Chapman recommends Texas attorney for SBC Executive Committee slot

by Herb Hollinger , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (21 years ago)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Texas attorney D. August "Augie" Boto will be recommended as vice president for convention policy/staff counsel for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, according to Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer.

Boto's recommendation, with Executive Committee officers' endorsement, will be considered by the full committee at its next regular meeting June 8 just prior to the SBC annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

Chapman told Baptist Press he also would make several changes in staff assignments in connection with the retirement of Ernest Mosley as executive vice president April 1.

David E. Hankins, currently vice president for convention policy, will become vice president for cooperative program April 1, a new post created by Chapman highlighting the Executive Committee's "strong commitment to its new assignment, promotion of the Cooperative Program and working with state conventions." Hankins has an ability to think strategically and give visionary leadership, Chapman said, in what Southern Baptists believe to be the greatest mission-funding enterprise, perhaps, in the history of Christendom. Chapman said there would not be a position of executive vice president assigned to a staff member. He directly supervises the five-member vice presidential staff and is in the process of revising some of the job descriptions.

Boto, a member of the Executive Committee, is an attorney and administrative counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association in Austin, Texas.

"As an attorney, Boto will bring a wealth of knowledge to the position of vice president for convention policy/staff counsel," Chapman said. "His expertise in legal matters and keen awareness of convention polity will be enormously helpful to the Executive Committee and the Southern Baptist Convention."

In the new position, Boto would be responsible to "review governing documents of the SBC, its Executive Committee, boards, commissions and seminaries and, in light of given conditions, initiate changes or process requested changes, to serve as staff counsel to the Executive Committee" and provide staff assistance to the various Executive Committee and SBC groups.

Boto, 46, has more than 20 years in a wide variety of business and legal endeavors and has been a partner in a Dallas law firm, independent trader on the Chicago Board of Trade and also a county attorney.

As administrative counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association since 1985, Boto led an association of nearly 5,000 members, managing a $1.7 million budget and regularly hosting the largest annual gathering of prosecutors and staff in the world. Before taking the administrative counsel position in 1995, Boto was the Cooke County Attorney in Gainesville, Texas, for six years and a private attorney for a number of years.

Awarded a bachelor of business administration in 1974 by Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Boto earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Baylor Law School in 1975.

Boto became a Christian at the age of 7 and was baptized by Magnolia Baptist Church, Riverside, Calif., where his grandfather had been the pastor. Later, his family moved to Dallas and became longtime members of First Baptist Church, Dallas.

He and his wife, Cindy, are parents of three children: Lucas, 14, Matthew, 11, and Grace, 5. The Botos are members of Hyde Park Baptist Church, Austin, where he is a deacon.

If elected, Boto would begin immediately following the June 8 vote by the Executive Committee, Chapman said.

The Executive Committee is the SBC "ad interim," since the SBC is in session for only three days a year. Two of the 80-plus member committee's responsibilities are recommending a Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for the convention's entities and managing the annual meeting.

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