Charles A. Beckham Jr., a partner in Haynes and Boone in Houston, has been elected president of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Beckham, who will serve a two-year term as president, will assume the role of principal operating officer of the college and will also lead and participate in numerous college programs and activities around the country. During more than 20 years of affiliation with the college, Beckham has held positions as a fellow, 5th Circuit regent, and chair of the college’s board of regents.

“We are excited for Charlie as he begins his tenure as the president of the American College of Bankruptcy,” said Frasher Murphy, a partner in Haynes and Boone, and chair of the firm’s restructuring practice group, in a press release. “Charlie’s career has been defined by excellent service and dedication to his clients, colleagues, and the bankruptcy bar at large.”

The American College of Bankruptcy is dedicated to the enhancement of professionalism, scholarship, and service in bankruptcy and insolvency law practice. The college conducts professional educational programs, sponsors the publication of scholarly reports, promotes pro bono efforts through the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, and maintains the National Bankruptcy Archives, among other programs.

Beckham is a former chair of the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section and a former president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He is a former member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Beckham serves on the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee for the University of Texas System. In 2010, he was named the Distinguished Law Graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law.