- William P. Hobby Jr. sitting back in a chair. William “Bill” Pettus Hobby, Jr., son of Oveta Culp and William Pettus Hobby was born in Houston. He was a member of UH's Board of Regents from 1965 to 1969. While lieutenant governor, in 1990 he called for the closure of Texas Southern University, and two years later supported the Rice University faculty's attempt to jettison athletics. He relinquished his seat at the head of the Texas Senate in 1991. Hobby was chancellor of the University of Houston System from 1995 to 1997. With the rapidly growing population of Fort Bend County, Hobby established UH's Fort Bend program. When his tenure as chancellor ended, Hobby represented UH's interests in Austin during the 1997 Legislature. He also was instrumental in forming and leading the Back to Basics coalition of Texas higher education officials, an effort that added many millions of dollars in state funding for colleges and universities, including UH.