An Interview with the New Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Texas System, Kevin Eltife – Episode 03

KEVIN P. ELTIFE, Tyler, Texas, was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott in January 2017 and was confirmed by the Texas Senate on February 7, 2017.

On December 20, 2018, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Regents. Chairman Eltife chairs the System Review and Structure Task Force. He previously served on the Academic Affairs Committee; the Audit, Compliance, and Risk Management Committee; the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee; the Finance and Planning Committee; and the Board for Lease of University Lands.

He formerly served as Senator for Texas Senate District 1, as the Mayor of Tyler, and on the Tyler City Council. He has also served as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Mr. Eltife is the owner of Eltife Properties, Ltd. He is a Director for Citizens 1st Bank and serves on The University of Texas at Austin Development Board and The University of Texas at Tyler Development Board.

Mr. Eltife earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Tyler with his wife and two children.

Kevin is one of the most accomplished, self-made men I know. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for almost 20 years. After losing his father at a young age Kevin took notes from his uncle and learned the real estate business. It was in that business he learned the frustrations of bureaucracy and decided to get involved in public service to remedy said frustration. It was soon after he became a member of the Tyler City Council and later the Mayor. Eventually, he served as a State Senator all the while building a wildly successful real estate business.

If you ever wanted to know what a life well lived looks like, I give you exhibit A in the form of Kevin Eltife. Please enjoy this interview.

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