The Presidential Citation recognizes individuals whose contributions have brought great distinction to the University and who exemplify the values of our institution. The first Presidential Citations were bestowed at Honors Day in 1979.
Edmund T. Gordon is chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and associate professor of African and African diaspora studies and anthropology of the African diaspora at UT Austin. He also has been associate vice president of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and director of the Center for African and African American Studies at the university. His interests include culture and power in the African diaspora, gender studies, critical race theory, race education, and the racial economy of space and resources.
Charles Matthews, a 1967 graduate of UT Austin, is former vice president and general counsel at ExxonMobil, where he worked since 1971. He is the immediate past chair of UT Austin’s Development Board and served on the Commission of 125. He has chaired the Chancellor's Council and serves on the board of the UT System Foundation along with myriad other boards including that of the AT&T Cotton Bowl and the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
James and Miriam Mulva are among the greatest supporters of UT Austin in its history. Their gift of $60 million to support the construction of a new engineering building and a renovation of the university’s graduate school of business buildings follows a $15 million gift that supported the construction of a new Liberal Arts Building and its ROTC center. Jim earned a bachelor’s in business administration from UT Austin in 1968 and an MBA in 1969. He followed service in the Navy with a distinguished career in energy, which included serving as chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips. Miriam is the director of the Mulva Family Foundation.
Shannon Ratliff earned a bachelor’s from UT Austin in 1961 and a law degree in 1964. His long and distinguished career in law and public service includes serving as a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents from 1985 to1991. He is owner of Ratliff Law Firm and has served as lead counsel for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of statewide and nationwide class actions and other complex litigation. He has represented clients in suits outside Texas in federal and state courts and is a former chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission.
Pamela Willeford, a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She began her professional career as a school teacher and since then has served as president of the Pico Drilling Company Ltd., a family-owned oil services business. In addition to serving as a U.S. ambassador appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003, Willeford was appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1995, where she served for eight years and was promoted to chairwoman in 1998.
Judith Zaffirini, the second longest-serving senator (and highest-ranking female and Hispanic senator) in the Texas Senate, was elected to the Texas Senate in 1986 to represent Laredo and has served in the Senate since then. She received her bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees from UT Austin. She is the second longest-serving senator. Zaffirini served as chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee from 2006 to 2012 and is the chair of the Senate Government Organization Committee. Her business, Zaffirini Communications, specializes in professional communication services such as consulting, one-on-one coaching and keynote addresses.
Joe Jamail, a well-known Texas attorney and long-standing university patron, made national headlines in 1985 with the case Pennzoil v. Texaco, in which Jamail and his partner won a record-setting $10.55 billion judgment while representing Pennzoil. Jamail received his bachelor’s and law degree from UT Austin. At 87 years old, he’s still an active partner in his law firm. Jamail is a long-time and frequent donor to the university. His gifts span a variety of colleges and departments throughout the university, including the College of Liberal Arts, School of Nursing, School of Undergraduate Studies, School of Law, the Harry Ransom Center and athletics (including the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center).
Peter O’Donnell, president of the O’Donnell Foundation and namesake for the O’Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences, created the O'Donnell Foundation with his wife, Edith. The foundation is the fifth largest independent foundation in Dallas. It primarily supports engineering, science and math education at the graduate level along with arts programs in higher education. O’Donnell served in the Navy and was appointed to President Ronald Reagan’s President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
Jay Boisseau leads the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) the center that operates several of the most powerful supercomputers and visualization systems in the world. Boisseau is one of the leaders in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment project, the most powerful and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. The project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Boisseau earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees in astronomy from The University of Texas at Austin where his interest in high-performance computing was stimulated by his research on modeling the dynamics of supernovae.
John Massey, a UT Law School graduate, has spent his professional life as an investor and executive in radio, television, banking and insurance. He is a trustee of the Law School Foundation and the University of Texas Foundation, and he is a lifetime member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council. The Masseys’ contributions to the university include the Elizabeth Shatto Massey Award for Excellence in Teacher Education; a permanent endowment of scholarships for Colorado County students who attend the university and study to be teachers; a large gift to create three endowed merit scholarships for the new 40 Acres Scholarship Program; and the Elizabeth S. and John H. Massey Chancellor’s Excellence in Education endowment. At the School of Law, they established the Massey Fund for the Study of Law, Innovation, and Capital Markets and the Massey Teaching Excellence Awards.
Charles Tate, an investment banker, has been involved with the University since receiving his undergraduate business degree in 1968. He is an active member of the Texas Exes and served on the Commission of 125. He is chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering External Advisory Committee and serves on the board of UTIMCO, the investment organization for the University of Texas System. He was elected to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2007 he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Exes. In 1999 Tate and business partner Tom Hicks purchased the diary of José Enrique de la Peña, a first-hand account by a Mexican soldier of the battle of the Alamo and the death of Davy Crockett, and donated it to the University. In 2002 he started his own private equity firm in Houston — Capital Royalty, which invests in the health care industry.
Barbara White, former dean of the School of Social work, was the University’s first African American dean. During the 18 years of her leadership, the school became a recognized leader in social work education, rising in U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation’s best graduate programs in social work from 14th in 1995 to sixth currently. White served as president of two nationwide social work organizations. In 2009 she was selected as an inaugural board member and fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, a society of scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and a master’s degree in social work, both from Florida State University. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, she was associate dean at the Florida State University College of Social Work.
Ron Kirk is the United States Trade Representative and principal trade advisor to President Obama. He serves in the president's cabinet as negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues. Born and raised in Austin, Kirk is a 1979 graduate of The University of Texas Law School. Prior to becoming Trade Representative, Kirk was a partner at Vinson & Elkins, LLP. He was named one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal in 2008. Kirk was the first African-American mayor of Dallas from 1995-2001. He was appointed Texas Secretary of State by Governor Ann Richards in 1994. He received UT's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001.
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long are two of the University's most active philanthropists. Jointly and individually, they have served on a broad range of boards and have received numerous honors recognizing their leadership. They have created the Long Foundation which supports programs that provide children and young adults opportunities to realize their potential in life, programs for the visual and performing arts, and educational programs with an emphasis on removing barriers to education. Both completed their undergraduate work at UT. Theresa received her PhD in Education at UT and Joe is a graduate of The University of Texas Law School. They have both received UT's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The late Shirley Bird Perry was a senior vice president at UT. She joined the University administration after her graduation from UT in 1958. She served as a program director and later as director of the Texas Union. Under President Peter Flawn, Perry coordinated the Centennial programs of 1981-1983 as vice president for development and university relations. She moved to UT System Administration in 1994 to serve as vice chancellor. She returned to UT in 2004. The Texas Union named a special student leadership award in her honor in 2003, and she received UT's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005.
Tom Staley was director of the Harry H. Ransom Humanities Research Center. He is a professor of English and holds the Harry Huntt Ransom Chair in Liberal Arts. As director, Staley increased awareness of the collections and focused on making them more widely accessible to scholars and the public. Staley also spearheaded the $14.5 million renovation of the Ransom Center in 2003, which included the creation of 40,000 square feet of newly constructed public space for galleries, an auditorium, and a new reading room. Complementing this renovation was Staley's development of expanded exhibitions and public programs to showcase the collections in new and engaging ways. He has written or edited 13 books on James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Jean Rhys, and modern literature and is the founding editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and Joyce Studies Annual.
Tom Anderson is the University carillonneur. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from UT in 1953 and a master’s degree in music in 1956. For decades he has delighted the campus community and its visitors with his performances on the Tower carillon. Three days a week he plays tunes using the 56 bells at the top of the Tower. He first played the carillon from 1952 until 1956, while a student. In 1967, UT President Harry Ransom asked him to start playing again, and he has been doing so ever since. Before retiring in 1989, he served as assistant director of the UT International Office.
Kenneth Jastrow II served as chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland, Inc., from 2000 to 2007. He has also served as chairman of the UT Development Board and the Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business, and continues to serve as chairman of the Campaign for Texas. He is probably best known for his leadership role as chairman of the Commission of 125, a visionary group of UT alumni and friends who charted a path for the University’s future. Jastrow earned a BBA from UT in 1969 and an MBA in 1971. He was inducted into the McCombs School Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the UT Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004.
Robert B. Rowling is the owner and chairman of TRT Holdings, Inc., a diversified holding company headquartered in Irving, Texas. He has served as vice chairman of the UT System Board of Regents and as chairman of the board of directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). He has also been an advisory council member of the Longhorn Foundation and the McCombs School of Business. He earned a BBA from UT in 1976. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
William W. Cooper was the Foster Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus of Finance and Management in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management in the Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. In his long, distinguished, and prolific career, he has been an innovator in building bridges between theory and data, using the foundations of accounting and new methods of analysis to understand complex economic and managerial problems and find solutions to them. He is the co-author of twenty-seven books and more than 500 scientific and professional articles, ranging across the disciplines of information systems, management science, business management, and information technology. His numerous awards include co-recipient of the 1982 John Von Neumann Theory Prize, the 1986 U.S. Comptroller General Award for Significant Contributions to the U.S. General Accounting Office, and his 1991 induction into the Accounting Hall of Fame.
Stephen A. Monti is the Executive Vice Provost of The University of Texas at Austin. In that role, he administers many of the functions that are critical to the operation and success of a world-class research institution. He is involved in developing the institutional budget, managing facility renovations and assigning space, administering facilities and capital projects, and overseeing the setting and review of tuition policy. He also advises the Provost in the areas of academic program administration, institutional policy and procedures, and resource management. Monti is Professor of Chemistry, having come to the UT Chemistry Department as an assistant professor in 1967. He has held administrative positions at the University since 1974, including assistant to the president; the associate vice presidencies for academic planning, academic administration, and academic affairs and research; vice provost; provost ad interim; and twice as interim executive vice president and provost. Virtually every corner of the University bears the stamp of his hand as a skilled administrator and leader.
Robert S. Strauss is an accomplished lawyer and diplomat, and a trusted advisor to the highest levels of government. A 1941 graduate of The University of Texas Law School, Strauss was instrumental in helping his fellow UT Law alumnus John Connally win the 1962 election for Texas governor. Strauss served on the Texas Banking Commission under Governor Connally, while continuing to build his growing law firm, and he served as United States Trade Representative under President Jimmy Carter. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush appointed him U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and following the collapse of the USSR he continued as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. The law firm Strauss founded in 1945, now known as Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, is today one the largest in the world. The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin is named in his honor. A recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Strauss played a major role in our nation’s political affairs during the second half of the twentieth century.
Sara Martinez Tucker has worked tirelessly to ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue higher education. She is the under secretary of education, the U.S. Department of Education’s top higher education official. In this position she oversees all policies and programs related to postsecondary, vocational, and adult education, as well as federal student aid. In addition, she leads efforts within the Department to expand opportunities for all Americans to undertake and afford a postsecondary education. For nine years prior to entering public service, Tucker was CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. Tucker is a pioneer in the business community, as well: in a sixteen-year career at AT&T, she was the first Latina to reach the company’s executive level, rising to the positions of vice president for consumer operations and regional vice president for global business communications systems. A holder of a BA in journalism and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, Tucker has served her alma mater as a member of the Commission of 125, a life member of the UT Development Board, and a member of the Chancellor’s Council. She is a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Hector De Leon is founder and managing partner of the Austin law firm of De Leon, Boggins & Icenogle, PC. He has served as president of Legal Aid of Central Texas and as chairman of the board of directors for the National Hispanic Institute, which prepares Latino high school students for higher education and community leadership. In addition to being a lifetime member of the University Development Board and former president of the Texas Exes, he has been an adjunct professor at the UT School of Law since 1990. He has also served on numerous university councils and committees, including the Commission of 125 and advisory councils in Education and Nursing. The Texas State Comptroller appointed him as co-chairman of the “e-Texas Commission,” an initiative to introduce Texas government to new technology. Hector De Leon received a bachelor of science degree from the University in 1970 and a law degree in 1973, and he served as UT Ombudsman from 1971-73.
Earnest F. Gloyna is professor emeritus of Civil Engineering and the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair in Environmental Health Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering. His leadership in engineering for the past 60 years has contributed to the growth and prestige of UT’s College of Engineering. He established two engineering centers at UT and served as their director –the Environmental and Health Engineering Laboratories (1954-70) and the Center for Water Resources (1963-73). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1970 and served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1970-87. Gloyna served as president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and as chairman of the Science Advisory Board for the EPA. He is the author or co-author of seven U.S. patents, three books, and more than 300 technical publications. Earnest Gloyna received his master's degree in civil engineering from the University in 1949 and was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992.
Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson was best known as first lady of the United States during her husband’s presidency and as an environmentalist whose national campaign for beautification led to the Highway Beautification Act of 1965. During her White House years she served as honorary chair of the National Head Start Program, which prepared underprivileged children for school. She was the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988. She founded the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982, which was later renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Mrs. Johnson received two degrees from The University of Texas at Austin – a bachelor of arts degree in 1933 and a bachelor of journalism degree in 1934. A recipient of the UT Distinguished Alumnus Award, she served on the UT System Board of Regents from 1971-77 and on the UT Centennial Commission in 1983. For more than 35 years, Lady Bird Johnson remained personally involved with the LBJ School of Public Affairs as an adviser, supporter, and living inspiration.
James B. Ayres is Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of English at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of the Pro Bene Meritis Award in Liberal Arts and the Civitatis Award for outstanding faculty citizenship. He has won several teaching awards, including the Harry. Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, and he was selected for membership in the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In 1970, he founded the Shakespeare at Winedale program in rural Round Top, Texas, to teach Shakespeare's plays through theatre performance. Ayres built UT's reputation for Shakespeare study by pioneering a teaching method that brought the plays to life for students who had never studied theatre or performed on stage. He has directed more than 100 productions of Shakespeare, and in 1998 he received international recognition when Shakespeare at Winedale was invited to perform at the newly reconstructed Globe Theatre in London. Every year, 13,000 students, tourists, teachers, and Shakespeare-lovers visit Winedale to attend the programs. Through a lifetime of service and dedication, he developed one of the University's most celebrated educational programs. James Ayres' Web Site
Bobby R. Inman is a retired admiral in the U.S. Navy and has had a distinguished career in public service, most notably as director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence. As interim dean of UT's LBJ School of Public Affairs, he was instrumental in creating the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and he also oversaw major revisions in the school's administrative and governance structure. He holds the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School and has also taught students at the UT School of Law and the McCombs School of Business. In the 1980s he helped to launch the high tech industry in Austin by establishing the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) and by nurturing a number of innovative start-up companies. He has served as chairman of the UT Development Board, as president of the Texas Exes alumni association, and as a member of the Commission of 125. Admiral Inman received a bachelor's degree in history from The University of Texas in 1950, and in 1985 he was awarded UT's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Bobby R. Inman's Web Site
E. C. George Sudarshan is an internationally acclaimed physicist who has made seminal contributions in areas related to quantum mechanics and particle theory. Notable among his contributions are the V-A Theory of Weak Interactions and the Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence, which laid the basic foundations for these topics and also predicted the existence of Tachyons, particles traveling faster than light, contrary to established wisdom. A faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin since 1969, he established and directed the Center for Particle Theory, which has helped to build the University's world renowned reputation in physics. In 2006, a George Sudarshan Festschrift Conference took place in Spain, where physicists from around the world gathered to honor him for his work. Also in 2006, a UT-sponsored international symposium focused on his contributions to science. He has published several books and more than 500 scientific papers, and he has won many prestigious awards, including the Padma Bhusan decoration from the government of India and membership in the American Physical Society and the Indian National Science Academy. He has been awarded honorary degrees from universities around the world. E. C. George Sudarshan's Web Site, Friends of George Sudarshan Web Site
William Cunningham served as president of The University of Texas at Austin from 1985-92 and as chancellor of The University of Texas System from 1992-2000. Prior to his presidency, he was dean of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business. He has been a member of The University of Texas faculty since 1971 and holds the James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise. Dr. Cunningham has won seven UT teaching awards and has published 11 books. During his tenure as president, he worked to shape campus policy and build consensus on issues regarding free speech, race relations, hazing, the quality of undergraduate education, enrollment management, and minority retention. He introduced the Preview Program to support the academic success of minority students at UT and he joined with Texas A&M to establish the University Outreach Program to prepare promising minority junior high and high school students for college-level work. One of the major academic advances during his presidency was the development of a molecular biology program and the financing of a $25 million laboratory and classroom building. In 1991, Dr. Cunningham created the Littlefield Society to recognize the University's most generous benefactors.
Frank Denius has been a passionate and effective champion of The University of Texas at Austin for more than 50 years. After distinguishing himself as one of the most highly decorated veterans of World War II, he entered UT and graduated in business and law in 1949. He is an attorney and director of the Southern Union Company and Chase Bank-Austin. He served as president of the Texas Exes from 1964-66, during the construction of the Alumni Center on campus, and contributed substantially to the expansion of the Center in the 1980s. His commitment to developing future leadership in Texas led him to endow the President's Leadership Awards. He has served on the UT Development Board, the Centennial Commission, the Campaign Executive Council of the We're Texas Campaign, the Commission of 125, and as chairman of the Leadership Austin Council. He is president of the Cain Foundation, which has generously funded the fine arts, athletics, and such areas as photojournalism and the Normandy Scholars Program. In 1991, Frank Denius received the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Because of his outstanding support of Longhorn athletics, the Frank Denius Fields are named in his honor, including the indoor football practice facility.
William S. Livingston was a senior vice president of The University of Texas at Austin and a political scientist who had been a UT faculty member since 1949. He served as vice president and dean of Graduate Studies from 1979-95, and in 1992-93 he also served as acting president of the University. Dr. Livingston was instrumental in establishing several prominent programs at UT, including the Michener Center for Writers, the Graduate Assembly, the Faculty Seminar on British Studies, the Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, and the Normandy Scholars Program. He served as chairman of the two committees that planned and developed the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is the author and editor of books and articles on federalism, democracy, and education. For his outstanding scholarship, campus leadership, and classroom popularity, he has received such distinctions as the Pro Bene Meritis Award, the Forty Acres Award, and the Award of Distinction from the UT Parents' Association. For 15 years, his voice was the voice of TEX -- the University's automated telephone services system. Dr. Livingston has been called "the conscience, the soul, the memory, the wit, and the wise elder statesman of this institution."
Red McCombs is the CEO of McCombs Enterprises in San Antonio and a supporter of several colleges at The University of Texas at Austin, especially the School of Business, which was named in his honor in 2000. After studying business and law at the University, he began his career as an automobile salesman and eventually owned 50 dealerships. He has also been a successful entrepreneur in real estate, energy, ranching, and radio. He co-founded Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which operates radio and television stations in 32 countries. In addition, he has owned a number of professional sports franchises, including the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Vikings. In 1997 he funded a new softball complex at UT, the largest gift in the history of Longhorn women's athletics. He enjoys interacting with students at the McCombs School of Business, and on several occasions he has addressed classes, offered career advice, and spoken at commencement ceremonies. In 1998 Red McCombs received the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Mike A. Myers has a long history of leadership and service at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned degrees from UT's School of Business and School of Law, and he is a major supporter of eight different UT schools and colleges, as well as Longhorn Athletics. A Dallas resident, he is chairman of the board and owner of Myers Financial Corporation, Myers Bancshares, Inc., and Myers Development Corporation, which has developed numerous residential communities that house more than 28,000 people today. He served on the University's Centennial Commission and the Commission of 125. He is co-founder of the Foundation for Texas Excellence Scholars, has served as president of the Texas Longhorn Education Foundation and chairman of UT Chancellor's Council, and is founder and partner of the UT Golf Club. Highly regarded for his dedication to students and their success at the University, he stays personally involved with those who benefit from his support. He received the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996 and was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 1998. The Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium is named in his honor.
J. Tinsley Oden is associate vice president for Research and the director of UT's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Prior to becoming the founding director of ICES in 2003, Dr. Oden was head of the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics for 10 years. He has been a member of the University of Texas faculty since 1973 and holds the Cockrell Family Regents' Chair in Engineering and the Peter O'Donnell, Jr., Centennial Chair in Computer Systems. Dr. Oden is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has published extensively in the field of computational mechanics and related areas. He is the author and editor of more than 700 scientific books, chapters, essays, articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his research, including three honorary doctorates and nine medals from institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Oden was a founding member and the first president of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. J. Tinsley Oden's Web site
Allen J. Bard is the Norman Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry and director of the Laboratory of Electrochemistry. For almost 20 years he was editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Chemical Society, the leading scientific journal in chemistry worldwide. In his 45 years at the University, he has written or co-authored three books, 703 scientific papers, and 73 book chapters. He has also edited 37 books. His book Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications (1980), which he co-authored with UT President Larry Faulkner, was named the most cited book in analytical chemistry, 1980-2000. Dr. Bard has also mentored 72 doctoral students and 119 postdoctoral associates, many of whom have attained careers as professors and leaders of universities in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Priestley Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Chemical Society. Allen Bard's Web site
Jack Blanton has helped to shape the history and future of The University of Texas at Austin through his service on the UT System Board of Regents and his wide-reaching support of University initiatives. He earned degrees in history and in law from UT Austin, and as an undergraduate he won the Southwest Conference tennis doubles championship in 1945. In tribute to his longstanding commitment to the University, he has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Santa Rita Award, a UT System-wide recognition. From 1987-89 he served as chairman of the Board of Regents. The new Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art bears his name. He has been an active civic and business leader, serving not only as chairman of the board of the Houston Endowment but also as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. He has spent his career in the oil business and is now president of Eddy Refining Company in Houston.
Bernard Rapoport has been a dedicated supporter of The University of Texas at Austin and the UT System for many years and is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. A UT graduate in economics, he served as chairman of the Board of Regents and was instrumental in the creation of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), which manages the University's financial assets. He has also served as a member of the LBJ School of Public Affairs Advisory Council, the LBJ School Foundation Board of Directors, and the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources. His philanthropy has established endowed chairs and professorships in various disciplines, and he is a major contributor to the College of Liberal Arts, the General Libraries, and the Blanton Museum of Art building fund. Early in his career, he founded American Income Life Insurance Company in Waco and today serves as its chairman emeritus.
William L. Fisher, holder of the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources in the Department of Geological Sciences, served as director of UT's Bureau of Economic Geology from 1970-94 and again in 1999. Under his direction, the Bureau was transformed into an internationally acclaimed research institution. As the Texas State Geologist, Dr. Fisher advised the governor, the legislature, and state regulatory agencies. He has been appointed as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy (1975-76) and Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals (1976-77). The author of 14 books and 200 articles, Dr. Fisher has served as department chairman, as the first director of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, and as president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. William Fisher's Web site
Bryce Jordan has distinguished himself in the administration of American higher education. He received degrees in music from The University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He returned to UT Austin to serve as professor and chairman of the Department of Music (1965-68), vice president for student affairs (1968-70), and president ad interim (1970-71). He was the founding president of The University of Texas at Dallas in 1971 and later joined the University of Texas System as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer for academic affairs (1981-83). He then became president of Penn State University, where he earned a national reputation as a leader in higher learning.
The late George Kozmetsky was a professor in the Management and Computer Science departments at UT Austin and holder of the Murray S. Johnson Chair in Economics and the IC2 E.D. Walker Centennial Fellowship. He served as executive associate for economic affairs in the University of Texas System and also as chairman of the advisory board and senior research fellow at the IC2 Institute. From 1966-82 he was dean of the UT College of Business Administration. An acknowledged expert in the development of high technology and venture capital, he co-founded Teledyne, Inc. and assisted in developing more than 100 technology-based companies. He was a spokesman for transforming the Texas economy from reliance on petroleum to the new economy of entrepreneurship and technology.
Peter T. Flawn, president emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin (1979-85), also served as the second president of The University of Texas at San Antonio (1973-77) and as director of UT's Bureau of Economic Geology (1960-70). His presidency of UT Austin marked a period of great advancement in the creation of endowed faculty chairs and in the work of the Centennial Commission (1983), which gave direction for the University's future. In 1997 he acted as president ad interim until President Larry Faulkner was chosen. Dr. Flawn has served as president of several professional societies, including the Geological Society of America and the American Geological Institute. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1978.
Harry J. Middleton served as director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library for more than 30 years. Under his leadership, the LBJ Library became the nation's preeminent presidential library and a great asset to the University. Mr. Middleton made the library a center for education and learning, as well as an accessible repository of research on the Johnson administration and the history of the United States during LBJ's era of public service. During Mr. Middleton's impressive career, he also worked as a reporter, editor, author, historian, and assistant to the president of the United States.
Larry E. Temple has been an active participant in the life of the University since his scholastic years in the UT School of Business and School of Law. In addition to more than 30 years in private law practice, he served as special counsel to President Lyndon Johnson and chief of staff to Texas Governor John Connally. Mr. Temple is a 1990 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also served on the University's Centennial Commission, the Advisory Council of the School of Social Work, as an instructor in the School of Law, as chairman of the University's Development Board, and as president of the Texas Exes.
John J. McKetta, holds the Joe C. Walter Jr. Chair Emeritus in Engineering. The son of a Ukrainian immigrant coal miner, Dr. McKetta worked his way through college as a bus driver, band leader, professional cook, and boxer. He joined the UT Austin faculty in 1946 and eventually became chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, dean of the College of Engineering, and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System. Dr. McKetta has also served as energy advisor to five U.S. presidents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of the Herbert Hoover Award from the U.S. Congress.
The late Elspeth D. Rostow was a professor of government and the Stiles Professor Emerita in American Studies. She and her husband, the late Walt Rostow, were active in the Kennedy and Johnson dministrations. In 1969 Professor Rostow joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin. An eloquent and dedicated teacher in the study of the U.S. presidency, the electoral process, and foreign policy, she served as dean of the Division of General and Comparative Studies from 1975-77 and as dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1977-83. She and her husband founded the Austin Project, a program in which local government and business cooperate to address urban problems such as poverty, education, and crime. Elspeth Rostow Remembered
At the time of his death in 1999, Américo Paredes was the Dickson, Allen, and Anderson Centennial Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and English. He taught literature, folklore, and creative writing at UT Austin from 1951 until his retirement in 1984. His influential folklore studies in the 1940s and 1950s lay the foundation for understanding the people and culture of the Lower Rio Grande Border, inspiring an entire generation of Mexican American scholars. Dr. Paredes was director of the Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Oral History and the first director of UT's Center for Mexican American Studies. In recognition of his lifelong contributions to literature and folklore, he was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities and also received the Orden del Aguila Azteca, Mexico's highest honor for scholars from other countries