Cliff Thomas of Victoria received a bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Texas A&M University and was a lineman for the Texas Aggie football team under Coach Gene Stallings. Mr. Thomas is a co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Pilot Thomas Logistics and owner and founder of Speedy Stop Food Stores and C.L. Thomas Inc.
Mr. Thomas is a past board member of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, DeTar Hospital System and Wells Fargo Bank. In 2018, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the board of The University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).
Mr. Thomas was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in 2011 and reappointed in 2017 by Governor Greg Abbott. He served a two-year term as Vice Chairman of the Board from 2013-2015 and a two-year term as Chairman of the Board from 2015-2017. Mr. Thomas is the Chairman of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs and a member of the Committee on Finance. He has served as Chairman of the Committee on Audit and the Policy Review Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Buildings and Physical Plant. Mr. Thomas chaired the search committee in 2014-2015 for the new President of Texas A&M University. He has also served as liaison to the 12th Man Foundation. His term expires February 1, 2023.