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Neeley Alumni Tapped to Serve on TCU Board of Trustees

We couldn’t be prouder that two Neeley alumni are joining 18 other Neeley alumni to serve TCU in the highest capacity.

July 10,  2014

By Elaine Cole

There are many ways for alumni to stay true to their alma mater, but the highest honor is serving on the TCU Board of Trustees. These 50 outstanding business, community and civic leaders from across the state and nation govern TCU’s academic and financial policies, operations and general welfare of the University.

Two of the newest members of the TCU Board of Trustees as of July 1 are Neeley alumni. Eddie Clark and Katie Farmer join other Neeley alumni already serving on the Board: Amy Roach Bailey, Brenda Cline, Ronald Clinkscale, J. Kelly Cox, John Davis III, A.R. “Buddy” Dike, Rafael Garza, Nick Giachino, Kenneth Huffman, J. Luther King Jr., Malcolm Louden, John Pinkerton, Roger Ramsey, Clarence Scharbauer III, Jan Tucker Scully, Duer Wagner III, Howard Walsh Jr. and Rick Wittenbraker.

Meet your newest TCU Trustees from the Neeley School:

Eddie Clark (BBA ’82), a Philadelphia native, is the owner, president and CEO of Professional Turf Products, a Toro Company distributorship that serves Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and the western regions of Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri. His company has locations in Houston, San Antonio, Tulsa and Kansas City, with the main office in Euless, Texas.

Clark was named president and CEO in 1997 after spending four years with the Toro Company, where he held progressively higher leadership positions beginning with general manager of corporate accounts, then director of sales for the consumer division and then national accounts manager. Prior to starting with the Toro Company in 1993, Clark was with Goldthwaite’s since 1982. Goldthwaite’s is the former distributer for Toro in Texas.

“I’m hopeful that I can make a meaningful contribution to the TCU Board of Trustees,” he said. “Collectively, each and every board member has passion and pride for our University that will inevitably lead to sound decisions which will continue to propel our institution to the highest ranks. I am very excited and honored to have a hand in shaping the future of Texas Christian University.”

Katie Farmer (BBA ’92 MBA ’95), group vice president of consumer products for BNSF Railway, began her career in the railroad industry in 1992 as a management trainee for BNSF Railway in Fort Worth. She has held positions in sales, marketing, finance, customer solutions and network operations. In 2001, she began a series of promotions, most recently as group vice president of consumer products, responsible for the commercial activities of BNSF’s intermodal and automotive business.

In addition to her successful professional career, Farmer serves on the executive committee of the TCU National Alumni Association, on the board of directors of Presbyterian Night Shelter and on the executive committee for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of Jewel Charity Ball, National Charity League, Junior League of Fort Worth and Christ Chapel Bible Church.

“I am flattered and humbled to be asked to join such an amazing group of people,” Farmer said of her appointment to the TCU Board of Trustees. “I’m also thankful for the opportunity to give back to the University and people who made such a significant impact on my life. I look forward to being a part of TCU’s Vision in Action and the Academy of Tomorrow.”

The Neeley School proudly thanks these Neeley alumni who are emeritus trustees: Roger King, William Steele III, Ben Fortson Jr., Spencer Hays, Bruce LaBoone, Kade Matthews, Jerry Ray and William Landreth Jr., ex officio trustee.