Comprised of talented alumni, benefactors, and friends who are inspired by the Honors College and committed to advancing our cause, Advisory Council members support us in activities as varied as fund-raising and friend-raising, student recruitment, and placement of young alumni.
Joe B. Armes
Joe Armes is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Capital Southwest Corporation (NASDAQ: CSWC), a Dallas-based, publicly traded investment company founded in 1961. CSWC has approximately $800.0 million in assets and seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation through investments in privately held businesses across a broad range of industry segments, including specialty chemicals, industrial technologies, and energy services. Armes also serves on the Board of Directors (and as chairman of the audit committee) of RSP Permian, Inc. (NYSE: RSPP), an independent oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of unconventional oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin of West Texas.
A Life Member of the Baylor Alumni Association, Armes was selected in 2002 as an Outstanding Young Alumnus. In 2006, he and his wife, Kelly (BBA 1984), received Baylor's Huckins Medallion for philanthropy. Joe and Kelly are members of Baylor's Endowed Scholarship Society and the Baylor Bear Foundation. 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 (Finance) 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 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.
Joe and Kelly are members of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. They have two children -- Annie (a Baylor freshman) and John.
Co-author of The Locust Effect, Victor Boutros is a federal prosecutor who investigates and tries police misconduct, hate crimes, and international human trafficking cases of national significance around the country on behalf of the United States Department of Justice. He is also a member of the Justice Department's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, which was designed to consolidate the expertise of some of the nation's top human trafficking prosecutors and to enhance the federal government's ability to identify and prosecute large trafficking networks. He has trained federal and local law enforcement professionals in the United States on investigating and prosecuting federal civil rights crimes and has taught trial advocacy to lawyers from Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa.
Prior to his work with the Justice Department, Boutros spent time working on similar issues in the developing world. He has worked with the President of Ecuador to improve prison conditions, documented bonded slaves in India, and worked on human trafficking issues as a visiting lawyer with the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa.
Boutros is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago, where he was as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Reviewand received a grant to research human trafficking as a Human Rights Research Fellow. Boutros has written on foreign affairs and human rights, including a feature article he co-authored with Gary Haugen in Foreign Affairs, and served as a Lecturer on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, where he and Haugen developed and taught a course on Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Developing World. Boutros has spoken to churches, law firms, universities and professional schools around the country and has been a guest on radio and television programs on human rights. In February, Oxford University Press published The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, a book Boutros co-authored with Haugen. The Locust Effect is a Washington Postbestseller and has been featured by The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, The Today Show, Forbes, the BBC, and other media outlets.
Boutros lives with his wife and two children in the metro Washington, D.C. area.
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.
David S. Lill graduated from Baylor in 1982 with a B.A. in English and Business, and then served for three years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps as an artillery officer. In 1988, Lill graduated from Baylor Law School and began the practice of law in Austin with Clark, Thomas and Winters, P.C. in the same year. After becoming a partner and serving on the management committee of the Clark, Thomas firm, in 2011, Lill left with a group of attorneys to open the Austin office of Bowman and Brooke LLP, where he is currently the managing partner. Lill has practiced as a trial attorney representing companies and individuals in civil litigation throughout the United States. Lill has tried a wide variety of cases involving allegations of defective pharmaceutical products, medical products, toxic exposures, general negligence, patent infringement, and civil rights violations. Mr. Lill has provided substantial pro bono¬ representation to individuals and religious organizations throughout his career.
Lill has been active as a volunteer in Boy Scouts of America in numerous capacities since 1999, including serving as a scoutmaster of one of the largest and the oldest troops in Austin. He has served on the board of several mission organizations in the Austin area. He and his wife, Emily Wilson Lill, have attended Grace Covenant Church in Austin since 1988, where Lill has served as a member of the Elder Board.
Lill and his wife married in 1982. They have three children, Landon, Avery, and Isaac. Landon is married and practices law in Houston. Avery and Isaac are current undergraduate students at Baylor.
Emily Wilson Lill attended Baylor, class of 1983, and studied Spanish. After working for one of Clifton Robinson's insurance companies to put her husband, David Lill, through Baylor Law School, she has dedicated many years to home, family, church, and especially to the education of her three children.
Lill home schooled their youngest two children, Avery and Isaac, throughout their primary and secondary education. Both are National Merit Finalists and both are students in Baylor's Honors College. Avery (class of 2016) is a University Scholar major with an emphasis in philosophy, and Isaac (Class of 2018) resides in the Honors Residential College and is a mathematics/pre-med major.
Lill has been involved in the American Field Service (AFS) exchange program for many years, both as an exchange student to Spain, and more recently as a host family to exchange students from the Philippines, Thailand, Chile, and Italy. Lill has ongoing mentoring relationships with a number of young women and most recently is beginning a mentor program to provide educational guidance to underprivileged young men who are working, but are seeking to further their education beyond high school.
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 completed 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.
Jerome Loughridge has been president of Great Plains Oilfield Rental, an operating company of Oklahoma City-based Seventy Seven Energy (NYSE: SSE), since 2012. In that capacity, he is responsible for a $250 million operation with more than a thousand employees delivering oilfield services through locations in all the major oil and gas basins in the lower forty-eight states. Prior to joining Great Plains, Loughridge served as president of Black Mesa Energy Services, the oilfield investment arm of private equity firm Ziff Brothers Investments of New York, and as chief operating officer of Great White Energy Services.
Prior to entering the energy business, Loughridge was previously chief executive of Appian International, a real estate investment firm specializing in services to the Spanish-speaking community, and a White House Fellow in the administration of President George W. Bush. During his White House year, Loughridge was appointed Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, where he served in Baghdad and Washington, D.C., on the administration’s Iraqi reconstruction initiative. Before his appointment as a White House Fellow, Loughridge was chief of staff to Baylor President Robert B. Sloan.
Loughridge is a native of Duncan, Okla., and received his bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude from Baylor as a University Scholar in 1995. He earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1998 as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Loughridge met his wife, Tricia, outside of Political Science 2302 class in the fall of 1992. The Loughridges have two boys, William (11) and Alexander (5). Loughridge serves as a deacon and teacher at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla.; as a board member of The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, a preK-12 classical Christian school in Oklahoma City, Okla.; as chairman of the board of Willow Springs Boys Ranch in Chandler, Okla.; and as the least competent soccer coach in the Midwest for two teams of elementary school boys.
Bob Mighell is the president of Inter-Capital Systems, Inc., an accounting and management services firm. He is a C.P.A. and a member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mighell currently sits on the board of the Montana Import Group. He has also served on various corporate and charitable boards including United National Bank, The Center for Family Ministries and Abiding Fathers.
He graduated from Baylor University in 1987 with a BBA in Accounting and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
He and his wife, Suzy (BA '87), are members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas where they have served as Moderators of the Nursery and Childcare Ministry. Bob has also served as a Deacon, a Sunday school teacher in the Laotian Presbyterian Fellowship, and a coordinator, teacher and room leader in the Nursery for 12 years.
The Mighells have three children -- Connor, a senior University Scholar at Baylor; Weston, a junior Sports Management major at Baylor; and Becca, a senior in high school.
Suzy Mighell is a PR and Communications Consultant specializing in non-profits. Her areas of expertise include social media management, media relations, and branding.
Mighell currently sits on the board of The Cambridge School of Dallas, where she chaired the Development Committee for the past two years as well as serving on the Board Governance committee. She sat on the board of Providence Christian School of Texas for six years, working on the Development committee, chairing the Board Governance committee and serving two years as vice-chair of the Board. She has also served on the board of the Baylor University Women's Council of Dallas and as president of Parent Fellowship at The Cambridge School of Dallas.
Mighell graduated with honors from Baylor University in 1987 with a BA in Public Relations. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, President of Omicron Delta Kappa honors fraternity and a member of Mortar Board.
She and her husband, Bob (BA '87), are members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas where they have served as Moderators of the Nursery and Childcare Ministry. They have worked as coordinators, teachers, and room leaders in the Nursery for 12 years.
The Mighells have three children -- Connor, a senior University Scholar at Baylor; Weston, a junior Sports Management major at Baylor; and Becca, a senior in high school.
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, 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.
Pratt is the author of two books, and she has travelled 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 Broadway Baptist Church.
Pratt 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 Deb is a part-time speech therapist in the Arlington School District and Max is Vice President of Finance for the D/FW Airport.
Mr. William K. Robbins, Jr., a veteran of the Korean War, received a bachelor of arts (1952) and a bachelor of laws (1954) from Baylor and a juris doctor (1969) from Baylor Law School.
He is founder and CEO of North American Corp., which originated in 1971. Headquartered in Houston, North American is principally engaged in consulting, finance, 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 coun¬sel for Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon Corp.).
At Baylor, he currently serves on the Board of Regents and is a member of the Endowed Scholarship Society, the Bear Foundation, 1845 Society, 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 in 2008.
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 Clincial 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, and he has served as a Baptist deacon and trustee in various churches. The Robbins are members of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. They have three children and three 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.
Rachel Lynne Wilkerson lives in Waco, Tex., where she currently works as a data analyst and lecturer at Baylor University.
She graduated as a University Scholar with a concentration in mathematics in 2011. Her fondest memories of her time in the Honors College include the riotous laughter of The Pulse officer meetings and discussions with classmates on the porch of Alexander. After graduation, she embarked on a Master’s in Complexity Science at the University of Warwick in England. During her time in the UK, she continued her coursework in mathematical physics, studied causality in nonlinear dynamical systems, and modeled the propagation of an epidemic using mobile phone records. She aims to further an understanding of the complex systems that undergird wicked problems in public health while keeping one hand engaged with the human needs on the streets.
While pursuing her research interests, Rachel has spent time living and working in Budapest and Amsterdam. In 2013, she worked as the Regional Director to launch a satellite office of Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) in her hometown of Lubbock. After spending a year travelling in West Texas working to implement anti-hunger programs, she returned to Waco to join the research team at THI and design a course of study in data science for graduate students in the Department of Economics at Baylor. At present, she also lectures in the Mathematics Department.
Beyond Baylor, Rachel serves on the Hunger Education and Advocacy Committee of the World Hunger Relief Farm and frequently writes about cultivating still points of reflection in an increasingly fast-paced, technological world.
Don Willett has served on the Supreme Court of Texas since August 2005.
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 is currently pursuing a LLM in Judicial Studies from Duke Law School. 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. He has also served as Senior Fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and non-resident fellow with the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Justice Willett’s professional honors include Jurist of the Year (Texas Review of Law & Politics), 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. An elected member of the American Law Institute, Justice Willett was inducted into the Forney Hall of Honor and is a Fellow of the American, Texas, and Austin bar foundations.
Justice Willett has a long history of nonprofit board service, including the Texas Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service, the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency (judicial selection reform task force), the National Fatherhood Initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, SafePlace, ConSource, the Harlan Institute, the Honors College at Baylor University, etc.
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 White House, 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.