In Recognition of William ``Randy’’ Bates, Jr., Jdby Representative Kevin Brady
Posted on 2013-12-10
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mr. BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor an
accomplished business, legal and educational leader in my district.
William ``Randy'' Bates, Jr., has been a successful businessman and
attorney in Southeast Texas and has served as a member of the Lone Star
College System for more than 20 years.
Randy was the first African American appointed, and then elected, to the Lone Star College System board. He served as Vice Chair of the board and was twice elected board Chair.
As a board member and as Chair during his tenure with the Lone Star College System, he has been instrumental in the system's growth, from fewer than 20,000 students and three colleges in 1991 to six colleges and a total enrollment of 90,000 students.
Prior to his service in the field of higher education, Randy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, where he later served as an Adjunct Professor.
As a student at Texas Southern, Randy was elected Class President at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was the first African American to be selected Law Student Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association, representing all law students in the State of Texas.
Randy later founded the law firm of Bates & Coleman, PC, which specializes in Public Finance Law.
His many accomplishments include being named Outstanding Texan in the field of Education by the Legislative Black Caucus, the Mayor's Distinguished Award from the City of El Paso and the Excellence in Achievement Award from Texas Southern University for years of outstanding service to education and the community.
Randy is a lifelong member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and is married to the former Glenda Underwood. They are the proud parents of three sons, Lamont, William and Jonathan.
In recognition for his years of service to the Lone Star College System, the central building on the Lone Star College--Victory Center Campus will be named in his honor.
Randy--I congratulate you on your distinguished service to the Lone Star College System and I offer my sincere appreciation for your many contributions to our community.