West U Resident Richard Schechter Resigns from HCC Board
West U resident Richard Schechter has resigned from the Houston Community College Board of Trustees.
Schechter has served on the board since 2005 and served as chair of the board in 2011.
“Serving on the board has been a privilege, and I am especially grateful to my colleagues for having given me the chance to serve as board chair in 2011 and the opportunity to play a significant role in the bond election of 2012,” Schechter said in his resignation letter. “Now, after the passage of the bond, I think this is an appropriate time for me to step aside and allow someone else the opportunity to serve our community.”
In November 2012, Houston voters approved a $425 million bond issue to expand HCC campuses and fund a new medical center facility.
During his time on the board, Schechter worked to help HCC become more efficient, lower taxes and promote accountability. He was also a leading force behind educational and technological innovation and drafted and passed comprehensive ethics reform.
“I have full faith that the citizens of District V will elect someone to oversee the next phase of the college’s growth,” he said.
Schechter is a graduate of Rice University and The University of Texas School of Law. He taught law classes at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He has held appointments on committees of the Texas Supreme Court and State Bar of Texas, and has served as director of the Texas and Houston Trial Lawyers Association.
He has lived in the district for more than 30 years.