COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ A man who was pardoned on felony misconduct charges for his actions while serving as a Texas A&M University System regent has been recommended for a board position at the system's Galveston branch.
The Board of Regents will vote on the appointment of Ross Margraves Jr. to the Texas A&M at Galveston's Board of Visitors at its meeting Thursday, according to the meeting agenda.
Margraves told the Bryan-College Station Eagle newspaper on Wednesday that his conviction in the 1990s is irrelevant to him being appointed to the board now. "That doesn't have anything to do with this," he said.
He said his main focus as a board member would be to use his contacts to raise money for the university.
"It gives me a chance to give back to my university," Margraves said.
He was recommended for the position by R. Bowen Loftin, the Galveston branch's chief executive officer and vice president. Loftin was traveling to College Station for the regents meeting Wednesday and could not be reached, officials said.
Karen Bigley, a spokeswoman for Texas A&M at Galveston, told the newspaper that Margraves has "for many years, been involved with giving back to A&M through many groups."
Margraves, a lawyer who lives in Houston and owns property in Galveston, has been involved with fundraising efforts at Texas A&M prior to and since his term expired as a regent. He has also served as an advisory director for the 12th Man Foundation.
He was convicted in 1996 of using a state-owned plane for a personal trip to Baton Rouge, La., in 1993 while a member of the board. The charge was considered a state jail felony because it cost $1,435 in state funds.
In 2003, he was pardoned of the crime by a 9-to-8 vote by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Gov. Rick Perry endorsed the pardon.
Members of the Board of Visitors are unpaid and usually are approved by the Board of Regents without much discussion.
Texas A&M University at Galveston is governed by the system's board of regents, which appoints the Board of Visitors. Officials said the Board of Visitors functions in an advisory capacity to the vice president and often helps with fundraising.
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