Governor Abbott Names Susser Chair And Appoints Shaw To Governor’s University Research Initiative Advisory Board

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Communication

The board was established to assist the Office of the Governor with the review and evaluation of applications for funding of grant proposals, and makes recommendations for approval or disapproval of those applications.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mike Fernandez Shaw to the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) Advisory Board for a term at the pleasure of the Governor. Additionally, the Governor named Sam L. Susser as chair of the board. The board was established to assist the Office of the Governor with the review and evaluation of applications for funding of grant proposals, and makes recommendations for approval or disapproval of those applications.

Mike Fernandez Shaw of Fredericksburg is owner and operator of Mike Shaw Automotive, which includes seven dealerships in three different states. He is the former vice president of the Toyota National Minority Dealer Council and a former member of the Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Council, Gulf States Toyota Dealer Council, Toyota National Dealer Council on Dealer Diversity, General Motors Hispanic Dealer Advisory Board, General Motors and Chevrolet National Dealer Councils, and the Toyota Lexus Dealer Advisory Network. He is a former board member of the Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees and the South Texas Charity Quail Hunt Benefit and a trustee of the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, he is a member of the Texas A&M Athletic Ambassadors and the Texas A&M Champions Century Council and a life member and former board member of the National Western Stock Show Association. Shaw received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Sam L. Susser of Corpus Christi has served on the GURI Advisory Board since September 2015. He is chairman of BancAffiliated, Inc., chairman of the Corpus Christi Athletic Club and a director of National Retail Properties. He previously served as chairman of Susser Petroleum/Sunoco, L.P. and Stripes, L.L.C. He currently is chair of the University Development Board at the University of Texas, a member of the Advisory Board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, co-chair of Governmental Relations Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the MD Anderson Board of Visitors, and a director of the Board of Southwestern Medical Foundation. He also serves on the Executive Committee as the immediate past chair of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital System in South Texas and on the Board of Texas 2036. Susser received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.