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Texas Senate confirms Wilson, Gibson and Tonn as TWU regents


Mary Pincoffs Wilson      Deborah Gibson        

 Mary Pincoffs Wilson              Deborah S. Gibson      

  Melissa Tonn                   

Dr. Melissa D. Tonn

DENTON — The Texas State Senate has confirmed the appointments of Mary Pincoffs Wilson of Austin, Deborah S. Gibson of Houston and Dr. Melissa D. Tonn of Dallas to the Texas Woman’s University’s Board of Regents. They will serve on the TWU governing board until Feb. 1, 2017.

“I join my fellow regents in welcoming the new regents to the board,” said Mike McCullough, chair and presiding officer of the TWU Board of Regents. “I look forward to working together as TWU continues to grow and thrive as an education leader in Texas.”

Ms. Wilson, first appointed to the board in 2009 to fill the unexpired term of the late Lou Halsell Rodenberger, was reappointed to a full term. Ms. Gibson and Dr. Tonn were appointed to fill the expired terms of Harry L. Crumpacker II of Prosper and Virginia Chandler Dykes of Dallas, respectively.

“We are grateful to Gov. Rick Perry for his careful consideration toward the selection of TWU Regents,” TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said. “Our regents have continually embraced the mission of the university and have offered support for the university’s success.”

Ms. Wilson’s involvement in Texas education spans more than 20 years as a teacher, mentor and volunteer. She is a past president of Les Amis de Hospice Austin and the former foster family chair at the Helping Hand Home for Children. She also is a past member of the Alzheimer's Association of Austin Gala Committee and past chair of Austin High School's Guidance Committee and Senior Career Day. Ms. Wilson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree in teaching from Emory University.

“TWU is leading the way in producing graduates who are exceptionally prepared to enhance the quality of life in Texas, and it is a privilege to continue to serve as a regent to this excellent university,” Ms. Wilson said.

Ms. Gibson is an executive vice president and manager of the Trust Department of Amegy Bank. She is a member and past president of both the Houston Estate and Financial Forum and Houston Business and Estate Planning Council, a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and past vice president of the Texas Bankers Association. She is a trustee of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, a committee member of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and a member of the Houston American Red Cross Planned Giving Committee. She also is a member and past chair of the Houston chapter of the American Cancer Society and is a board member and past president of Houston's Ronald McDonald House. She received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Southwestern Graduate School of Banking.

“For more than 100 years, TWU has been dedicated to developing innovative educational programs and experiences for students, empowering them to become the future leaders of Texas, and I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to this success,” Ms. Gibson said.

Dr. Tonn is a board certified occupational medicine physician and president and chief medical officer of OccM.D. Group PA. She is a member of the American and Texas Medical Associations and the Dallas County Medical Society, and a fellow and president-elect of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. She is past president of the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and an advisory board member of Christ’s Church Clinic. Dr. Tonn received her two bachelor’s degrees from Rice University, a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a master of business administration from Rice University.

“I hope that my service as a regent will help further promote TWU’s standing as a highly respected institution,” Dr. Tonn said. “I look forward to being actively involved in shaping a bigger and brighter future for TWU.”

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