Gov. Perry reappoints Tyler man to Texas Transportation Commission

AUSTIN (KYTX) – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Victor Vandergriff of Arlington and reappointed Jeff Austin III of Tyler to the Texas Transportation Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.

Vandergriff is an attorney, businessman, former franchised automobile dealer, and past vice president of Van Tuyl Group. He is chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board, a position he has held since his appointment in November 2009. He is also past chairman and past board member of the North Texas Tollway Authority and Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission. Vandergriff received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Austin is vice chairman of Austin Bank Texas N.A. in Jacksonville. He is also a board member of First State Bank in Athens and Capital Bank in Houston, and past president of First State Bank in Frankston. He is a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and Bank CEO Network, and past board member and past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association. He is a member of The University of Texas at Tyler Health Center Development Board, presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority, and a board member and past president of the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Austin received a bachelor's degree and Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler, and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Southwestern Graduate and Intermediate schools of Banking and Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. 

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.


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