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Colleen McHugh

Colleen McHugh

Corpus Christi

Appointed by

Governor Perry

Chairman Term




COLLEEN MCHUGH, Corpus Christi, Texas, was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry on October 11, 2005. In a Board meeting on March 3, 2010, her fellow Regents elected her Chairman of the Board. As Chairman, she serves on the Special Compensation Committee.

As Vice Chairman, Ms. McHugh chaired the Health Affairs Committee and served as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. She has served as the Athletics Liaison; as a member of The Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Program Advisory Committee; and on the Board of Director of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). In addition, she chaired the Task Force on UTMB Clinical Operations.

Governor Perry named Ms. McHugh Chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission in 2001. Originally appointed as the first woman to serve on the Public Safety Commission in 1998 by then-Governor George W. Bush, Governor Perry reappointed Ms. McHugh to the Commission in 2004 and continued her term as Chairman. The Department's diverse divisions include the Texas Highway Patrol and the Texas Rangers. Ms. McHugh resigned from the Commission in October 2005 to accept her appointment to the Board of Regents. Governor Perry also appointed Ms. McHugh to the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security, which the Governor convened soon after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The lawyers of Texas elected Ms. McHugh State Bar of Texas President for the Bar's 1996-1997 term. As President, Ms. McHugh led the successful legislative effort to increase legal services funding for disadvantaged Texans. She was the first woman to chair the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.

A strategic adviser and goal-oriented lawyer, Ms. McHugh is recognized for her innovative and pragmatic approach to managing complex issues. Business leaders rely on her good judgment, communication skills, and problem-solving ability. She is employed as Vice President, Compliance, Risk Management and Privacy Officer for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.

Ms. McHugh has affiliations with a number of distinguished organizations including The Center for American and International Law, Board of Trustees (1997-present), Executive Committee (2000-present); The American Law Institute, member (2001-present); and The Philosophical Society of Texas (2000-present). Ms. McHugh is a member of the American Bank, N.A. Board of Directors.

She is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the highly regarded American Law Institute, the organization responsible for publishing the Restatement of Law series. Ms. McHugh has also earned the distinction of election to the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Ms. McHugh has a distinguished record of public and professional service including membership on the Texas Public Safety Commission, Chairman (2001-2005), member (1998-2005); the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security (2001-2003); the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors (2006-2008); the U.S.S. Lexington Museum, President (2002-2003), Board of Directors (1997-2006); CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Board of Trustees (2001-2007); the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board of Directors (2003-2006); the Texas Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees (1994-1996), Life Fellow; American Bar Association, House of Delegates (1996-2002); National Conference of Bar Presidents Executive Council (1997-2000); American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow; Corpus Christi Bar Association, President (1988-1989).

Ms. McHugh received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.

last updated March 3, 2010