ACU names four new members to Board of Trustees


For immediate release
Aug. 15, 2001

Four people have been named to the Board of Trustees at Abilene Christian University: Pat Holder of Bedford, Patsy Parker of Frisco, Barry Packer of Dallas and Steve Smith of College Station.

The Board of Trustees is the 93-member, self-perpetuating governing body of ACU. The four new members will attend their first Board of Trustees meetings Aug. 24-25 on the ACU campus.

Holder, principal partner of First Worthing Co., graduated from ACU in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. While at ACU he was a three-year football letterman, earning all-Southland Conference and all-Texas college honors as a wide receiver. In 1968 he earned the first ACU coaches' Purple and White award for team spirit and leadership, an honor he also earned in 1970.

Holder currently serves as an elder at the Richland Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills. After graduating from ACU, Holder spent three years (1972-74) in the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of 1st Lt.

He and his wife, the former Sandi Glasscock (a 1971 ACU graduate), have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Parker, a retired executive of Southwestern Bell Communications, received a Bachelor of Science in business services from the University of Houston where she was named Honor Graduate and Outstanding Student. She also received a Master of Arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

Since that time, Parker has served on a visiting committee for the ACU College of Business Administration and the ACU coordinating committee.

Parker and her husband, Mike Parker, now run Out West Down South, a retail home furnishings store in Frisco, along with their two children and two grandchildren.

Steve Smith, a Judicial District Court judge, graduated magna cum laude from ACU in 1974 with a Bachelor of Music Education. Smith then attended the University of Texas School of Law. Since 2000, Smith has served as the ACU Alumni Association President and board member.

Smith also is an adjunct faculty member at Blinn College in College Station where he and his wife, the former Rebecca Brimmer, live with their two children.

Packer, an executive trustee at Bell Trust, graduated from ACU in 1978 with a degree in Bible. Packer now also holds a Master of Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry.

While at ACU, Packer graduated summa cum laude, and served as the Students' Association president.

Packer and his wife, the former Diane Stephens (a1977 ACU graduate), have two children and live in Dallas, where he serves as a member of the President's Council for Dallas Christian Schools and trustee for Christian Care Centers, Center for Christian Education and Missions Resource Network.

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