BEAUMONT, TX (May 23, 2019) —On May 20, 2019, Pat Anderson and Dr. David Willard were sworn in as Port of Beaumont Commissioners by Port Director Chris Fisher. Anderson will represent Ward 2, marking the start of his second term in office, and Willard will represent the community at-large, marking the start of his first term in office. The Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners is comprised of six elected commissioners who each serve six-year terms.
“The Port of Beaumont is excited about the unprecedented level of growth we have experienced over the last several years and we know the addition of David Willard and the continued service of Pat Anderson will help keep our port growing,” says Port Director Chris Fisher.
Pat Anderson was elected to the Board of Commissioners on May 11, 2013 to represent Ward 2. After over 30 years of service, he retired from Goodyear Chemical Plant in 2002. Anderson currently works in sales for Becker Printing and serves as a full-time volunteer Deputy Sheriff for Jefferson County, providing security for various nonprofit fundraising events. He has served in this capacity for nearly 30 years and holds a Master Peace Officer certificate. Anderson currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and is a member of the Jefferson Theatre Preservation Society Board of Directors. He is active in North End Baptist Church, a lifetime member and past president of Young Men’s Business League (YMBL), past president of the West End Optimist Club, past chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, past president of Rotary Club of Beaumont and chair of the Flag Project. Pat has been named Ambassador Emeritus for the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He also volunteers as a Chamber ambassador and is a graduate of Leadership Beaumont and Leadership Southeast Texas.
In a statement Commissioner Anderson said, “It is an honor to be re-elected as Commissioner for the Port of Beaumont. I have learned so much in the last six years and look forward to the next six years as we continue to grow. I believe that serving our community is very important, especially since it has been my home for the last 72 years. I also want to say thank you to the people who supported me throughout this process. I will do and give my best for the Port of Beaumont to make sure I am representing the people of our area well. We have a great Port staff and Port Director and a proactive Board of Commissioners. I am looking forward working with our new commissioner, Dr. Willard, and moving our Port forward.”
Newly elected Commissioner Dr. David Willard is a Morehouse College and Harvard educated, award-winning educator, author, and community servant. In his nearly 30-year career in education, he has worked in some of the nation’s finest schools and currently is middle school dean of students at All Saints Episcopal School in Beaumont, Texas. He also serves on the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Regional Board and the CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Advisory Board, among others.
“I’m very excited to be a member of the Board of Commissioners and I’m looking forward to helping move the Port of Beaumont into the future,” says Commissioner Willard.
The members of the Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners are responsible for making decisions pertaining to the current operations and future direction of the Port of Beaumont. Port commissioners set the policies that guide the development, growth and operation of the Port.