James R. Huffines, Chairman of the Board

Southwestern Medical Foundation elected James R. Huffines as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and four new members to its Board during their recent annual meeting. New Trustees Timothy P. Costello, Sarah K. Miller, Matthew S. Ramsey, and Sam L. Susser are well known in Dallas for their volunteer service and civic involvement.

In his new role as board Chairman, Huffines will work closely with Foundation President and CEO, Kathleen M. Gibson, leading the Board of Trustees in growing the organization’s impact and reach.

“Our business community has long been a driver of excellence and innovation, and it is an honor to have worked with Chairman Bob Rowling. It is equally inspiring to continue to attract outstanding talent, such as James Huffines as Chairman, and this outstanding group of community leaders as Trustees.  James has been an actively engaged leader on the Foundation Board for eight key years of growth, actively bringing vision and insight to the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Kathleen M. Gibson, President and CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation

Huffines has been a member of the Board since 2011. He is succeeding Robert B. Rowling, who served as Chairman since 2014.

“It has been an honor to serve Southwestern Medical Foundation and expand the reach of our worthy mission. We have a group of experienced community leaders serving on our Board, all of whom have worked tirelessly during my tenure as Chairman to promote the good work of our Foundation throughout the Dallas community. I am proud to welcome James to this role, as I know he will bring the strong business acumen, innovative ideas, and philanthropic vision necessary to continue advancing progress in medicine.”
Robert B. Rowling, Outgoing Chairman of the Board

A History of Advocacy

Huffines has been an active member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee and Nominating Committee. He has also been a leading supporter and mentor for The Cary Council, a group of emerging young leaders driving awareness for the missions of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center and raising funds to support early-stage research. His community involvement includes serving as Chairman of the UT System Board of Regents for four and a half years, helping to establish the Dell Medical School, and serving on the Board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).

Huffines has more than 35 years of experience in banking and finance. He most recently served as COO of subsidiaries of Hilltop Holdings from 2016 to 2017 and was an active member of the Hilltop board of directors from 2012 to 2017. Huffines spent 14 years at Plains Capital Bank, joining in 2001 as Central and South Texas Region Chairman. He was President and COO of Plains Capital Corporation from 2010 to 2015.

He holds a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

In 2008, Huffines was inducted into The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame and he received the UT Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Santa Rita Award from the Board of Regents in 2011. Huffines was a trustee of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and served on the Texas State History Museum board of trustees from 2003 to 2011. He is a former vice chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council.

Leadership Looking Forward

“It is with tremendous gratitude that I continue my service to Southwestern Medical Foundation as Chairman of the Board. I look forward to collaborating with our Trustees to honor the mission established for this region, by assuring the Foundation is positioned to provide sustainable and significant capital for medical progress in our community and the world beyond. I would also like to extend my deepest thanks to Bob Rowling for the leadership he has provided over the last five years.”
James R. Huffines, Incoming Chairman of the Board

2019-2020 Southwestern Medical Foundation Trustees

Timothy P. Costello is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Newstone Capital Partners, LLC. He currently serves on the Board of Salesmanship Club of Dallas and was Tournament Chairman for the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson. Costello serves on the Board of the Stallings Award which benefits the Rise School of Dallas, and the Advisory Board of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, where he has also served on the Board. He received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. His previous civic involvement included service on the Board of the Rise School of Dallas, and as Honorary Co-Chairman of “On Target for a Cure” for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas.  He also served as the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Community League, of the Town of Highland Park, Texas. Costello is married to Maura Costello and they have two daughters.

Sarah K. Miller is the President and Chairwoman of the Kozmetsky Family Foundation. During her nearly eighteen years as a family trustee at RGK Foundation, she served as chair of the Grants and Adjunct Committees. Miller graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 with a B.B.A. in Finance. She began her nonprofit career as a program intern at the Austin Community Foundation, and also served on the board of the Austin Film Festival and the Gala Committee for the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Her community activities include serving for the Junior League of Dallas, Meals on Wheels, Promise House, Habitat for Humanity, Highland Park United Methodist Church, and Hyer Elementary School. Miller recently served on the boards of The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Wee Volunteer. She is currently a member of the Texas Women’s Foundation’s Investment Advisory Committee. Sarah and her husband, Chris, have three daughters.

Matthew S. Ramsey is the Chief Operating Officer of Energy Transfer. He serves on the board of directors of Energy Transfer and USA Compression and as Chairman of the Board of Sunoco, L.P. Ramsey formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Penn-Tex Midstream Partners and as a board member of RSP Permian and Southern Union Company. Prior to joining management at Energy Transfer, Ramsey served as President of RPM Exploration, Ltd. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Ramsey serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. Matt and his wife, Judy, have been married for 32 years. They have three grown children.

Sam L. Susser is the President of Susser Holdings II, L.P. He also serves as chairman or member of a number of boards and organizations across Texas, including his service on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chair of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital System in South Texas. He is on the Executive Council and is the Immediate Past Co-Chair of the University of Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for the Study for Energy, Law and Business. Susser obtained his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, Susser was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He was honored as the Border Texan of the Year in 2013 and won CSP’s Retailer of the Year in 2014. He became a member of the UT McCombs Hall of Fame in 2017. Sam and his wife, Catherine, have one daughter and two sons.


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