System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee (SEBAC)

MEMORANDUM (April 28, 2017)

TO:               Texas A&M University Faculty and Staff

SUBJECT:    Results of the System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee (SEBAC) Election

Recently, the System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee (SEBAC) ballots were received and tallied, and Karen Bigley, Communications Manager with the Division of Finance and Administration has been elected as the SEBAC representative for Texas A&M University effective September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2019. Congratulations, Ms. Bigley, on this important role as our SEBAC representative.

Ms. Bigley has worked with the University for over 10 years and will represent the interests of faculty, staff, graduate student employees and retirees to the best of her ability. As the Texas A&M University SEBAC Representative, Ms. Bigley may be contacted at or 979-845-1911 with concerns or suggestions surrounding the employee benefit programs.

The SEBAC group studies the various benefit plans (including health insurance programs) for the Texas A&M University System and makes recommendations on behalf of all employees. To learn more about SEBAC, view their meeting schedule and read meeting summaries, visit the SEBAC website online.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Jane Schneider for her dedication and contributions to the SEBAC committee over the past term.                                          

In addition to Ms. Bigley serving as our elected representative, the following individuals will serve as non-voting members:

  • Dr. Barbara Abercrombie, Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness (HROE)
  • Dr. Anna Satterfield, Director, HROE
  • Ms. Mary Schubert, Director, HROE
  • Ms. Elizabeth Schwartz, Director, HROE
  • Ms. Jeannie Laird, Director of Human Resource Services at Qatar
  • Mr. Jeff Boyer, Executive Director of Human Resources at Galveston
  • Dr. Walter Daugherity, Faculty Senate Representative
  • Ms. Johna Wright, University Staff Council Representative

Barbara A. Abercrombie │ Vice President
Division of Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness


SEBAC Defined: SEBAC stands for System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee.  This committee is an advisory group that makes recommendations to The Texas A&M University System administration on various issues relating to employee benefits. The group is responsible for working with the System Risk Management/Benefits Administration Office to advise about the benefits programs and packages offered to A&M System employees and retirees. SEBAC is governed by System Regulation 31-02-03.

SEBAC Representative Duties: The SEBAC representative represents the benefit needs and concerns of all University benefits-eligible employees including faculty, staff, and graduate student employees as well as representing the needs of University retirees. The SEBAC representative should demonstrate mature judgment, special abilities toward and the sincere interest in employee insurance programs and be able to represent the needs of all employees during the duration of the two year term. To serve effectively in this capacity, it is necessary for the SEBAC representative to commit sufficient time to solicit input and feedback from constituents about benefits coverage for employees and retirees, and attend quarterly and other subcommittee meetings. Meeting schedule listed here.

Election Process:  According to the Texas Insurance Code, SEBAC members are nominated and then elected by popular vote.  Each System Member is limited to one representative who will serve a two-year term.  Human Resources is charged with coordinating the SEBAC nomination and election process for the University’s representative.  Texas A&M University employees are encouraged to submit nominations.

Current SEBAC Representative: Jane Schneider

Jane Schneider, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations was elected as our SEBAC representative for Texas A&M University effective September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2017. You may contact her with any concerns you have regarding employee benefits and insurance plans.