Advisory Council

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

Jim B. Bexley

Smith-Hutson Chair of Banking

Sam Houston State University

Ronny Carroll  `65


Ronny Carroll Custom Homes

Gary L. Dudley ‘69


Southwest Business Corporation

Joseph L. "Bud" Haney '63

President, Co-Founder

Profiles International, Inc.

James A. "Jimmy" Hayley '59

President, Chief Executive Officer

Texas City Chamber of Commerce

Roland K. Hendricks ‘80

Site Controller, Texas Operations

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.

Charles W. Jones III ‘81

East Coast Production Manager

Wachovia Dealer Services

Ron Koska BS ‘61

President (retired)

Institutional Sales Associates

Joe Laehu BBA '93

Marketing Director, General Industrial


Roger D. Lawrence BA ‘69

President, Chief Executive Officer

Texas Community Bank

Gibson D. Lewis


Lewis Label Products

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


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