Hogg Foundation’s Frost Promoted, Appointed to Academic Position

Sept. 24, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorney, educator and executive Dr. Lynda Frost has been named director of planning and programs at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and appointed as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Lynda FrostDr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, said, "Dr. Frost has been an effective, strong advocate for crucial mental health issues such as increasing cultural competency among service providers and minimizing the use of seclusion and restraint to control behavior. Doctoral students she mentors will benefit from her extensive knowledge, education and experience in academics, education and the law."

Frost is an experienced administrator and attorney with legal expertise in human rights, juvenile justice, criminal law and mediation. She joined the Hogg Foundation in 2003 as associate director. In her new role as director, she will oversee major initiatives and grant programs, lead strategic and operational planning, and manage program staff.

"Dr. Frost is a caring, compassionate person with a true passion for the state of mental health and how it affects us all. Her experience in law, policy and education will serve the foundation well in her new role as director of planning and programs," said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the foundation.

As a clinical associate professor, Frost will work with doctoral students in the department's educational policy and planning program. She previously taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia and the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

She has a law degree and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Iowa, a master's degree in international education from Lesley College and a bachelor's degree in English and American studies from Amherst College.

The Hogg Foundation was founded in 1940 by the children of former Texas Governor James Hogg to promote improved mental health for the people of Texas. The foundation's grants and programs support mental health consumer services, research, policy analysis and public education projects in Texas. The foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information, contact: Merrell Foote, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 512-471-9142 (office); 512-415-0408 (cell).