San Antonian Cyndi Taylor Krier confirmed as U. T. regent
San Antonian Cyndi Taylor Krier was confirmed April 25 by the Texas Senate to serve a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Krier served as Bexar County judge for eight years and resigned the judgeship following the selection of Nelson Wolff as her replacement. She succeeds Regent Tom Loeffler of San Antonio on the board.
The Board of Regents is the governing body for the 15-campus, $5.8 billion University of Texas System. The board is composed of nine members who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Terms for regents run for six years and are staggered, with the terms of three members expiring on Feb. 1 of odd-numbered years. Krier, along with former Texas first lady Rita Crocker Clements and physician administrator Dr. Judith Craven, both of Dallas, were nominated by Gov. Rick Perry. Their terms will expire Feb. 1, 2007.
Health Science Center President Dr. Francisco Cigarroa praised Krier and her selection. "The governor could not have made a finer choice for this important position. In her previous roles as county judge and state senator, Regent Krier has always been a strong advocate for the Health Science Center and for our primary teaching sites at the University Health System. She has shown a deep understanding of the key role of the health professions in the future of the region. Her valuable insight and skilled decision making will serve The University of Texas System and ultimately the entire state very well."
In addition to the three newly confirmed regents, the board includes Patrick C. Oxford, Charles Miller and Raul R. Romero of Houston; A. W. "Dub" Riter Jr. of Tyler; A. R. (Tony) Sanchez Jr. of Laredo; and Woody L. Hunt of El Paso. Charles Miller recently was named chairman of the board.
"Education has been important in every other position I've held," Krier has said. "It will be nice to now focus on it. It is absolutely obvious to me that I was able to acquire a great education from the U. T. System, and to be able to impact future generations in the system is important to me."
Prior to her election as county judge in 1992, Krier represented Bexar County in the Texas Senate for two terms from 1984 through 1992. She was re-elected as county judge in 1994 and 1998 without opposition. As county judge, an administrative position in Texas, Krier focused on youth and education programs, enacted a broad-based ethics measure, helped reform the appointment process for county boards and commissions, had Commissioners Court meetings telecast on cable television, promoted the use of competitive bids and proposals for all county contracts, and helped control government spending. She also led efforts to replace crisis management with strategic planning, to implement performance reviews of county operations, to organize county recycling, to obtain voter approval for a new community arena and to reform the county budgeting process.
In 1998 and 1999, Krier served as the chair of the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, which represents 75 percent of the state's population. While serving in the Texas Senate, she received the Texas Bar Foundation Award for her passage of the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act, which has led to the resolution of hundreds of thousands of lawsuits in less time and at less cost to both litigants and taxpayers through arbitration and mediation.
She is active in the local community, where she works closely with United Way and for three years has mentored a class at Ridgeview Elementary School.
On the state level, Krier has served as chairman of The University of Texas at Austin Ex-Students' Association and as a member of the Supreme Court's Commission on Judicial Efficiency. She recently was named to three statewide task forces helping to plan for the future of Texas. These are the Texas Governor's Task Force on Conservation; the Texas Comptroller's E-Texas, a local government empowerment effort; and the Texas A&M University System Agriculture Program 21 Leaders Panel.
Krier also is chair of the 2002 NCAA Women's Final Four Local Organizing Committee in San Antonio and a tri-chair of the San Antonio Sports Foundation's bid committee for the 2007 Pan American Games.
She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from U. T. Austin. Her husband, Joseph R. Krier, is the president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.