The Honorable Wesley G. Terrell (Dallas, Texas)
Regent Wesley G. Terrell was appointed to the Texas Southern University Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott, was elected Vice Chair in 2015, and served as Acting Board Chair for five months in 2017.
Regent Terrell is Assistant Vice President & Senior Legal Counsel with AT&T in the company's Dallas headquarters. Regent Terrell has approximately $19 billion in signed capital deal value during his career and has been profiled by the Dallas Business Journal in their 2011 business leader series. Regent Terrell leads negotiations for acquisitions and divestitures domestically and in more than 16 countries and manages attorney teams of over 200 attorneys in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, FCC regulatory, anti-trust and litigation. As of 2016, Regent Terrell had led more than 100 capital transactions during his tenure at AT&T, including several billion and multi-billion dollar transactions.
Before being recruited to a management position at AT&T, Regent Terrell gained experience as a transactional lawyer by working for several years at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, an 1800 lawyer top five law international firm. He also worked for several years as a commercial and product liability litigator at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, an 800 lawyer top five Texas law firm, where he had day to day responsibility for dozens of multi-million dollar cases.
Regent Terrell’s prior government experience includes volunteer board service on the Texas Emerging Technology Fund as Higher Education Committee Chair. He was twice appointed to that Fund by Gov. Rick Perry. As Committee Chair, he traveled the state working with university leaders to allocate tens of millions of dollars in state funding, develop public-private partnerships and commercialize technology from university based research. Regent Terrell advanced projects that included the development of a bio-manufacturing facility at Texas A&M that supplies a third flu vaccine in the United States, the development of university based mission control facilities in UT Rio Grande Valley that will support the launch and tracking of commercial rockets into space, and the development of testing and certification facilities at Texas Tech for alternative energy technologies and technologies that will improve the nation’s electrical grid. As Committee Chair, he also worked to fund the recruitment of top out-of state faculty to Texas universities and fund the build-out of research institutions for relocating faculty. Regent Terrell also served on the Texas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and as a commissioner on the City of Pearland Zoning Board of Adjustments.
Regent Terrell has a long history of non-governmental community service. Regent Terrell is the Board Chair of the Arthritis Foundation in North Texas. Most recently, Regent Terrell has served as the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation, a charity which awards minority law scholarships and funds other educational programs. During his tenure on the board, the Foundation raised more than $500,000 for scholarships, internship stipends and grants. Regent Terrell has also served as a board member and Treasurer of the African-American Bar Association of Dallas which is known as
the J.L. Turner Legal Association, and a board member of Opera in the Heights, Inc., a Houston-based opera company.
Regent Terrell has served as a volunteer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Houston Volunteer Attorney Program. While in college, he taught English and African-American literature to inner city middle school students in an after-school and summer enrichment program on Yale’s campus.
Regent Terrell has received several awards, including receiving the Dallas Business Journal’s 2011 Minority Business Leader Award, the 2019 Trailblazer Award from State Bar of Texas and being honored by the State Bar of Texas for his work in providing pro bono legal services.
Regent Terrell is a member of the National Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Regent Terrell is a graduate of Yale University, Columbia Law School, University of Houston Bauer College of Business (Finance MBA) and SMU Cox School of Business Graduate Finance Certificate Program. Prior to college, he was educated in the Houston ISD public school system.
Regent Terrell is the son of an educator and is proud father of two children. His wife is a graduate of Yale and Georgetown Law School. She is an accomplished trial attorney in Dallas.
Term: April 22, 2015 – February 1, 2021