In this ongoing feature, we will highlight the achievements of one of our distinguished board members—this month, J. Bruce Bugg Jr.

Appointed to the Humanities Texas board by Governor Rick Perry in the fall of 2010, Mr. Bugg is chairman and trustee of The Tobin Endowment, a private charitable foundation in San Antonio, and chairman and president of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the McNay Art Museum, St. Mary’s Hall, the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, and as a member of the board of directors of The Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is former chairman of the board of governors of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio.

Mr. Bugg is chairman and CEO of three holding companies: Southwest Bancshares, Inc., Bandera First State Bancshares, Inc., and San Antonio Capital & Trust Holdings, LLC. He is also chairman and CEO of Argyle Investment Co., LLC., a private investment firm. Mr. Bugg is a member of the State Bar of Texas and holds JD and BBA degrees from Southern Methodist University. He is married to Alethea Bugg and has two sons, Jim and Tom.

Mr. Bugg, whose leadership was instrumental in closing Humanities Texas's capital campaign, serves as chair of the council's financial development committee. He is also a member of the strategic planning committee, which envisions future program and development strategies for Humanities Texas. In April 2008, the Tobin Endowment generously hosted our spring board meeting and reception at the Tobin Estate in San Antonio.

J. Bruce Bugg Jr.
Bruce and Alethea Bugg visit with Mary Fraser (left) at the grand opening of the Byrne-Reed House.
Guests gather at the Tobin Estate in San Antonio for the spring 2008 Humanities Texas board reception.