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Executive Advisory Board

Mission Statement

COBA's Executive Advisory Board works to advance the mission of the College by promoting the visibility and enhancing the reputation of our educational programs and outreach activities. It provides guidance and assistance to improve our competitiveness through our academic offerings, faculty and staff development, and student recruitment, retention and placement.

Opportunities for COBA Executive Board Involvement

  • Promoting visibility and reputation of COBA programs in the region.
  • Assisting in academic program development.
  • Assisting in recruitment, retention, development and placement of COBA students
  • Partnering with COBA to further internationalization efforts.
  • Partnering with COBA in fund-raising efforts to support initiatives such as:
    • General scholarships.
    • Study abroad scholarships.
    • Faculty research enhancement fund.
    • Periodic updating of COBA recruitment materials.
    • Updating of educational technology.
  • Assisting to bridge the gap between the classroom and the business by:
    • Serving as guest lectures / speakers.
    • Facilitating development of student and faculty internships.
    • Partnering with COBA in Executive Mentoring Program.
    • Partnering / sponsoring COBA Student Organizations.
  • Other ideas are welcomed.
Executive Advisory Board
Name Position
Mr. Ben Baty Retired Oil Industry Executive
Mr. George F. "Lin" Bearden President and CEO of 1st National Bank
Mr. James Carter Retired Exec. Director, Strategic Marketing Insights & Research, AT&T Services
Dr. Jerry DeHay Founding Dean, COBA
Ms. Monica Fowler CFO & VP of Finance, Ft. Worth Transportation Authority
Mr. Rocky Hardin President, Embree Capital Markets Group, Inc
Mr. Joe Huddleston President & CEO, F&M Bank
Mr. Mike Kornegay Entrepreneur & Former President, Tarleton Alumni Association.
Mr. Mark Martin President of Interbank
Ms. Paula Matzen Former Director, Finance & Business Operations, Lockheed Martin Corp.
Mr. Dan McCoy President Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Ms. Vickie Pettit Sr. VP, Asst. Chief Operating Officer First Financial Bank, N.A.-Stephenville
Mr. Gerard Rodriguez Network Operations Center Manager, Lockheed Martin Corp.