The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation Board of Directors welcomed three new members recently: Carl E. Erhart of Austin, central region president of Verizon Communications; Chuck Villarreal of Dallas, director of production operations for tactical missiles and combat maneuver systems for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control; and Norma Martinez Lozano of San Antonio, senior vice president of merger transition for AT&T.
"We are so fortunate to have the UTPA Foundation working on behalf of the University," said Janice Odom, vice president for University Advancement. "And we are especially fortunate that corporate executives like Carl, Chuck and Norma are willing to dedicate themselves to helping our students succeed and our University move forward. Service on the Foundation Board is a true commitment to UTPA."
Erhart has been in the telecommunications industry for almost three decades and has been in his current position since 2008. His responsibilities include shaping and advancing Verizon's public policy initiatives for the wireline, wireless and enterprise business segments. He also directs the company's philanthropic and community relations for the region.
He is a member of the Governor's Business Council in Texas, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas and Indiana CPA societies. He serves on the boards of the Texas Association of Business and the Texas Telephone Association.
Erhart earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Robert Morris University and his master of business administration from George Mason University. He is also a certified public accountant.
"The importance of higher education to the future of Texas and our society as a whole has never been greater," Erhart said. "UTPA plays a vital role through its academic, research and public service programs, and the life-long contributions of its graduates. I'm honored to join the UTPA Foundation Board of Trustees to support and advance the mission of The University of Texas-Pan American."
Villarreal, who has been with Lockheed Martin for about 28 years, has a diverse range of technical experience in mechanical design, analysis, and production. He was a leader in the creation of an integrated mechanical engineering organization and successfully led functional organizations by consistently meeting all program manpower requirements and overhead budget goals.
He earned both his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and his MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Villarreal said he is honored to have been appointed to the Foundation Board and is looking forward to working with fellow board members on providing more opportunities for students at UTPA.
A native of San Antonio who has relatives in the Rio Grande Valley, Villarreal said education has always been a priority in his family. But as they were growing up, there were few job opportunities for him and his relatives in South Texas. Though there are far more jobs available today, Villarreal said he'd like to see job growth continue in the area.
"I like to see what we can do to provide opportunities for graduates, so if people want to stay in the Valley, they can stay," Villarreal said.
Martinez Lozano was the first Hispanic to be appointed as an officer of the former SBC Communications, now AT&T. Among her many accomplishments, Martinez Lozano started Southwestern Bell Messaging Services and launched its CallNotes service. She grew that company from one employee - herself - to 500 employees and gained 750,000 customers in less than five years, making the company profitable in record time.
Being involved in the community is a passion of Martinez Lozano's. She was the 2010 chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the St. Mary's University Board of Trustees and The University of Texas at Austin Advisory Council for the College of Natural Sciences. She is also a board member of the Harlandale Education Foundation, the Free Trade Alliance, the Boy Scouts of America-Alamo Area Council and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics from UT Austin.
The UTPA Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization, chartered in 1982 to raise, manage and invest funds for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes to benefit the University. For more information about the UTPA Foundation, visit the foundation's website.