COBA Advisory Council

Council Members

The purpose of the Sam Houston State University College of Business Administration (CoBA) Advisory Council is to enable effective partnership between the business community and the College in order to ensure that:

  1. Our curriculum and programming reflects the current and future needs of the business community so that our graduates become significant contributors.
  2. Our students are exposed in meaningful ways to businesses during their course of study in the appropriate balance of theory and practice.
  3. The CoBA provides appropriate mentoring, internship opportunities and job placement opportunities for students.
  4. Our faculty remain current in their fields and have opportunities to contribute to the body of knowledge in these fields through meaningful research projects.
  5. The CoBA contributes to the competitiveness, growth and overall success of the business community.
  6. The CoBA develops funding sources to enable investment for expansion.

The CoBA Advisory Council is comprised of individuals with significant experience and expertise in a diverse set of business and professional disciplines representative of the Houston Metro Area, with a focus on the global nature of our business environment. The Advisory Council meets formally two to three times per year. In the interim, members work with the CoBA, singly or in groups, based on their individual skills and interests, to achieve the above goals.

Advisory Council Members

  • Jill S. Vaughan '82
    Chair of Council
Senior Vice President
Amegy Bank of Texas
  • James B. Bexley, Chairholder
Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking

  • Justin Burnett
    Vice President of Materials Management & Warehousing
  • Ronny Carroll '65
Ronny Carroll Custom Homes (ret.)
  • T. Tolbert Chisum
  • Gary Dudley '69
Southwest Business Corporation
  • Walter Fitzgerald
    Sr. Vice President (ret.)
    CenterPoint Energy
  • Brian Hall
    Manager of Corporate Supplier Diversity and Diversity & Inclusion
    Shell Oil Company
  • Joseph L. "Bud" Haney '63
President, Co-Founder
Profiles International, Inc.
  • Roland K. Hendricks ‘80
    Site Controller, Texas Operations
    Freeport, Houston, Deer Park, Seadrift, Texas City
    The Dow Chemical Company
  • Robert E. Hutson ‘65
    Senior Vice President
    Texas Capital Bank
  • Preston Johnson, Jr. ‘77
    Sr. Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
    McDermott International, Inc.
  • Ron Koska BS ‘61
    President (retired)
    Institutional Sales Associates
  • Joe Laehu BBA '93
    Marketing Director, General Industrial
  • R. Dean Lewis
    COBA Dean & Professor of Marketing
    Sam Houston State University
  • Gibson D. Lewis
    Lewis Label Products
  • Michael Rohrig, Partner
    Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Chris Sower
    Vice President, America & West Africa Logistics
    NALCO Champion
  • Eddie Van Dyke
    Van Dyke Rankin Insurance
  • Mary M. Vitek ‘86
    Chief Executive Officer
    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
  • R. Tracy Williams ‘73
    Area President
    Arthur J. Gallagher of Texas
  • Todd A. Zuspan ‘88
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • Charles E. Amato '70 (Inactive Status)
    Southwest Business Corporation