John Ellis Price, Ph.D., CPA
Chair – Hampton Board
John Ellis Price was appointed the inaugural president of the new University of North Texas at Dallas by the UNT System Board of Regents on August 19, 2010. His title became official with the opening of the university as a new agency in the State of Texas Sept. 1. Prior to that, he served as president-designate and vice chancellor for the UNT System, overseeing operations at the then UNT Dallas Campus. Price previously served as the KPMG Professor of Taxation and chair of the Department of Accounting at UNT in Denton, professor and dean of the School of Business at Jackson State University, assistant professor of accounting at the University of Southern Mississippi and as an internal revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service. He also served two terms as a member of the Commissioner's Advisory Group for the IRS.
Ossa Fisher is a Partner in the Dallas office of the global management consulting firm Bain & Company. Prior to joining Bain, Ossa worked as an investment banking analyst for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in their San Francisco and New York offices. Ossa holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, an MA in Education from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is married with two children.
Jeff Helfrich is currently a portfolio manager and analyst for Penn Davis McFarland, Inc., an independent SEC-registered investment advisor based in Dallas. Prior to joining Penn Davis McFarland, he worked as a research analyst for several investment managers including Perot Investments, Independence Capital Asset Partners, and Janus Capital Group. Jeff holds an AB in Economics from Harvard and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is married and has two daughters.
Justin Henry is currently legal counsel at NTE Mobility Partners, LLC. Prior to that he was an attorney at both Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. and Alston and Bird LLP. Prior to attending law school, Justin served as a teacher and teaching 7th grade math in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Justin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Loyola Marymount University with a M.A. in Secondary Education, and the University of Texas at Austin with a J.D.
Dawn Mann, brand expert, is the founding principal and President of Break of Day Design AD & PR LLC (BDD) in Dallas, Texas. With fifteen years in the business, Dawns career path has included work in the magazine, sports trading cards and entertainment industries. Dawn attended Ball State University where she studied Journalism and Graphic Communications and earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1995. She also attended Texas Christian University's Scheiffer School of Journalism Master’s program in Advertising & Public Relations.
Anthony Tillman is the Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Director of Student Retention for SMU. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating, directing, and managing the SMU programs for retention of undergraduate and graduate students as well as projects that support the strategic goals of the Provost’s Office. Prior to his appointment with SMU, Anthony worked with The College Board in the capacity of Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Center. The Educational Opportunity Center is a program of The College Board funded by the United States Department of Education that focuses on providing post-secondary educational services and programs to low-income and first-generation individuals. Anthony was with The College Board for six years.
Bruce Ware is Director at DaVita HealthCare Partners, a $13 billion Fortune 300 healthcare services company. Prior to joining DaVita, Bruce served as Assistant Treasurer of Comstock Resources, a mid-cap publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Frisco, TX. He began his professional career on Wall Street at the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors degree in Business from Ole Miss where he served as Business School Student Body President. Bruce has served numerous non-profit boards including the University of Mississippi’s Business School Alumni Board, the Girl Scouts Crosstimbers Council and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Dallas. He is actively involved in his church where he serves as a lay leader.