the university’s Board of Regents. She currently serves as a community representative on the TWU Strategic Plan Steering Committee.

Ms. Venable is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council and an ex-officio member of the North Texas District Export Council. She serves on the boards of The Science Place and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and is on the advisory board of “Woman’s Enterprise” magazine. She also serves on the master’s associate board of Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Venable graduated from Dallas Baptist University and received her master of liberal arts degree from SMU.

“TWU is an important institution with an exciting future, and I look forward to being part of it,” Venable said.

Mrs. Dykes, Dr. Rodenberger and Ms. Venable were appointed to fill the expired terms of Dr. Linda Hughes of Dallas, Jerry L. Brownlee of Hico and Delia Reyes of Dallas, respectively.


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Karen Treat
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Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu

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