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Billionaire entrepreneur takes helm of the University of Houston board of regents

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Tilman Fertitta, September 2012, head shot
Tilman Fertitta takes the helm as chairman of the University of Houston board of Regents. Courtesy Photo

With classes at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management under his belt, Tilman Fertitta charged forth to make a fortune in the hospitality industry. On Wednesday, the billionaire entrepreneur returned to the UH campus to take the helm as chairman of the UH System board of regents.

The Landry's Inc. CEO replaces outgoing chairman Jarvis Hollingsworth, a UH Law Center grad.

The question UH supporters might now ask is if Fertitta will declare Fridays "Wear Red Day" at Landry's properties, a play on UH chancellor Renu Khator's campus policy of wear red on Friday.

Fertitta has been serving on the board of regents since his appointment in 2009. During the past year, he has served as vice chairman. His board leadership has included serving as vice chair of the Facilities, Construction and Master Planning Committee; as a member of the Finance and Administration Committee; and as a member of the Executive and Compensation Committee. 

Also elected to board leadership positions are Welcome Wilson Jr. as vice chairman and Beth Madison, a UH graduate, as secretary. 

In addition to heading up the Landry's empire of hotels, casinos and restaurants from Las Vegas to the Jersey Shore, Fertitta  has his hand in a number of local non-profits. At the top of his areas of interest are Houston Children's Charity and the Houston Police Foundation, both of which he chairs, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he serves on the executive committee. 

The question UH supporters might now ask is if Fertitta will declare Fridays "Wear Red Day" at Landry's properties, a play on UH chancellor Renu Khator's campus policy of wear red on Friday.

 

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