South Plains College Board of Regents
South Plains College is governed by a seven-member Board of Regents elected to staggered six-year terms by the registered voters of the South Plains College District. The college's district encompasses Hockley County and the Whiteface Independent School District portion of Cochran County.
The board functions to set policy for the college, to ensure the college's financial well-being and to select and hire the President of the College. Members of the Board of Regents include the following individuals.
Mike Box, Chairman
Position 3, Term Expires May 2022
Mr. Box has served on the SPC Board of Regents since May 1986. He was elected chairman of the board in May 1994. Mr. Box has worked 33 years in the banking industry, retiring as vice president and branch manager for City Bank Whiteface in 2015. He currently works as a funeral director with Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland. He is a graduate of South Plains College, receiving his associate of arts degree in 1971. He attended Texas Tech University, majoring in education. He was active in the South Plains Football Officials Association, serving as treasurer. He is a past member of the board of directors of the South Plains Regional Housing Authority. He serves as a deacon at South Plains Church in Levelland. Mr. Box has two sons: one teaches and coaches with Ozona ISD; and the other is a graduate of South Plains College and Texas Tech University.
Contact Information: 702 Poplar St., Levelland, TX 79336. Telephone: (806) 781-8923 (M)
Bobby Neal, Vice Chairman
Position 1, Term Expires May 2020
Mr. Neal has served on the SPC Board of Regents since May 1992. He was elected vice chairman in May 1994. Mr. Neal is an agricultural producer and has farmed in the Whiteface area of Hockley and Cochran counties for more than 45 years. He is a former South Plains College student, enrolling in the college's agriculture program in 1959 and took day and evening classes while farming full-time on his father's farm. He served 12 years as a member of the board of trustees for the Whiteface Independent School District. He also serves on the board of directors of City Bank Texas and United Cotton Growers Coop Gin. He is a member of the board of deacons for the First Church of the Nazarene in Levelland. Mr. Neal and his wife Linda have a son and two daughters, all of whom attended South Plains College.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 537, Whiteface, TX 79379. Telephone: (806) 287-1251 (H)
Linda Patton, Secretary
Position 6, Term Expires May 2024
Linda Patton, widow of former Regent Dennis Patton, was elected May 10, 2008 to complete the remainder of her husband’s term on the South Plains College Board of Regents. She was appointed to the board at a Special Meeting held August 23, 2007. She was elected to her current term of office May 12, 2012 and was elected Secretary to the Board June 14, 2012. The former Linda Embick is a native of Hutchinson, Kan. She is a graduate of Hobbs (NM) High School, South Plains College and Texas Tech University. Mrs. Patton was a teacher for 33 years. She taught in Dallas, Brownfield and Levelland. The couple was married for 39 years. The Pattons have two children, Michelle “Missy” Patton of Levelland and Lance Patton of Lubbock, and two grandchildren, Mya, 3, and Luke, 1. Dennis Patton had served two terms as a member of the SPC Board of Regents since April 1994. He was a former SPC basketball player who later became the coach of the Texans. He coached the team for six seasons. He was the co-owner of Chem Tech until his retirement in 2006. Patton had completed the first year of his third term at the time of his death on July 12, 2007. With her election, Linda Patton became the first woman elected to serve on the SPC Board of Regents.
Contact Information: 231 Tanglewood Ln, Levelland, TX 79336. Telephone: (806) 897-4173 (H)
Position 4, Term Expires May 2022
Mr. Alexander was appointed to the SPC Board of Regents May 10, 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Charles Miller who resigned from the Board March 8, 2012. He was re-elected to Position 4 in May 2016. He is the owner of Ag Products, Inc. in Levelland, which sells farm and ranch products to area producers. The company celebrated its 40th year of business in March 2012. Mr. Alexander grew up on a farm in Hockley County. He is a 1977 graduate of Levelland High School and went to work for Ag Products, Inc., a year later. Mr. Alexander is very active in the agriculture community. He sits as a member of the Hockley County Soil and Water Conversation District, the Hockley County Appraisal District Advisory Board, and the Hockley County Junior Livestock Board. He is also a deacon at Cactus Drive Church of Christ. He and his wife Sue Ann have two two grown sons, both of whom are graduates of South Plains College and Texas Tech University. Chad Alexander is a branch president for AimBank in Levelland, and Chase Alexander is a regional manager for Nalco Chemical in Midland.
Contact Information: 12 Paxton Place, Levelland, TX 79336. Telephone: (806) 894-6665 (W); (806) 894-7456 (H)
Alton C. "Pete" Pettiet
Position 5, Term Expires May 2024
Mr. Pettiet was appointed to the SPC Board of Regents in March 1989 and was first elected to his current position in April 1994. He was elected to his current term May 12, 2012. He is the owner of Pettiet Insurance Agency in Ropesville in northeastern Hockley County. A native of Ropesville, he has served as city councilman and mayor for the community. He worked 40 years in agriculture fertilizer sales, primarily with Zipp Industries. Mr. Pettiet has operated his insurance business for the past 23 years. He and his wife, Charlene, are active members of First Baptist Church in Ropesville where he serves as a deacon. They are involved in the Baptist Student Ministries at SPC, and he also serves as a delegate from his church to the South Plains Baptist Association. The Pettiets are also active fundraisers and supporters of the Ropes Senior Citizens Center and the Class of 1951 scholarship program that benefits students graduating from Ropes High School. The Pettiet family has been very involved with South Plains College. A son and daughter are former students of SPC, as well as a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 375, 1514 Arnett, Ropesville, TX 79358. Telephone: (806) 562-4094 (H)
Position 7, Term Expires May 2024
Mr. Ellis was elected to the Board May 5, 2018.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 748, Levelland, TX 79336. Telephone: (806) 773-3237 (M)
Position 2, Term Expires May 2020
Mr. Williams was appointed to the South Plains College Board of Regents by action of the Board October 14, 2010 and was sworn into office November 11, 2010. He was elected to complete the remainder of the term of office May 12, 2012. He was elected May 10, 2014 to serve a six-year term. Williams is the owner-manager of G&C Contracting, a family-owned business that specializes in oil field corrosion mitigation. He is a 1976 graduate of Levelland High School and attended South Plains College from 1976-78. He transferred to Texas A&M University where he earned a B.S. degree in construction science. He returned to Levelland and became involved in the family business. Williams served seven years on the Levelland City Council and has also served on the city's Planning and Zoning Board. He is a member of the South Plains College Foundation Board of Directors and the Alliance Credit Union Board of Directors. He is past president of the SPC Texan Club and is an active member of the South Plains Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute, serving as an officer and director. He and his wife Leslie, an elementary school teacher, have two daughters: Kimberly Davis and her husband Houston who reside in Houston, and Kallie Williams who also resides in Houston.
Contact Information: 2040 Rice Dr., Levelland, TX 79336. Telephone: (806) 894-4547 (W); (806) 894-9185 (H)