(WACO, Texas) – Eric Beckman, of Frisco, was recently appointed to Texas State Technical College’s Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott for a term expiring on Aug. 31, 2029.
“I couldn’t be more than happy to be appointed to this position,” Beckman said. “Education, particularly in the areas TSTC is involved in, is something I’m very passionate about.”
He wants to continue bringing awareness of the shortage of qualified technicians in all sectors TSTC is involved in, and to help more qualified people enter the workplace.
Beckman is vice president of engineering for National Field Services, an Integrated Power Services (IPS) company, in Lewisville.
He completed an engineering internship at Texas Instruments in Sherman before going to work for National Switchgear as a field engineer. He progressed in management roles and became president of National Field Services. He was named to his current position when IPS acquired National Switchgear and National Field Services.
Marcus Balch, provost of TSTC’s North Texas campus, said Beckman was instrumental in helping to guide the creation of the Electrical Power and Controls (EPC) program in Red Oak. Balch said he volunteered his time in an advisory capacity.
“Eric also helped to connect us to other industry partners that helped us do an initial recruitment push to bring on our first students into the program,” he said. “His efforts and continued support have realized an EPC program of nearly 60 students today that support area industry partners.”
Beckman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
The nine-member TSTC Board of Regents serve six-year terms appointed by the governor. The group meets quarterly to enact policies and provide leadership to the college consisting of 10 campuses statewide.
“Everything we do at TSTC is driven by our prime objective of providing a highly skilled workforce to Texas industrial employers,” said Mike Reeser, chancellor and CEO of TSTC. “So, having an industrial executive like Eric join our board will help us maintain the highest standards of performance.”
Beckman replaces Charles P. “Pat” McDonald, of Richmond, whose term expired.
For more information on TSTC, go to tstc.edu.