HTC Adds Three To Distinguished Board

Houston Technology Center (HTC), Houston”s business accelerator, today announced the introduction of three new members to its Board of Directors. Elected to the Houston Technology Center Board are former astronaut and PBI, Inc. President Bernard Harris, Jr., M.D.; Houston Community College Chancellor Bruce Leslie, M.D.; and Precision Task Group, Inc. President and CEO Massey Villarreal.

Dr. Bernard Harris is currently the president of the Harris Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting investment in human resources and technology for the future. He is also an associate professor of internal medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch and an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Harris was at NASA for 10 years, where he performed research including development of in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space and traveled more than 438 hours and 7.2 million miles in space. He is a member of the NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Committee, a consultant for the NASA Aerospace Safety Panel and serves on the board of directors for the NASA Medical Informatics, Technology and Applications Center. He is also a member of the NIH National Institute for Deafness and Communications disorders and the Institute of Medicine (IOM.) Dr. Harris was elected as Fellow of the American College of Physicians and was awarded the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.

When he was appointed chancellor of the Houston Community College (HCC) System, Dr. Bruce Leslie brought 30 years of experience in teaching and executive administration to HCC. Dr. Leslie was previously chancellor of the Community-Technical Colleges of Connecticut, a system of 12 colleges with an enrollment of more than 150,000 students. In his three years as chancellor, he secured an increase in legislative funding and obtained $320 million for facility and technology development. Dr. Leslie also taught history at the College of the Mainland and Sam Houston State University and was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Governor”s State University in Illinois. Dr. Leslie received the President”s Recognition from the African Americans in Higher Education in Connecticut Association in 1999, the Presidential Service Award from The State University of New York in 1994 and The Urban League of Central New York”s Harriet Tubman Corporate Award in 1992.

In addition his leadership of Precision Task Group, a Hispanic-run computer consulting firm, Massey Villarreal is the chairman of the board of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RHNA.) The RHNA is based in Washington, D.C., and represents the interests of more than seven million Hispanic Republicans in the United States. He also serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and the United Way. He was recently appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as a presiding officer of the governing board of the Texas Department of Economic Development, an agency responsible for maximizing development opportunities for Texas communities in a global economy. Villarreal served as chairman of the board for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC.)

“We are thrilled to have these three gentlemen on our board of directors,” said Paul Frison, president of HTC. “Their contributions of time and experience, coupled with their passion for technology, will be invaluable to HTC as we continue our mission to grow a thriving technology community in the city of Houston.”

Harris, Leslie and Villarreal join 25 other prominent members of the HTC’s current board of directors including:
Morrie K. Abramson, chairman, Kent Electronics Corporation;
Robert Beauchamp, president and CEO, BMC Software;
Lloyd M. Bentsen III, president, Bentsen Financial Corporation; chairman, Houston Technology Center;
Rod Canion, Co-CEO, Tricord Systems, Inc.; chairman, Insource Technology; chairman, Questia Media, Inc.; founder, Compaq Computer Corporation;
Michael D. Capellas, president and CEO, Compaq Computer Corporation;
Nancy T. Chang, Ph.D., president and CEO, Tanox Inc.;
M. Robert Dussler, president and COO, Palmetto Partners, Ltd.;
Doug Erwin, chief executive officer, PentaSafe Security Technologies;
Roy S. Estess, (Ex Officio) director, NASA – Johnson Space Center;
Ralph D. Feigin, M.D., president and CEO, Baylor College of Medicine;
Paul M. Frison, president and CEO, Houston Technology Center;
Malcolm Gillis, Ph.D., president, Rice University;
Jenard Gross, president, Gross Builders, Inc.;
Charles Hines, Ph.D., president, Prairie View A&M University;
Martin Lindenberg, M.D, president, Lindenberg Interests;
M. David Low, M.D., Ph.D., president, The University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center;
David B. McWilliams, president and chief executive officer, Texas Biotechnology;
John Mendelsohn, M.D., president, The University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center;
Matthew R. Simmons, chairman, Simmons & Company International;
Jeffrey K. Skilling, former president and COO, Enron Corp.;
Priscilla D. Slade, Ph.D., president, Texas Southern University;
Arthur K. Smith, Ph.D., chancellor, University of Houston System; president, University of Houston;
John D. Stobo, M.D., president, The University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston;
James T. Willerson, M.D., president, The University of Texas Health Science Center;
R. Blake Young, president, Global Technology – Dynegy Inc.