SHSU Names New Tennis Complex after Chuck Beckner
During the Texas State University System Board of Regents quarterly meeting on August 13-14, approval was given for the naming of SHSU’s future tennis complex to the Chuck and Wanda Beckner Tennis Center. To be located south of Bowers and Sanders Stadiums, the facility will provide more (and better) courts for matches and practice, opportunities for revenue generation through collegiate and high school tournaments, and an upgrade in the overall experience for student athletes and spectators.
Since 2005, Charles L. “Chuck” Beckner (Gamma Tau–Sam Houston State ’71) has served as Chief Executive Officer of UNAMSCO, the parent company of Peterson Beckner Industries of Houston, Texas and National Steel City, with offices in Michigan and Alabama; and serves as Chairman of both specialty steel and industrial construction subsidiaries.
Chuck is an avid tennis player, having competed at various levels of USTA Team Tennis advancing to several Sectional and National championship tournaments.
Wanda Beckner shares her husband’s passion for the game of tennis. She has previously served as Co-Chair of the National Senior Women’s Clay Court Tennis Tournament at the Houston Racquet Club and has volunteered with the organization for 15 years. Aside from tennis, Wanda is an award-winning needle pointer.
Chuck received his BBA in 1971. While at Sam Houston State he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and the Bearkat Baseball team. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2014 and was inducted into the College of Business Administration Hall of Honor in 2017. Chuck has been a member of the President’s Circle for 10 years.
The Beckner’s have been married for almost 48 years. They have two sons, Austin and Lance, and four grandchildren. They make their home in Dallas, Texas.