Honors College Advisory Council
Joe B. Armes
Joseph B. Armes is president and CEO of JBA Investment Partners GP, LLC. From 2005 to 2010, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Hicks Holdings LLC, a holding company with investments in sports, private equity, real estate and other assets, serving as a director and officer of numerous private companies on four continents across a broad spectrum of industries. During that period, Mr. Armes led the acquisition, management and disposition of a diverse portfolio of private equity investments including Gammaloy, Inc., River City Landscape Supply, Inc., Ocular LCD, Inc., DirecPath LLC, Latrobe Specialty Steel Inc., Grupo Pilar, and Anvita, Inc. Of particular note, Mr. Armes served as President, CEO and Director of Hicks Acquisition Company I, Inc. (ASE:HACI), a special purpose acquisition company that successfully completed a $552.0 million initial public offering in 2007.
Mr. Armes previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hicks Sports Group LLC, as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Suiza Foods Corporation (the predecessor to Dean Foods Corporation (NYSE:DF)), and as Vice President and General Counsel of The Morningstar Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MSTR). Prior thereto, he was associated with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions.
He currently serves on the Dallas Summer Musicals board of directors and is a member of Baylor's Endowed Scholarship Society and the Baylor Bear Foundation. A Life Member of the Baylor Alumni Association, Mr. Armes was selected in 2002 as an Outstanding Young Alumnus. In 2006, he and his wife, Kelly, received Baylor's Huckins Medallion for philanthropy. Mr. Armes previously served on the Baylor University Board of Regents, the Baylor Foundation Board and the Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board.
He earned a BBA in 1983 and a MBA in 1984, both from Baylor. He also earned a JD from Southern Methodist University's School of Law in 1991, where he was an editor of the Southwestern Law Journal.
He and his wife, Kelly (BBA '84), are members of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. They have two children -- Annie and John.
Jack Fields earned his undergraduate degree in history from Baylor in 1974, having served as Student Body President for two years and as a member of Kappa Omega Tau. He graduated from the Baylor School of Law in 1977 and was admitted to the Texas Bar that same year. Three years later, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented the 8th Congressional District of Texas for sixteen years (1980-1996). While in Congress, Fields served as a member of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee; the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee; and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.
He served on the Baylor Board of Trustees from 1982-1990, and as a member of the Baylor Board of Regents in 1991.
In 2004, the U.S. Post Office in Kingwood was renamed the "Congressman Jack Fields Post Office" in Fields' honor.
Fields has served on various corporate and charitable boards. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer for Twenty-First Century Group, a Washington, D.C. government affairs company; and he is owner of Dos Angeles Ranch, a wing shooting lodge, which also backgrounds cattle for a feed yard in Lubbock and grows olives for olive oil production.
He serves as Director of INVESCO, a mutual fund complex; Insperity, an NYSE company, which is in the professional employment business; and the Discovery Global Education Fund, a non-profit affiliated with The Discovery Channel, with the purpose of providing educational enhancement for children around the world.
Fields is married to Lynn Fields and has two daughters, Jordan and Alexa (Lexi), and a stepson, Josh Hughes.
Sue Holt Getterman
Mrs. Sue Holt Getterman earned a bachelor of arts degree from Baylor in 1950.
The Gettermans received the 2000 Waco Philanthropists of the Year award from the Central Texas Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. They were instrumental in creating the Ted and Sue Getterman Wellness Center in connection with Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. They also have received Baylor's Huckins and Neff Medallions, the Athletic Director's Hall of Honor Achievement Award, and the Baylor Founders Award. They have established Baylor scholarships in business, music, education, religion, and athletics. Additionally, they provided the largest donation to women's athletics, which resulted in Getterman Softball Stadium, and are the major benefactors towards the completion of Armstrong Browning Library's Garden of Contentment. They are members of the Heritage Club and the Baylor-Waco Foundation, where she served as the first chair of the women's division. She also served as a member of the Baylor Board of Regents from 2001-2010 and was a member of Baylor's Campaign for Greatness National Steering Committee. She currently serves on the Baylor Advisory Board for the President's Scholarship Initiative and is a member of Pi Beta Phi.
A former president of the Junior League of Waco, she served as the first co-chair of the Junior League Charity Ball. She also has served as president of Evangelia and as treasurer for the Oakwood Cemetery. She has served on the boards of United Way, Waco Girls Club, and Regis-St. Elizabeth. While her sons were in school, she held various positions in the Parent Teachers Association. A member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church since childhood, she is involved in senior ministry and has taught Sunday School, chaired the decorations committee, and served on the building committee.
She and her husband, Louis (Ted) (BBA '49, JD '51), have two sons -- Louis, III (Texas A&M BBA '75) and Holt (BBA '77). They have four grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.
Kenneth L. Hall
Kenneth L. Hall is President Emeritus of Buckner International, a global Christian ministry that provides humanitarian aid, volunteer missions opportunities, community enrichment and prevention programs, an international network of residential, foster care and transitional housing services, domestic and international adoption, support programs for children living in orphanages in other countries, and operation of seven senior living communities in Texas.
Hall served as Buckner's fifth president and CEO from1994-2010 and retired as CEO in April of 2012. During his leadership tenure as president, Buckner grew into one of the nation's showcase social service non-governmental organizations, annually serving more than 400,000 people through an array of diverse services designed to care for orphans, vulnerable children and families, and elder adults. Hall oversaw the expansion of Buckner to include more than $200 million in capital improvements in the past 15 years and the growth of the Buckner endowment to $200 million. Today, Buckner lists total assets nearing $400 million.
Along with the capital growth and improvements, Hall guided Buckner to expand its service offerings beyond the borders of Texas and the United States by launching the organization's international programs in 1996.
Prior to assuming the leadership of Buckner, he served as pastor of four Texas Baptist churches.
A Louisiana native, he earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and a master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He also is an honorary alumnus of George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco and received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. He is the author of Inside, Outside: The Church in Social Ministry and Road Maps: Directions for Living. Hall serves as a regent for Baylor University. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of LeTourneau University in Longview. He is a past president of the 2.5 million-member Baptist General Convention of Texas and has served as a board member of the Alliance for Children and Families and Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
D. Michael Lindsay
Award winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College. President Lindsay earned his Ph. D. in sociology from Princeton University. From 2006 until 2011, he was a member of the faculty at Rice University, where he directed the Program for the Study of Leadership.
An expert on issues relating to religion, culture and leadership, Lindsay's Pulitzer-nominated book, Faith in the Halls of Power, was listed in Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of 2007," and his work has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, and Fox News Channel. In 2012, President Lindsay and his team of researchers will complete the PLATINUM Study, the largest ever interview-based examination of senior organizational leaders -- including former Presidents Carter and Bush, and hundreds of CEOs at the nation's largest corporations and nonprofits.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, President Lindsay graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University and holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wycliffe Hall at Oxford.
Minette Drumwright Pratt
Mrs. Minette Drumwright Pratt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor in 1951 and attended Southwestern Theological Seminary.
She formerly worked with the International Mission Board as assistant to the executive vice president and as director of the Office of International Prayer Strategy. She served as vice president of the Baylor Alumni Association in 1978 and president of Southwestern Seminary Alumni in 1988. She has served on boards or held key positions with National Woman's Missionary Union, North America Mission Board, Seminary Woman's Club, Fort Worth Woman's Club, Junior Woman's Club of Fort Worth, Friends of Fort Worth Library, Lena Pope Children's Home, and Auxiliary for Dorcas House (home for battered women). She has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
In 1984, Mrs. Pratt received the Mrs. J. M. Dawson Award from the SBC Ministers' Wives Conference, given for outstanding contributions to the denomination.
She served on the Baylor Board of Regents from 1999-2008.
Mrs. Pratt is the author of two books, and she travels extensively leading conferences and seminars.
She was married for 30 years (1951-1981) to the late Huber L. Drumwright, Jr., a Baylor graduate (BA '47) and former Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Seminary. In July, 2003, she married Dr. William M. (Bill) Pratt, retired psychologist from Houston. She is a member of North Fort Worth Baptist Church.
She has two daughters, both Baylor graduates: Minette (Meme) Evelyn Perry (BA '74, MBA '81; PhD '86 University of North Carolina) and Debra (Deb) K. Underwood (BSEd '81, MS '82). Meme and her husband, Dr. H.W. Perry, are both on the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin. Deb and her husband, Max Underwood, live in Colleyville, where Max is vice president of finance for the D/FW Airport.
William K. Robbins, Jr.
Mr. William K. Robbins, Jr. received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1954 from Baylor University. Also, he received a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School in 1969. He is a veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Robbins is founder and Chief Executive Officer of North American Corporation, which originated in 1971. Headquartered in Houston, North American is principally engaged in consulting, finance, and investments, and oil and gas activities. He serves on the boards for several United States and foreign corporations. He has served as an officer and director of various international subsidiary companies of Union Carbide Corp. from 1963 to 1971. From 1956 to 1963, he was a legal counsel for Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon Corp.).
At Baylor, he is a member of the Board of Regents and serves on the Finance, Investment, and Audit Committees. Also, he is a member of the Endowed Scholarship Society, the Bear Foundation, Old Main Society, and the Heritage Club. He is a life member of the Baylor Law Alumni Association and is a member of the Honors College Advisory Council. He and his wife, the former Mary Jo Huey, received the James Huckins, Pat Neff, and Presidents Medallions in 2003. They were inducted into the Judge R.E.B. Baylor Society at the Bronze Level in 2008.
Mr. Robbins is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the New York State Bar Association, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, as well as several U.S. District Courts. He is a trustee of Baylor College of Medicine, serving on the Finance, Investment, and Clinical Affairs Committees. Also, he serves as a trustee of several foundations in the United States, Canada, and India.
He is an active financial supporter of mission endeavors, particularly in the start up of pioneer mission work. He has served as a Baptist deacon and trustee in various churches. The Robbins are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Pearland. They have three children and four grandchildren.
David Solomon received his B.A. from Baylor University (1964) and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas (1972). He joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 1968. He has also been a National Endowment of Humanities Research Fellow at Oxford University in 1972-73, a Milbank Research Fellow at Boston University in 1975-77, a University Research Fellow at Oxford University in 1982-83 and 1988-89 (where he was affiliated with Brasenose College), and a visiting professor at Baylor University in 1994-95. He was the founding director of the Notre Dame Arts and Letters/Science Honors Program (1981-86) and the director of the Notre Dame London Program (1985-1986). He formerly served as the H. B. and W. P. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture from its founding in 1998 until 2012. As of July 1, 2012, he has returned to his faculty position in the Department of Philosophy at Notre Dame.
His research interests have focused for the most part on issues in contemporary moral philosophy with a special interest in medical ethics. He was the co-author of the first study of the public policy implications of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision, Abortion and Public Policy, and a study of the philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars, The Synoptic Vision. He is the author of a number of articles, which appear in scholarly journals as well as in more popular journals. He has appeared frequently on television, including The Firing Line, and has been the academic advisor for many years of Notre Dame's nationally syndicated PBS television program, Today's Life Choices, on which he frequently appears. He is a contributor to both the Encyclopedia of Ethics and the Encyclopedia of Bioethics. His videotaped lectures, Ethics in the 20th Century, are included in the Great Teacher's Series. Prof. Solomon has lectured at over 100 colleges and universities in this country and Europe.
Justice Don R. Willett
Don Willett was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas in August 2005 and elected statewide to a full term in November 2006.
Before assuming the bench, Justice Willett was a Deputy Texas Attorney General, serving as chief legal adviser to Attorney General Greg Abbott on the complete array of major legal issues confronting Texas.
Before that, Justice Willett was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he played a key role in the President's judicial selection and nominations process and also supervised cutting-edge civil and criminal justice initiatives. Before joining the Justice Department, Willett served as Special Assistant to the President in the White House, providing legal counsel on religious liberty and other issues.
From 1996 to 2000, Justice Willett was Director of Research & Special Projects for then-Governor Bush, and later was Domestic Policy & Special Projects Adviser to the 2000 Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign and Transition Team.
A native Texan, Justice Willett grew up in a town of 32 people, raised by a widowed mom who waited tables at the local truck stop to support her family. He earned a triple-major BBA from Baylor University and his J.D. with honors along with an A.M. in political science from Duke University. He served as law clerk to Judge Jerre S. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 1993 to 1996, he practiced employment/labor law in the Austin office of Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. and also handled significant pro bono matters for various nonprofit legal foundations.
Justice Willett has written for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and The Texas Review of Law & Politics.
His professional honors include Outstanding Young Alumnus of Baylor University, the Price Daniel Distinguished Public Service Award, the Faith and Integrity in Legal Services Award, and the Austin Under 40 Award. A member of the American Law Institute, Justice Willett was inducted into the Forney Hall of Honor and is a Fellow of the Texas and Austin bar foundations.
Justice Willett serves as Supreme Court Liaison to the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the Grievance Oversight Committee, and the Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency.
Justice Willett's long history of community involvement includes appointments to the Texas Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service, the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency (judicial selection reform task force), and the 1997–98 Class of Leadership Austin. His board and nonprofit service includes the National Fatherhood Initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, SafePlace, and the Texas Lyceum Association. He has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Honors College at Baylor University, ConSource (The Constitutional Sources Project), the Texas Review of Law & Politics, the Federalist Society (Austin chapter), the Harlan Institute, and the Baylor University Council for Institutional Development. In addition, Justice Willett was a Class XXII member of the Governor's Executive Development Program, and in the mid-1990s was a Senior Fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has also served as a non-resident fellow with the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Justice Willett's wife, Tiffany, helped lead the President's Commission on White House Fellowships and previously worked in the Texas Senate. After serving in the Bush Administration, she worked at Texas CASA, which advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system.
The Willett family includes three young children -- Jacob, Shane-David, and Genevieve.