Board of Directors
Thomas L. Hodges, Arkansas ’64
Hodges pledged Arkansas Alpha Upsilon at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 1960, and was initiated in the spring of 1961. He earned a B.A. in Urban Studies at the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma.
Hodges founded The Hodges Firm in 1970, a regional company offering services in city planning and civil engineering. The Hodges Firm, which was sold in 1980 grew to 55 employees and was active in five states.
In 1975, Hodges began to develop large scale real estate projects. Since that time, he has developed, built, and managed over 2000 apartments, 400 condominiums, several office buildings and retail strips. He developed Otter Creek, a 560 acre residential community in Little Rock. He has also developed residential communities in Dallas, Austin, Nashville, and Atlanta.
Since 1994, he has been focused on commercial development and brokerage. Currently, he is developing Gateway Town Center, a 179 acre commercial mixed use complex in Little Rock. Gateway anchors include Bass Pro Shop, The Outlets of Little Rock and Dave & Busters.
Hodges has long been active as a chapter advisor for Texas Delta and Arkansas Alpha Upsilon. He was a member of the alumni commission formed in 1990 at Texas Delta (SMU), and was responsible for renovation of the common area in the house during the summer of 1991. He became a member of the House Corporation Board at Arkansas in 2002 and was chairman of the house renovation project completed in 2004. He is currently President of the House Corporation Board at Arkansas and Chairman of the fund raising campaign supporting an 8,000 square foot expansion of the chapter house.
Over the years, Hodges has received the True Gentleman Award, the J. Guy Belew SAE Alumni Memorial Award, and the Order of Minerva Award from the Fraternity.
Larry Jones, Mississippi State ’71
Jones was initiated into the Mississippi Theta chapter at Mississippi State University in 1969. During his undergraduate tenure, he served as Recruitment Chairman & Philanthropy Chairman. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude in 1977.
Currently, Jones is senior counsel for Baker Donelson, where he specializes in health care litigation, commercial litigation, toxic tort litigation, general tort litigation and real estate litigation including annexation and eminent domain litigation. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Americaevery year since 2015.
Additionally, Jones is a recipient of the Order of the Lion, Order of Minerva, and the Merit Key.
Gary Westling, Cal State-Long Beach ’83
Westling pledged and was initiated to the California Lambda chapter at California State University at Long Beach in the spring of 1980. As an undergraduate, he served his chapter as Eminent Chronicler, Eminent Herald and Province Chi Undergraduate Representative.
As an alumnus, Westling has served the Fraternity in a variety of positions, including Province Chi and Province Chi-Alpha Archon, Province Chi-Alpha Deputy Archon, Province Chi Recorder, member of the Greater Long Beach Alumni Association, California Lambda Chapter Adviser and Chairman of the Council of Province Archons for the past three years. He is the recipient of the Merit Key and Order of Minerva Awards and was recognized by the Supreme Council as the 2011 Province Archon of the Year.
Westling earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management at the School of Engineering at Cal State-Long Beach in 1983. He has more than 35 years of experience in the development and construction industries, a skill-set he believes will assist the Financial & Housing Corporation board with its unique challenges in managing the construction of fraternity housing. For the last 16 years, he has been responsible for the development and construction of multi-family projects throughout California, including condominium/apartment complexes, high-rise buildings and senior-citizen facilities. Westling is currently employed by Western National Contractors as a Project Manager in Sunnyvale and Irvine, California.
Westling has dedicated more than 30 years as an alumnus volunteer at Long Beach City College, serving as president and member of its Athletic Foundation for 14 years, and has served as chairman of the Bond Citizen Oversight Committee, assisting with a $740-million budget for the restoration of two campus facilities in Long Beach. He is a Governor of LBCC, where he raises money for the student’s education and scholarship programs.
Westling resides in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Stacey. His son Trent is also a brother. He is an avid fisherman and water-skiing enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors.
Richard L. (“Dick”) Lies, Northwestern University ’67
James L. (“Jim”) Skaggs, Oklahoma State University ’78
Jim Skaggs was initiated into the Oklahoma Mu chapter at Oklahoma State University in 1974 and served as Pledge Class President. In 1978, Skaggs started his career with the Hartford Life Insurance Company after pursuing a Business Administration degree at Oklahoma State University. In the fall of 1994, after sixteen years in the insurance business, he started his own insurance brokerage firm serving as President of the Charter Financial Group, Inc. for almost 25 years.
Jim is married to Sally Skaggs, who is a recipient of the Order of the Violet and is the Father of a wonderful daughter. Skaggs also is a member of the Oklahoma City NW Optimist Club and served as its Vice President. Skaggs was also a deacon at the New Covenant Christian Church in Oklahoma City for over 10 years.
Skaggs has also served the chapter as Alumni Relations Chairman, Chapter Historian and as Recruitment Chairman & Eminent Deputy Archon. Skaggs has served in a volunteer capacity on Province Sigma for nine years including serving as Province Archon. He has also served on the Oklahoma Mu House Corporation since 1991. Skaggs has also served as Founder and President of the Oklahoma City / Oklahoma Mu Alumni Association since 2010. Since 2009, Skaggs has served on 5 national committees.
Skaggs is a member of the Phoenix Society of the SAE Foundation, has received the Order of the Lion three times, the Order of Minerva twice and was presented the Merit Key Award at the 157th Anniversary Convention.
Lee Miller, Mount Union ’62
Lee Miller was initiated into the Ohio Sigma chapter at the University of Mount Union. Following graduation, he began his career as a manufacturer’s representative in the electrical supply industry where he spent his next 20+ years. In 1984, having sold the representative business, he joined Andrews Records Management (ARM) as president and co-owner. ARM experienced double digit growth every year until it was sold to Cintas in 2005. He retained ownership in and currently serves as CEO of Andrews Software Inc., a subsidiary of ARM serving a Global user base with software for the records management and shredding industries.
In 1987, Miller returned to the University of Mount Union for his 25th reunion and along with other OHSI alumni committed to improve the condition of the OHSI chapter house. He has served as OHSI Chapter Advisor for the past 28 years and was recognized as Chapter Advisor of the Year by NIC in 2013. He became involved with SAE at the national level having co-authored and taught the Alumni Leadership School in the 90’s. That role expanded to include joining the SAE Financial and Housing Board (F&H) in 2004. He represented F&H’s ownership position on the James R Favor Insurance Board for five years and ended his eleven year role on F&H in June of 2015 having served as President for the previous two years.
He has been a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for 20+ years and a proponent of fire sprinkler systems in every Greek facility.
Miller and his wife Linda have two children Douglas (47) and Mark (50) and two grandchildren. He enjoys golf and classic cars.
Honorary Board Member
Charles P. Boyd, Mississippi State ’65
Boyd pledged Mississippi Theta at Mississippi State University in the fall of 1961 and was initiated on September 17, 1961. In his undergraduate years, he served his chapter as Pledge Educator, Eminent Deputy Archon and Eminent Archon. He also served in many leadership positions on campus, such as president of the Student Association Judicial Council. On a national level, Boyd was the delegate to the 1963 Chicago Convention and made one of the nominating speeches for Past ESA Paul Jacob.
Boyd earned a B.S in engineering and a B.S. in business at Mississippi State University. Following graduation he joined IBM Corporation and was employed there for 34 years. He held positions in sales, marketing, development and manufacturing and retired in Atlanta as an executive in the newly established consulting division. He held professional-services executive positions in several small internet-software companies and is currently Chief Operating Officer in a small management consulting firm in Atlanta.
Boyd serves as chairman of the board of the Greater Atlanta Alumni Association, having been president for several terms. During his tenure, the association has been consistently recognized as one of the top area associations in the Realm. He is a long-time adviser for Georgia Phi at Georgia Tech, is a past Province Epsilon-Alpha Archon, and serves on the MS Theta House Corporation.
Boyd is a Nippert Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. He has received several Certificates of Appreciation, the Order of the Lion in 1999 and the Merit Key in 2001. He received the Distinguished Service Award during the Fraternity’s sesquicentennial celebration on the steps of the Mother Mu chapter house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in March 2006.
Boyd lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Dr. Beverly Y. Langford.
Honorary Board Member
Gary L. Garnand, Idaho ’70
Garnand pledged and was initiated into Idaho Alpha at the University of Idaho in the fall of 1965. As an undergraduate he served as Eminent Chronicler, Eminent Recorder, and Eminent Deputy Archon. In addition, he was Pledge Educator, Alumni chairman, and chairman of the 50thAnniversary of Idaho Alpha. He served on the initiation team with then ESA Paul B. Jacob and introduced our guest Rudy Valle (Maine Alpha) at the gala celebration. On campus he was on the IFC communications team and the IFC recruiting team.
Garnand graduated in the spring of 1970 with a degree in Marketing Management and went to work for Chef Reddy Foods, a potato processor.
In 1971, he founded Garnand Marketing, a fresh produce brokerage firm and in 1981 founded The Northwest Connection, a national refrigerated trucking company. Today he is the managing partner of both firms and still active in the day to day operations of the business. In addition, he has founded a community bank and served as both its vice chairman and chairman. He has also been involved in real estate development.
On the National Fraternity level, Garnand was the official chapter delegate to both the 1968 Leadership School and the 1969 San Francisco Convention. He has attended six national conventions and was the chairman of the Alumni Services committee for four years for the National Fraternity and was charged with creating the program and bringing it to the convention for ratification. He served Province Phi as Archon three times and has served on the SAE Foundation Board as well. He is currently the secretary of the F& H Board. In addition, he is the president of Zeta Chi Alpha Trust Company that is the house corporation for Idaho Alpha. He is also on the leadership team for Idaho Alpha’s alumni commission.
He holds the Order of the Phoenix, the Order of the Lion, and the Merit Key as well as other certificates and recognitions and is a Rudolph member of the SAE Foundation. He was the first Founder member of Idaho Alpha. He was the creator and chief fundraiser for the Viet Nam memorial in the Levere Memorial Temple. It was in honor of all the brothers that served in Viet Nam and was in the likeness of Past ESA Clark Houston.
Garnand has received awards for outstanding service from the local Vandal Boosters (University of Idaho’s Athletic fundraising program) and the National Vandal Boosters. He served on the University of Idaho’s College of Business Advisory Board for 19 years and was on one Dean’s search team for the College. He has a scholarship in the College of Business for brothers at Idaho Alpha. He is a member of the Silver and Gold Society for the University of Idaho Foundation. He’s been president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club and the chairman of the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency. He is the chairman of the Bowers Foundation, a local scholarship program, for the local Masons.
Garnand lives in Twin Falls, Idaho with his wife Lori who is the department chair for IT at the College of Southern Idaho.