Shawn G. Hessing
Mr. Hessing was reappointed by Governor Perry to the Board in February 2014 and serves as Chairman. His term will continue until February 25, 2020. He is a certified public accountant and is retired from KPMG, LLP and Oak Hill Capital Partners. Mr. Hessing is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a board member of the Fort Worth Zoo and past member of Young Life Fort Worth. He received a bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University. Mr. Hessing and his wife Lori reside in Fort Worth.
Mr. Ayres was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Board in February 2016. His term will continue until February 25, 2022. He is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Eagle Oil & Gas Company of Wichita Falls. Mr. Ayres serves as a director of Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, board member of the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation, director of Fidelity Bank, trustee of the Midwestern State University Foundation, Inc., director of the Northwest Texas Council of Boy Scouts of America, board member of University United Methodist Church, member of Independent Petroleum Association of America, and advisory board member of Midwestern State University Dillard College of Business. He previously served as president of the Wichita Falls 4B Economic Development Board and as chairman of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce. Through his volunteer and leadership efforts with the Boy Scouts of America, he earned a Silver Beaver award, Baden Powell Founders Award, and the Wood Badge Award. Mr. Ayres earned a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University. He and his wife Pam live in Wichita Falls.
Tiffany D. Burks
Mrs. Burks was re-appointed to the Board by Governor Greg Abbott in February 2016. Her term will continue until February 25, 2022. Mrs. Burks is deputy chief of the criminal division for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney. Before that, she has served as an instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington and an assistant district attorney for the Fort Bend County District Attorney. Mrs. Burks is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Association. She is formerly president of the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, past member of the Black Women Lawyers of Tarrant County, and a 2015 recipient of Texas Lawyer Magazine Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law Award. Mrs. Burks earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University. She and her husband Glenn live in Grand Prairie.
R. Caven Crosnoe
Mr. Crosnoe was appointed by Governor Perry to the Board in February 2014. His term will continue until February 25, 2020. Mr. Crosnoe is an attorney with Sherrill & Gibson, PLLC in Wichita Falls. He is a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of the American and Wichita County Bar Associations, and the State Bar of Texas and its Securities Law Committee, and a board member of Fidelity Bank of Wichita Falls. He is also past president of the West Foundation Board of Trustees, past vice chairman of the Hardin Foundation for Wichita Falls Board of Trustees, past chairman of the Midwestern State University Foundation Board of Trustees, and past board chairman of the YMCA Wichita Falls and Wichita General Service Corporation. Crosnoe earned the bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Crosnoe and his wife Sue reside in Wichita Falls.
F. Lynwood Givens, Ph.D.
Dr. Givens was re-appointed to the Board by Governor Rick Perry in February 2012. His term will continue until February 25, 2018. He is retired from Raytheon Company as Chief Technology Officer, Intelligence and Information Systems Division, and currently is Editorial Advisor for the Journal for Emerging Leaders and teaches high school Advanced Chemistry and Physics. Dr. Givens is a member of the American Physical Society and Gideons International, and a past member of the University of Texas at Dallas Research Advisory Board. He is a Governor-appointed Commissioner for the Texas State Library and Archives Commissioner. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University and the master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Givens and his wife Janice reside in Plano.
Mr. Gregg was appointed to the Board by Governor Rick Perry in February 2012. His term will continue until February 25, 2018. Mr. Gregg is a certified public accountant and a shareholder for Davis, Kinard & Co. He serves as the treasurer of the Seymour School Foundation and the Seymour Community Development Corporation. His former board participation includes the MSU Alumni Association and Baylor County Hospital District; he is also a past advisory board member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. He is a former chairman of the Texas Society of CPAs and former president of the Seymour Lions Club and Haskell Rotary Club. Mr. Gregg earned his bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University. He and his wife Becky live in Seymour.
Mrs. Marks was appointed by Governor Perry to the Board in February 2014. Her term will continue until February 25, 2020. Mrs. Marks is a retired Partners in Education coordinator for the Wichita Falls Independent School District. She is a trustee of The Priddy Foundation and Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation, sustaining member and past president of the Junior League of Wichita Falls, president-elect of the Boys and Girls Club of Wichita Falls, Welcome Center Coordinator for First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, member of the board of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU, and member of the MSU Alumni Association. Mrs. Marks serves on the steering committee of The Institute, sponsored by The Priddy Foundation and the Nonprofit Center of Texoma, an intensive training event for nonprofit leadership teams. She is also a past co-chairman of the American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball of Wichita Falls and past chairman of Hospice of Wichita Falls. Mrs. Marks received her bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University. She resides in Wichita Falls with her husband, Jim.
Samuel M. Sanchez
Mr. Sanchez was re-appointed to the Board by Governor Perry in February 2012. His term will continue until February 25, 2018. He is a practice managing attorney with Cordell & Cordell; he is also a certified mediator. Mr. Sanchez is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Tarrant County Family Law Association, and is a Texas SuperLawyer. He was also selected to the American Inns of Court – Barrister. He received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University before obtaining a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University Law School. Mr. Sanchez and his family reside in Fort Worth.
Shelley Sweatt, Ed.D.
Dr. Sweatt was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Board in February 2016. Her term will continue until February 25, 2022. Dr. Sweatt is executive director of The Priddy Foundation of Wichita Falls. Previously, she has served as a high school chemistry teacher, high school assistant principal, and executive director for curriculum, instruction, and assessment with the Burkburnett Independent School District. Dr. Sweatt is an honorary life member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Exponent Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Philanthropy Southwest, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Wichita Falls, and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She has previously served as a trustee of The Priddy Foundation, board member of River Bend Nature Center, board member of the Appraisal Review Board of Wichita County, steering committee member of Falls Fest, committee member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Teaching, and member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Learning Forward. Dr. Sweatt earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. She and her husband Greg reside in Wichita Falls.
Ms. Piehler was appointed MSU Student Regent by Governor Greg Abbott in June 2015. Her term will expire May 31, 2016. Ms. Piehler is an active member of the MSU Model United Nations team, the American Advertising Federation, and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She is a Redwine Honors Scholar and is part of the Alpha Chi honor society. Ms. Piehler also works at First Baptist Church Wichita Falls as an intern for Junior High students. In 2014, she was named MSU's Outstanding Freshman Woman and in 2015 she was named MSU's Outstanding Junior Woman and Clark Scholar. Ms. Piehler's hometown is Plano. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a minor in Spanish and is expected to graduate May 2017.