AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents today (Aug. 12) appointed former UT System Regent John W. Barnhill, Jr., of Brenham as a regental representative to the UT Austin Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men and Ambassador Pamela P. Willeford of Austin as a regental representative for the UT Austin Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women. The four-year terms are effective Sept.1.
Barnhill will succeed George Willeford III, M.D., and Ambassador Willeford will succeed Sylvie P. Crum.
Barnhill, a UT Austin graduate, served on the UT System Board of Regents from November 2003 to April 2009. During that time he served as chairman of the Academic Affairs and Facilities Planning and Construction committees. He also served as President of the UT Austin alumni association, Texas Exes, from 1993 to 1994. In 2000, Barnhill retired as executive vice president of Blue Bell Creameries, after being employed nearly 40 years with the company.
Ambassador Willeford, also a UT Austin graduate, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and to the Principality of Liechtenstein from 2003 to 2006. She also served as chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1998 to 2003 and as President of Texas Exes from 2008 to 2009.
The UT Austin Intercollegiate Athletics Councils are nine-member advisory groups composed of a student, an ex-student, two regental appointees and five members of the University General Faculty.
The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.9 billion (FY 2010) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 202,000 in the 2009 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.