COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - A man pardoned on felony
misconduct charges for his actions while serving as a Texas A&M
University System regent may be making a comeback.
The Board of Regents will vote today on the appointment of Ross
Margraves Jr. to the Texas A&M University at Galveston board.
Margraves said that his conviction in the 1990s is irrelevant to him being appointed to the board now. He says his main focus as a board member would be to use his contacts to raise money for the university.
The Houston lawyer has been involved with Texas A&M fundraising
efforts before and after his term expired as a regent. He's 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, Louisiana, in 1993 while a regent.
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
9-8 vote by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Governor Rick Perry
endorsed the pardon.