Diverse trio of business people joins UHV president's advisory board

Oct. 2, 2010 at 5:02 a.m.

Dora Rollins Duncan

Dora Rollins Duncan

Three area business people recently were elected to the University of Houston-Victoria President's Regional Advisory Board.

Keith Williams, a Victoria insurance agent; Paul Salazar, sales manager for Del Papa Distributing in Victoria; and Dora Rollins Duncan, owner of a Bay City bed and breakfast, are serving three-year terms that began in September.

UHV Interim President Don Smith said the new members add a wealth of experiences from which the university can benefit.

"I am delighted to have them on the board and believe they will add strength and fresh perspective at this critical point in the history of the university," he said.

The advisory board is UHV's lead external advisory board. Its mission is to strengthen and advance the university and its programs, and to provide counsel on strategic direction.

Williams is the operator of Keith Williams Insurance Associates. Before he began his insurance career, he was a chemical process operator, rail car inspector, oilfield equipment operator and worked in cattle ranching.

"With the exciting things happening in the community, I hope to see the university continue to expand and help individuals fulfill their educational potential during my tenure," he said.

Williams also is a planning commissioner for the city and serves on the board of the African-American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Gulf Coast Insurance and Financial Advisors Association. In addition, he is the men's ministry director at his church.

Salazar, who worked his way from a beginning position to a regional manager at Del Papa Distributing, plans to preach the value of education while he is on the board.

"I know education is key, and it wouldn't have taken me 15 years to reach a managerial position if I had a college education," Salazar said.

Duncan received a degree in nursing from Texas Woman's University in Denton. She then spent 20 years in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in Maryland before returning to Texas. She and her husband, Wil Duncan, now own and operate Duncan Manor Bed and Breakfast in Bay City.

She is active in community affairs, serving on the board of the American Red Cross and the Bay City Convention and Visitors Bureau.



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