Expat Indian among three members appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to University of North Texas board


Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday, June 13 reappointed renowned Indian American Ashok “AK” Mago to the University of North Texas System Board of Regents for a five-year term.

Awarded the Padmashree by the late President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in 2014 and also a recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (in 2010), Mago had his early education at Delhi University, before moving to the University of Texas, Dallas, from where he did his MBA.

Originally from Haryana, Mago made significant contributions to the Senate India Caucus, the only country-specific caucus in the US.

Mago is the chairman and CEO of the Dallas-based Mago and associates, as well as the founding chairman of the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber, now known as the US-India Chamber.

Mago has been involved in public service by his association with organizations like the Primary Care Clinic of North Texas, Salvation Army of North Texas Advisory Board, and UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center Community Advisory Board. He has served as Director in the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board along with other organizations in Dallas. His interests extend to arts, history and performing arts as he has served as a member of the Dallas Museum of Art Board of Trustees and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board.

Along with Mago, Laura Wright, serving as chair in the outgoing board since 2019, who had retired from Southwest Airlines Co, as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance in 2015 and Houston’s Lindy Rydman, co-owner of Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods and were also nominated.

For Wright and Rydman the appointment is a sort of homecoming as both are alumni of the University of North Texas. Wright received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of North Texas, Rydman holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the same university.