Abilene Christian University announces the addition of three members to its Board of Trustees: Bill Minick (’82) of Dallas, Rick Atchley (’78) of North Richland Hills and Marelyn B. Shedd of Abilene.
Bill Minick is president of PartnerSource, the largest consulting firm on alternatives to workers’ compensation. He graduated summa cum laude from ACU in 1982 with a B.B.A. in finance, received his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1985 and then earned a Master of Laws degree in taxation at Southern Methodist University School of Law.
Minick practiced law for nine years before starting PartnerSource in 1994. In addition to work in recent years on the ACU University Council and the College of Business Administration’s Dean’s Advisory Council, Minick serves on boards and committees for Pepperdine University and the City of University Park, and is an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America.
He has three children and is married to Dr. Melissa Tonn, who serves on the Board of Regents for Texas Woman’s University.
Rick Atchley has been the preaching minister for The Hills Church of Christ since 1989. He graduated as valedictorian from ACU in 1978 with a B.A. in communications and a minor in Bible. After interning at various congregations in Dallas, Atchley became the preaching minister for Abilene’s Southern Hills Church of Christ in 1978. He continued his education at ACU, earning an M.A. in religious communications with a minor in Bible in 1982.
In February 2014, he was named ACU’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
Atchley and his wife, Jamie (Lyda ’81), have three children.
Marelyn Shedd serves as regional president at First Financial Bank for Abilene, Odessa, Albany, Clyde and Moran, Texas. She graduated with a B.B.A. in finance and economics from Baylor University in 1983 and has worked for First Financial Bank since 1991.
Shedd is on the board of Abilene Arts Alliance and also serves as board chair of the Community Foundation of Abilene and the Hendrick Medical Center Foundation, and vice president of the Development Corporation of Abilene. She previously served on the boards of Goodwill Industries of West Texas, United Way Abilene, historic Paramount Theatre, Abilene Ballet Theatre, and the Advisory Council of Hendrick Home for Children.
She and her husband, Glen, have two daughters.
ACU’s Board of Trustees is the governing body for the university and trustees are elected at the board’s February meetings each year. They are eligible, if elected, to serve up to five three-year terms. Trustees are asked to contribute to various committees in which their leadership, expertise and influence are best utilized to set policy, guide the institution’s long-term direction and ensure it fulfills its mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.