Four Houston residents have been elected to the board of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center Foundation: James R. Montague was elected Foundation chairman, Joe B. Foster was elected president, and Mavis P. Kelsey, Sr., M.D. and Dan S. Wilford were elected as board members. The Foundation facilitates fund raising and asset management services for the Health Science Center in order to secure the financial support required to sustain programs that include education, research and service to the community.
“These individuals will be key to building the future of the A&M System Health Science Center,” said Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the A&M System Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System. “We are most grateful that leading citizens of their stature are joining with us to serve the state and advance the mission of the A&M System Health Science
Center.”
Montague retired in 2001 after 31 years with International Paper Company, serving as president of IP Petroleum Company, Chocolate Bayou Water Company and GCO Minerals Company. A 1969 graduate of Texas A&M University in architectural construction, Montague serves as a director on numerous civic and industry boards, including Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Covenant Houston of Texas and Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P.
Foster is chairman of the board of Newfield Exploration Company, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company he founded in 1989, which ranks among the top dozen producers of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to founding Newfield, Foster was chairman and president of Tenneco Oil Company and executive vice president and director of its parent Tenneco Inc. He served with Tenneco for 31 years and was also chairman of the Tenneco Gas Pipeline Group. A graduate of Texas A&M University with degrees in petroleum engineering and general business, Foster was named a distinguished alumnus of the university in 1997. He has served as chairman of the National Petroleum Council, vice president of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, and trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation. Among his many civic responsibilities, he is currently a director of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
Kelsey is a retired professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he served as Dean of the Post Graduate School of Medicine, and an emeritus professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. A 1932 graduate of Texas A&M University, Kelsey received his medical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and also earned a master of science degree in medicine from the University of Minnesota. Both Texas A&M and UTMB have honored Kelsey as a distinguished alumnus. During his 50 years of practice, he served as a flight surgeon and on the staff of the Mayo Clinic, later helping to found Houston’s Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. A staunch believer in philanthropy, Kelsey has served on numerous development boards.
Wilford is past president of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and its nine subsidiary corporations. A 1962 graduate of the University of Mississippi, he received his master’s degree in hospital administration from Washington University at St. Louis in 1966. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Washington University Health Administration Program Distinguished Alumnus Award, the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Gold Medal Award and the Texas Hospital Association’s Earl C. Collier Award. He continues to be active on three corporate boards of directors and as an advisor to Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. He serves on the board of directors or advisory boards of twelve not-for-profit organizations, most of which are health related.
Other members of the board are Bill H. Magee of College Station, TX, who was elected secretary; Tanis S. Hager of Paris, TX; Emil E. Ogden of College Station; Miro A. Pavelka, D.D.S.,M.S.D., of Richardson; and Glen E. Roney of McAllen. Ex-Officio members of the board include Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the A&M System Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs; James S. Cole, D.D.S., dean of Baylor College of Dentistry and past president of the
Baylor Oral Health Foundation (1996-2000); and Judith F. Franklin, executive director of development for the Health Science Center. The board will hold quarterly meetings, which will be rotated among the A&M System Health Science Center components.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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