The university’s three newest trustees visited campus Tuesday for an orientation led by the president’s office.
The board of trustees elected Carole Phillips, Kyle Hammond and Jim Porter in the board’s meeting during Sing Song weekend and will begin their terms at the June 1 meeting of the board.
Phillips, ’83, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education and taught kindergarten at Johnson Elementary School in Abilene from 1981-85. Her father is Bob Hunter and she participated in the Hunter Welcome Center campaign.
Hammond, ’83, is the CEO of FireWheel Energy, LLC and lives in Midland. He has served on the board of trustees for Midland Christian School.
Porter graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 1958 and a graduate degree in business from Harvard in ’63. Porter served on the board of trustees from 1990-2010 and spent a year off of the board before rejoining this year. He’s also served as adjunct faculty in COBA and co-chair of the presidential transition team in 2010. His daughters Dana Hartstein and Ellen Patterson and his son Alan graduated from ACU in the 1980s.
Slade Sullivan, general counsel and secretary, said the board selected the three candidates because they were qualified to serve on the university’s highest governing body.
“The board of trustees is always interested in finding people who would be good additions to the board,” Sullivan said. “They go through an annual process for considering people with connections to the university, and this year they selected three people from the pool of candidates.”
Kelly Brown, executive assistant to the general counsel, said each of the three new trustees brought a different perspective to the board.
“Carole Phillips has a long family history at ACU, and her husband Danny was a trustee,” Brown said. “Kyle Hammond brings a lot of business knowledge and is very active in the ACU community. Jim Porter has a lot of institutional experience after spending two decades on the board.”