Inventor and Trinity Alumnus Named Chairman of the Board of Trustees
by Carla Sierra
San Antonio businessman L. Herbert Stumberg Jr. ’81 has been elected chairman of Trinity University's Board of Trustees. He will serve a two-year term and succeeds Michael F. Neidorff ’65, who is chairman, president, and CEO of Centene Corporation. Current Board member and Trinity alumna Melody Meyer ’79 has been named vice-chair and chair-elect.
For Stumberg, the new role is the natural evolution of his lifetime of involvement with Trinity. “Trinity contributed enormously to my development as both a businessman and a person,” Stumberg said. “As chairman, I will ensure that the school continues to offer that same sort of support to the students, faculty, and staff who pass through its doors.”
Stumberg is the president of Air Measurement Technologies, a San Antonio firm that designs and develops digital pressure and temperature computers for firefighters. He and his late business partner James Fulton invented the first integrated Personal Alert Safety System (PASS device) for the firefighting industry. The system, which uses a high-pitched sound to alert firefighters to comrades in need of help, is now required on all firefighting breathing apparatuses in the United States.
Previously, Stumberg was a partner at Ryckman & Associates, where he oversaw real estate partnerships, and a co-founder of Orca Industries, which designed and developed the first underwater decompression computer for both recreational and industrial industries. A business administration major, Stumberg went on to earn his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former member of Trinity's National Alumni Board. Stumberg and his brother, Eric, established the Louis H. Stumberg Venture Plan Competition in memory of their late father, a former member of the Board of Trustees. The Stumberg Prize is held annually to celebrate entrepreneurship among Trinity students attempting to launch businesses. This March, the competition provided $5,000 in seed funding for five student entrepreneur teams. Concepts ranged from an internet-connected pill bottle that tracks patient compliance with medications to a bottled cold-brew specialty coffee company. Stumberg has served on the Trinity University Board of Trustees since 2000.
Vice-chair and chair-elect Meyer currently helms two companies, Melody Meyer Energy LLC and Women with Energy LLC, having retired from Chevron after 37 years of senior leadership. There she served as president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, president of Chevron Energy Technology Company, vice president of both U.S. Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Mid-Continent strategic business units. Meyer currently serves on the boards of British Petroleum, AbbVie, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and National Bureau of Asian Research. Meyer graduated from Trinity with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Science and attended Dartmouth Tuck Executive Education Program in 1997. She has served on the Trinity University Board of Trustees since 2005.
Newly elected Trustees include April Ancira ’02, Stephen Butt ’77, Christopher Kinsey ’79, and Thomas Schluter ’85.
Ancira received a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing and finance from Trinity in 2002 and a master’s degree in business from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is vice president of Ancira Auto Group and oversees the operations of 11 new franchised auto stores.
Butt is president of H-E-B’s Central Market Division, having held various leadership positions throughout his more than 39-year career with H-E-B. He earned a bachelor’s of art degree from Trinity in 1977, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has participated in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs.
Kinsey is CEO of Kinsey Interests, Inc., a private investment company in Shreveport, Louisiana. He received a bachelor’s of art degree from Trinity in 1979 and an MBA from Louisiana State University. Additional studies include the Harvard Business School owners/president management program in 2001.
Schluter graduated from Trinity in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering science with a concentration in mechanical engineering and mathematics. Shortly after graduation, Schluter took a job with a small San Antonio company called Beckwith Electronic Engineering Co. as a manager trainee. In 1991, after learning all facets of the business, he bought the company, which today employs more than 140 employees and has offices in San Antonio and Austin.