David Montagne, appointed to the Board of Regents in 2009, is assistant general manager for the Sabine River Authority of Texas, for which he has worked since 1986. He supervises more than 100 employees and is responsible for operations, finance, engineering, planning and environmental services. He reports directly to the general manager, whom he assists in executing the policy and program directives of the board of directors. Prior to his position as assistant manager, he held the position of controller for the authority.
From 1989 through 1994, he received the Financial Reporting Achievement Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association. Since 1992, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Water Conservation Association Risk Management Fund and has served as a delegate of the Western States Water Council since 1993. He began his career in 1974 with Texaco, Inc., as a senior accountant with responsibilities in cost accounting, material accounting, and property/equipment accounts. He was at Texaco for 10 years. In 1984, he worked as an auditor for the Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas – Beaumont Office. Prior to his involvement with the Sabine River Authority, he worked as the executive director for the Housing Authority of Orange County.
Montagne has been involved in a number of charitable and civic activities, including past board membership on the Lamar State College-Orange Foundation, the Orange County Red Cross, and the Orange County American Heart Association. He received the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Orange Rotary Club and is a past treasurer for the club. He is a board member for the Lamar University Cardinal Club. In May of 2004, he was appointed to the Texas Ethics Commission by Governor Rick Perry and served until April of 2009. His wife, Janet, is the President of Group Care Home Health.
David and Janet have four children and reside in Beaumont. Montagne received his BBA degree in accounting from Lamar University in Beaumont.