University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James M. Windham, Jr., Papers, 1968-2016



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Windham, James M. Jr. (1942-)
Title: Windham, James M., Jr., papers
Dates: 1968-2016
Abstract: Correspondence, printed material, financial documents, photographs, minutes, and annual reports, comprise the James M. Windham, Jr., Papers. The materials document Windham’s banking career, as well as his extensive civic, political, and educational interests.
Accession No.: 2016-227
OCLC No.: 957658470
Extent: 5 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

James M. Windham, Jr., was born in 1942 to James M. Windham, Sr., and Woermann Gibson Windham. He married Lela Lynn Boyd in 1969 and the couple had two children, Victoria Wind and Caroline Holian.

A graduate of Livingston High School, where he served as student body president, Windham received a BBA in finance and accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a degree from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Southern Methodist University. He served in the U.S. Army and Texas Army National Guard and was discharged as First Lieutenant in 1972.

Windham entered commercial banking in 1969 and served as Senior Vice President and chairman of the commercial banking division of Capital National Bank of Houston. At Western Bank of Houston, he served as Executive Vice President and Director and became Chairman of the Bank and Chief Executive Officer of its parent, Western Bancorporation. In 1988, he founded Windham Capital, Inc., an investment banking and corporate finance advisory firm, and served there until 2000. As a sole practitioner, he provided investment portfolio consulting services until 2007.

Windham served on a number of civic, charitable, and business organizations. He was president of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce (ETCC), 1974-1980, and represented the organization during the founding the Texas Chamber of Commerce (TCC) in 1985. He subsequently helped negotiated the TCC's merger with the Texas Association of Business (TAB) in 1994 and served as the TAB's chair. At the University of Texas at Austin, he has served as a member of the Chancellor’s Council, the President's Associates, the Littlefield Society, the Longhorn Foundation, the Department of Finance Advisory Council, and as a member of the advisory board of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Core Texts and Ideas. Gov. Bill Clements appointed Windham to the Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University, where he served from 1989-1995. In addition, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Windham to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. Other charitable activities include his work with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he served as director, vice president, and executive committee member. Windham was a founding director of the Texas Lyceum Association and director of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

In 2006, Windham founded the non-profit organization Texas Institute for Education Reform (TIER), an organization dedicated to advancing standards and accountability in public education, where he has served as chairman. TIER led to the founding of the Texas Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, a public education reform coalition advocating for higher standards for teaching and student achievement. In 2015, Windham received the Conscience Builder Award for work in education by the League of United Latin American Citizens Texas Chapter. In 2016, TIER combined with the non-profit Texans for Education Reform to form Texas Aspires, http://texasaspires.org, where Windham serves as co-chairman.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, printed material, financial documents, photographs, minutes, and annual reports, comprise the James M. Windham, Jr., Papers. The materials document Windham’s banking career, as well as his extensive civic, political, and educational interests. Windham created much of the material during his time in commercial banking at Capital National Bank of Houston, Western Bank of Houston, and Windham Capital, Inc., his investment banking firm.

The material is organized in five series:

Business and Professional Leadership includes annual reports, published articles, and legislative correspondence from Livingston Savings and Loan, Capital National Bank, and Windham Capital.

Civic and Political Activity includes executive summaries, correspondence, public relations materials, and photographs from civic groups including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Texas Lyceum Association, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, the First United Methodist Church Foundation, and numerous public education reform groups. Also included are materials for political candidates including Bill Clements, George W. Bush, and Rick Perry.

Publications includes correspondence and essays from Windham’s monthly newsletter Texas Pilgrim, http://texaspilgrim.com, as well as educational op-eds.

Speeches include addresses given to civic, business, and education groups, 1982-2015.

Personal/Miscellaneous includes military and university records, as well as personal correspondence.


 

Arrangement

  • I. Business and Professional Leadership
    • a. Commercial banking
    • b. Investment banking
  • II. Civic and Political Activity
    • a. Civic involvement
    • b. Other civic, charitable, and business involvement
    • c. Public education reform
    • d. Higher education involvement
    • e. Candidate support
    • f. General political activity
  • III. Publications
  • IV. Speeches
  • V. Personal/Miscellaneous

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Many of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

Use of digital materials by appointment only; please contact digital archivist for more information.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Windham, James M. Jr., 1942-
Subjects (Organizations)
East Texas Chamber of Commerce.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Texas Association of Business.
Texas Lyceum Association.
Texas Public Policy Association.
Western Bancorporation.
Subjects
Banks and banking.
Places
Houston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James M. Windham, Jr., Papers, 1968-2016, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, August 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 
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2016-227/1 Business and Professional Leadership
Commercial Banking
Livingston Savings and Loan, 1973-1975
Capital National Bank and successors, press clippings and publications, 1970-1979
Capital National publications, 1972-1978
Western Bank annual reports, 1980-1985
Western Bank financials, 1979-1986
Western Bank press clippings, published articles, press releases, 1980-1989
Western Bank regulator and legislative correspondence, 1986-1989
Western Bank, 1979-1981
Western Bank, 1986
Western Bank, Jan.-June 1987
Western Bank, July-Dec. 1987
Western Bank, 1988
"The Western Experience," 1979-1987
Investment Banking
Windham Capital/Windham Securities, 1989-1990
Monroe/Vos, 2000-2001



 
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2016-227/1 Civic and Political Activity
Civic Involvement
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Executive Summary Organizational Assessment 1999-2000
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Long-range planning, 1971-2016
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, communications, 1979-2016
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, business issues, 1985-2012
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, public relations, 1980-2016
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2016-227/2 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Nominations, 2002-2015
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, HISD Apollo 20 Program, 2010-2014
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, HISD Reading Initiative, 2011-2015
Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence, 2001-2010
Texas Lyceum Association, 1980
Texas Lyceum Association, correspondence, 1980
Texas Lyceum Association, 1981, 1984-1985
Texas Lyceum Association, correspondence, 1983
Texas Lyceum Association, 1984-1990
Texas Lyceum Conference, "A Texas High School Diploma: What Is It Worth?", 2005
Texas Lyceum Association, 2015-2016
Texas Lyceum Association SOTV awards dinner, 1989
Texas Lyceum 25th and 30th anniversary galas, 2005-2012
Texas Lyceum Association Task Force for state planning studies, 1983-1985
Texas Lyceum publications, 1984-1985
Speeches, Texas Lyceum Association, 1984-200
Confucian Lyceum Initiative, 2007-2009
Texas Public Policy Foundation, memos, reports, correspondence, 1990-1994
Texas Public Policy Foundation, communication, 1990-2005
Speeches, East Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1983-2003
East Texas Chamber of Commerce, correspondence, 1978-1980
East Texas Chamber of Commerce annual convention, 1980
East Texas Chamber of Commerce publications, news clippings, 1979-1980
East Texas Chamber of Commerce annual convention, 1981
East Texan of the Year, 1983
Texas Association of Business (TAB/TABCC) publications, 1996-2015
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2016-227/3 TAB/TABCC communications, 1995-1997
TAB correspondence, 2012-2016
Other civic, charitable, and business involvement
Miscellaneous organizations and events, 1986-2014
First United Methodist Church Foundation, 1998-2007
Texans for Lawsuit Reform, 2006-2014
C-Club, 2002-2014
Public Education Reform
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence and related, 2003-2012
State Board for Educator Certification, communications, 2002-2008
State Board for Educator Certification, public papers, 2001-2005
Houston Independent School District/Houston Business/Education Coalition, 2006-2015
Texas Education Reform Caucus, 2000-2004
Texans for Education Reform, correspondence, 2013-2015
Texans for Education Reform/Texans Deserve Great Schools, 2013-2015
Texas Institute for Education Reform, media 2006-2013
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3Q147b Texas Institute for Education Reform, 5 DVDs. 2008-2010
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2016-227/3 Texas Institute for Education Reform, correspondence (1 of 2), 2005-2016
Texas Institute for Education Reform, correspondence (2 of 2), 2012-2016
Texas Institute for Education Reform, meetings, agendas, 2006-2016
Texas Institute for Education Reform, testimony, presentations, 2007-2014
Texas Institute for Education Reform, board/administrative documents, 2007-2014
Texas Institute for Education Reform, HB5 negotiations, 2008-2013
Texas Institute for Education Reform, HB5 correspondence, 2012-2013
Texas Institute for Education Reform, PIE network, 2007
TIER/Texans for Education Reform merger, 2016
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2016-227/4 Texas Institute for Education Reform, funding, 2008-2014
Texas Institute for Education Reform, value-added assessment debate, 2004-2012
Miscellaneous education reform, 1999-2005
Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education, 2011-2015
High School Council, Dec. 2007-Mar. 2008
School Choice, 1995-1999
School Choice, 2000-2003
School Choice, 2003-2007
Governor's Business Council Task Force, 2004
Governor's Business Council Task Force, 2005
Texas Business Leadership Council [formerly Governor's Business Council], 2005-2015
Greater Houston Partnership, 2002-2009
Common Ground, 2008
Common Ground, 2009-2010
Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program, 2011-2016
Center for Financial Accountability and Productivity in Public Education, 2010-2015
Texas Educational Governance Reform Alliance, 2011-2012
Higher Education Involvement
University of Texas communication, 1988-2015
University of Texas President's Associates, 1999-2015
Thomas Jefferson Center, 2009-2016
Stephen F. Austin State University, 1985-1992
Coalition of American Traditions and Ethics, 2009
Candidate Support
Bill Clements, 1986-1988
George W. Bush, 1994-1999
Rick Perry, 1998-2015
Sanchez for Mayor, 1997-2009
David Dewhurst, 2011-2014
Greg Abbott, 2014
Houston ISD elections, 2001-2008
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2016-227/5 General Political Activity
Legislative and political activities and contributions, 1973-1987
Political activity and contribution sheet, 1978-2005
Political activity, 2006-2016



 
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2016-227/5 Publications
Texas Pilgrim
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2000
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2001
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2002
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2003
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2004
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2005-2007
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2008-2011
Texas Pilgrim correspondence, 2012-2016
Texas Pilgrim essays, 2000-2012
Miscellaneous Publications
SeeThruEdu.com, 2012-2016
Research Report, 2005
Education op-eds and related, 1998-2011
Op-eds and correspondence, 1993-2003
Op-eds and correspondence, 2004-2006
Op-eds and correspondence, 2007-2011
Op-eds and correspondence, 2012-2016



 
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2016-227/5 Speeches
Speeches, 1982-1986
Speeches, 1987-1996
Speeches, 2002-2004
Speeches, 2005-2015



 
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2016-227/5 Personal/Miscellaneous
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2016-227/5 Military record, 1966-1976
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3G409 RESTRICTED Military record, 1966-1976
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2016-227/5 Personal/Miscellaneous, 1961-2016
Master's thesis, Southern Methodist University, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, 1974