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September 20, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 232-1408 or jbart@law.utexas.edu.
Event Contact:
Whitney Airaudi, Texas Exes, 512-471-3808. To register for the event, go to www.texasexes.org.

Houston Mayor Bill White, ’79, to Receive UT Distinguished Alumnus Award

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Bill White

AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Exes will honor Houston mayor Bill White, a 1979 graduate of UT Law, as one of six University of Texas at Austin alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the university with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Four Seasons Hotel.

“Bill White has quietly gone about his work over the years serving Texas and the nation is a way that has made a real difference in people’s lives. He exemplifies that 'What starts here changes the world,' and we are proud to honor him as a Distinguished Alumnus,” said Jim Boon, executive director of the Texas Exes.

White, a former chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, has been mayor of Houston since 2003. Before that, he was president and chief executive officer of Houston-based WEDGE Group, Inc., a firm consisting of companies engaged in oil and gas services, engineering and manufacturing, and real estate.

White was once the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy. He also served as an attorney and partner at Susman Godfrey from 1979 to 1993. He was honored by the Law School in 2001 as one of four distinguished alumni and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service. He graduated from the Law School with highest honors, and was elected editor-in-chief of The Texas Law Review.

Other 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients include:

Created in 1958, these prestigious awards are granted annually on a Friday evening before a home football game. The Texas Exes recognize as many as six Texas Exes who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to The University of Texas.

Related Links:
Texas Exes: http://www.texasexes.org
Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipients: http://www.texasexes.org/involved/daa.asp
UT Law Alum Bill White, Class of 1979, is New Mayor of Houston (2003): http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2003/121703_billwhite.html
Thomas G. Loeffler, ’71, Receives 2003 UT Distinguished Alumnus Award: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2003/100203_exes.html