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ACU graduate appointed to Texas Supreme Court

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 26 2012 10:31:11 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 27 2012 08:46:46 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene Christian University graduate Jeffrey Boyd has been appointed to the state's highest court.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Boyd to the Texas Supreme Court on Monday. Boyd will fill the unexpired term of Dale Wainwright, who resigned in September. Boyd will be sworn in Dec. 3 and will serve on the court until the general election in 2014.

In a statement Boyd said, "Being appointed to the Texas Supreme Court is of course the greatest professional honor I could ever receive.  But, more importantly, it is a tremendous responsibility to the people of Texas, and I intend to fulfill it with everything I have."

Boyd graduated from ACU in 1983 as a biblical study major. He later went on to law school at Pepperdine University before returning to Texas and eventually working as Rick Perry’s chief of staff. He will be the second ACU student to serve on the Texas Supreme Court. The first was former Chief Justice Jack Pope.

"He follows the footsteps of Judge Pope and one of my favorite sayings from Judge Pope is that ‘Public service in all its many forms is a noble calling,’ and Jeff follows that so well,” said Mel Hailey, who has worked with Boyd on numerous occasions.

Hailey isn't the only one to notice Boyd’s passion for law. In a statement Gov. Perry said, "His addition to the court will continue to protect the rule of law and further the tradition of defending the freedoms that Texans so vigorously uphold."

The Supreme Court of Texas is the court of last resort for all civil matters in the state of Texas.