Genora K. Boykins was elected chair of the South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors at a board meeting on December 8. She is the first woman and first African American to serve as board chair. Boykins succeeds J. Ken Johnson, who served as board chair from 2014 to 2021.

“I am excited to take on the leadership role as chair of the STCL Houston board as we continue to excel in providing an exceptional legal education to our diverse student body,” Boykins said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the board, Dean Michael Barry, faculty, staff, alumni, and students as we provide an innovative and transformative legal education. South Texas produces an inclusive community of future lawyers and leaders that values, celebrates, and supports the diversity of our global community.”

Boykins served as regional assistant general counsel of NRG Energy, Inc., and Reliant Energy for 31 years. She retired from her full-time position at NRG in 2018 but continues to serve in a part-time role supporting Reliant’s community relationship and sponsorship marketing team.

Boykins previous served as co-chair of the State Bar of Texas Minority Counsel Program.

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