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April 10th, 2009
Blatchley named board of regents chairman

Texas State University System Chairman Ron Blatchley.


AUSTIN – Ron Blatchley was elected as the Chairman of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, during a special called meeting on April 6.

Blatchley, who resides in College Station, retired in 1985 from Texas A&M University as the director of student affairs, a position he held for 14 years. He and his wife, Ruth, then owned and operated 12 McDonald’s restaurants until 2003.

After selling the restaurants, Blatchley and two partners started BMB Homes, which currently bids in and around the Bryan/College Station area. He has served as a city councilman and as mayor of Bryan.

Additionally, Blatchley is president of R. Blatchley Management, and serves on the board of directors at First National Bank. He has previously chaired the Economic Development Corporation, and served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the McDonald’s Operators Advisory Board, the Ronald McDonald House of Houston, the Texas Municipal Power Authority and a number of other civic and charitable boards and commissions.

Blatchley holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University.

The Texas State University System is comprised of eight member institutions: Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College, Texas State University-San Marcos, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange and Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

Members of the Board of Regents are Blatchley, Trisha S. Pollard of Bellaire – vice chair, Greg Wilkinson of Dallas, Charlie Amato of San Antonio, Donna N. Williams of Arlington, Michael Truncale of Beaumont, Kevin J. Lilly of Houston, David Montagne of Beaumont, Ron Mitchell of Horseshoe Bay and Student Regent Nicole Lozano of Austin and Sam Houston State University.

The Chancellor of the System is Charles Matthews.

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