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April 10th, 2009
Bryan man elected chair of Texas State regents


AUSTIN — Ron Blatchley of Bryan has been elected chair of the Texas State University System board of regents.

Blatchley was elected during a special called meeting of the Regents held Monday, April 6. He replaces Bernie Francis who was appointed as a regent in 2003 and elected chair in 2007.

He is a partner in BMB Homes in Bryan/College Station. He retired from a career in higher education in 1985, having served the last 14 years as director of student affairs at Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Ruth, then became McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators until 2003. After selling their 12 restaurants, Blatchley and two partners started BMB Homes, which currently bids in and around the Bryan/College station area.

Blatchley is president of R. Blatchley Management, serves on the Board of Directors at First National Bank and has previously chaired the Economic Development Corporation and served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, McDonald’s Operators Advisory Board, The Ronald McDonald House of Houston, the Texas Municipal Power Authority and numerous other civic and charitable boards. He has served as a city councilman and as mayor of Bryan.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree 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, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange and Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

The system’s chancellor is Charles Matthews.

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.


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