DI People: UNTHSC Names Provost, EVP; TWU Appoints Associate VP, CIO; Chapman Honored by Les Femmes du Monde

In this roundup of DFW personnel activity, awards, and honors, you'll also find details about honors for Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Envy Gaming naming new president, COO.

Top, from left, Salvador Espino and Dr. Sandra Chapman; center, Geoff Moore, Betsy Price, Charles Taylor, and Joe DePetrillo; bottom, April Barnes.

UNTHSC NAMES TAYLOR AS PROVOST, EXECUTIVE VP

Charles Taylor

Effective Aug. 1, Charles Taylor, PharmD, will become Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Previously, Taylor served as dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy.

“We should be a beacon of excellence and innovation in educating the next generation of scientists and health professionals,” he said. “My top priority is to recruit deans who are dynamic leaders, business-minded, visionary and student-centric to take UNTHSC to the next level.” 

Find out more about Taylor here.

TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY NAME CLEMMONS NAMED ASSOCIATE VP, CIO

Raechelle Clemmons has been named associate vice president for technology and chief information officers at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

“I’ve focused my entire higher education career on working strategically and collaboratively to advance innovation, transformation and change through technology.”
Raechelle Clemmons

Clemmons has held senior IT positions at the higher education institutions in three states and began her IT career at Silicon Valley startups Digital Impact and Netline, the university said in a release.

“I’ve focused my entire higher education career on working strategically and collaboratively to advance innovation, transformation, and change through technology,” Clemmons said in a release.  “I look forward to helping TWU shape a vision for how technology might be strategically applied to advance the university’s growing campus communities in Denton, Dallas, and Houston. I’m excited to be joining the TWU community and am deeply committed to the university’s primary purpose—to ‘educate a woman and empower the world.’”

She succeeds Dennis Hoebee, who has been serving as interim vice provost for technology and chief information officer, the university said.  

SANDRA CHAPMAN HONORED BY LES FEMMES DU MONDE

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

Dr. Sandra Chapman has been named Les Femmes du Monde Woman of the Year by Les Femmes du Monde.

Chapman is the founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she holds the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair.

The presentation will take place Oct. 24 at a gala dinner at the Dallas Country Club.

Founded in 1961, Les Femmes du Monde was formed as a fundraising committee on behalf of the Dallas Council of World Affairs, now called the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. It became a nonprofit in 1987. The Child Life Program at Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center was added as a secondary beneficiaty in 1998.

BETSY PRICE NOMINATED FOR WORLD MAYOR PRIZE

Betsy Price

The city of Fort Worth announced that Mayor Betsy Price is among 50 mayors from around the globe competing for the World Mayor Prize. She was recommended for consideration by 17 individuals and organizations before being placed on the list and subsequently received further nominations, the city said. 

The competition is organized annually by City Mayors Foundation, a London-based group founded in 2004, to recognize mayors who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.

This year, the award will focus on women who serve as mayors.

ENVY GAMING NAMES MOORE AS PRESIDENT, COO

Geoff Moore

Geoff Moore has been named former Circuit of The Americas and Stars executive Geoff Moore as the first president and COO of Dallas-based multigame esports organization Envy Gaming.

Most recently, the 25-year veteran of sports marketing and fan engagement consulted on stadium design as a partner at LOGE Capital Partners, a joint venture with HKS Sports & Entertainment.

Envy Gaming relocated its headquarters and business operations to North Texas in 2017.

FORMER FORT WORTH COUNCIL MEMBER JOINS TRINITY METRO

Former Fort Worth City Council member Salvador Espino has been hired as director of government relations by Trinity Meto.

Salvador Espino

He will manage the transportation agency’s government relations at the local, state, and federal levels, according to the Fort Worth Business Press. The publication said that Espino will develop and implement Trinity Metro’s strategic legislative plan, analyze legislation that could affect transit, and work with elected officials and their staffs.

“He brings a wealth of Fort Worth knowledge and legislative experience to this role,” Trinity Metro President and CEO Paul Ballard said of Espino. “His background in public policy and his transportation leadership will be essential, as he develops a strategic legislative plan for the future of transit in Tarrant County.”

Espino served on the Fort Worth Council from 2005 to 2017, and was chairman of the Infrastructure and Transporation Committee and the Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

UNT NAMES BARNES ASSOCIATE VP FOR BUDGET, ANALYTICS

April Barnes

The University of North Texas has appointed April Barnes as associate vice president for budget and analytics. 

Barnes comes to the Denton campus from her role as associate vice president for budget and planning at UNT-Dallas, where she managed budget duties while building service-focused relations across the university, a release said.

“Collaborating with our faculty and staff will be the most rewarding part of this job,” Barnes said in the release. I’m passionate about equipping our customers with useful budget tools and providing extraordinary customer service so that they understand the university’s financial priorities and how they can help UNT achieve those goals.”

OTHER PERSONNEL NEWS

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas named Raja Doddala, Gretchen Ganc, Neeti Khaitan Gupta, and Michelle Peak as new board members for its 2019-20 fiscal year.

Chris Summer has been promoted to shareholder at Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach PC.

Karmela Gaffney has been named vice president of integrated marketing by Academic Partnerships.

Chris Castle has been promoted to president of the Allen branch of Happy State Bank.

Joe DePetrillo is now chief marketing officer at Borden Dairy Co., which also named Nick Suffredin as vice president of research and development, and Brent Fowler as vice president of operations.

Alex Stevens has been named a partner at McGinnis Lochridge.

Regions Bank has promoted Scott Jones to Fort Worth market executive and Brad Campbell to Dallas market executive.

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