Mr. Ronnie "Ron" Hammonds was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on January 22, 2015. He currently serves on the Audit Committtee. His term expires on January 31, 2021.
Mr. Hammonds is a native of West Texas, growing up in Cotton Center, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in accounting in 1968. While there he was a member of the Saddle Tramps organization. After graduation he was employed as a CPA by the Houston office of Haskins and Sells, which was one of the "big eight" national accounting firms. They were eventually morphed into what is known today as Deloitte and Touche.
After being with the firm briefly he was called to serve as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Finance Corp for a short tour at the U.S. Army Finance Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the conclusion of that obligation, Mr. Hammonds was employed as an accountant and eventually executive vice president of Southern Living and Leisure, a land development company located in Wimberley and Austin, Texas. He subsequently joined homebuilder, Nash Phillips Copus (NPC) in Austin, Texas to be their executive vice president and Houston Division President as the company grew to become the largest privately held homebuilder in the U.S.
In 1985, Mr. Hammonds founded Hammonds Homes Ltd, which grew to be ranked in the top 10 in the state of Texas, building more than 1,200 homes per year spread across the Houston, Dallas, and Austin markets before being acquired in 2002 by a publicly held homebuilder.
Mr. Hammonds and his wife, Nancy, currently reside in Houston where he is the owner and president of Grason Communities, Ltd, a real estate investment firm. He is a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church, the Texas Tech Alumni Association and the Chancellor’s Council at the Texas Tech University System. He has served on the boards of the local, state, and national associations of homebuilders, the Hearthstone Homeowners Association, the Hearthstone Country Club and the Brookhollow National Bank. As a father of four, Mr. Hammonds has coached and served on the boards of multiple youth football, soccer, cheerleading, basketball, project prom and baseball organizations and has in the past been active in the affairs of the Cy-Fair School District. He supports the Star of Hope Mission, the Baytown Homeless Shelter and oversees the Ron Hammonds Scholarship at Texas Tech University which a group of his friends endowed in his honor.