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 November 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)
Ronny Alexander, Secretary
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 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. He is the president of Ellis Holdings, LP, a business enterprise that researches, capitalizes and manages private equity projects. He previously served two years as executive vice president for strategy and finance for Globe Energy Services, LLC and spent 13 years as the president of Paul Musslewhite Trucking Co, LLC, which operated more than 75 years in Levelland. He started his career as a CPA and practiced public accounting in Houston for five years. Ellis is a 1990 graduate of Levelland High School and attended South Plains College during the summer while completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas-Austin. He also holds a Master in Professional Accounting degree from UT-Austin. Ellis serves as vice president for the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority and is past chairman of the Levelland Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also serves on the Covenant Hospital Community Board, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is past president of the Lubbock Chapter of the Texas Motor Transportation Association. He and wife Carrie have two sons, Austin and Nathan, who attend Levelland public schools. They are all members of St. Michael Catholic Church. Carrie is a CPA and active in community service, serving on the Levelland ISD Board of Trustees and Hockley County Endowment.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 748, Levelland, TX 79336. Telephone: (806) 412-4009 (W)
Position 2, Term Expires May 2026
Position 6, Term Expires May 2024