The Texas A&M Foundation announced that Michele Mobley ’87, a partner at the Austin-based law firm Dubois, Bryant & Campbell, has joined its board of directors effective July 1. Mobley, who resides in Austin, received a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Texas A&M University in 1987 and his JD degree, with honors, from Duke University in 1990.
“This is an opportunity for me to not only have an impact on Texas A&M University, but also to ensure that the Foundation progresses in its mission to build a better future for the university, one relationship at a time, and to meet the needs of its donors,” said Mobley. “Over the past 30 years of practicing law, I have been fortunate to work with families engaged in a variety of charitable purposes, including supporting education I look forward to bringing this experience to the board.
Mobley grew up in College Station, graduating from A&M Consolidated High School before enrolling at Texas A&M on a President’s Scholarship. His father, the late William Hodges Mobley, served as a faculty member at the university, later becoming dean of Mays Business School, president of the university, and chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. Her involvement with the Memorial Student Center (MSC) – including her work as chair of the newest MSC Wiley Lecture Series – earned her the Buck Weirus Spirit Award as an undergraduate, recognizing students that create positive experiences in the Aggie community.
A group trip to Boston, sponsored by influential former student J. Wayne Stark ’39, inspired Mobley to branch out and pursue a legal career. While at Duke University, she became a member of the Duke Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Cap, an honorary scholastic society for outstanding graduates of American law schools. After graduation, she gained experience in law firms in Houston and Rochester, New York, before moving to Austin in 1995. She has worked at DuBois, Bryant & Campbell since 2003.
Tyson Voelkel ’96, President of the Texas A&M Foundation, said, “Ms. Mobley’s legal background, her incredible Aggie heritage, and her enthusiasm to serve Texas A&M University make her an ideal trustee of this incredible organization, because we aspire to be among the most trusted philanthropies in higher education.
Mobley practices in the field of estate planning, working with clients on matters as varied as drafting wills, estate tax, administering trusts, charitable planning and, relevantly, advising non-profit organizations. Her peers have chosen her as one of America’s top female attorneys and Texas’ super lawyer for estate planning and probate. Prior to her appointment to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Mobley served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016. She believes the Foundation has provided a new opportunity to follow in the footsteps of her parents.
“My father was heavily involved with the Foundation while at Texas A&M, so for me to be involved in its evolution 40 years later is great,” Mobley said. “And although my mother [Jayne Mobley ’85] never had an official role at the university, she was very involved when my father was president, and she was also involved in higher education, particularly helping the School of Education and Human Development. We have all worked to maintain the university and see it prosper.
Mobley replaces outgoing director Otway B. Denny Jr. ’71, who served on the board from 2015-2022. His seven-year appointment also coincides with the start of William “Billy” Lemmons Jr.’s tenure as chairman of the Board of the Foundation. Lemmons, a graduate in the Class of 1983 and founder and managing partner of EnCap Flatrock Midstream, joined the Foundation’s board of directors in 2018. He serves as board director for Louis “Lou” Paletta II ’78.
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The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aspires to be among the most trusted philanthropies in higher education. It’s building a better future for Texas A&M University, one relationship at a time. To learn more, visit foundationtxam.com.