College of Liberal Arts

Pro Bene Meritis Award

PBM Award

The Pro Bene Meritis award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, or who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to expressing appreciation to those distinguished individuals so honored, the College of Liberal Arts, through this award, is seeking to heighten public awareness of the critical role played by the liberal arts in education and society today.

The award is presented annually at a dinner in the spring. The alumni, faculty, students and staff of the college take pride in these individuals and the legacy of their character and achievements.


Nominations for the 2015 Pro Bene Meritis award closed on January 9, 2015. Winners of this year's award have been notified and will be announced soon.

2014 Pro Bene Meritis Award Recipients

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 the College of Liberal Arts awarded its highest accolade, the Pro Bene Meritis award, to three honorees at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas campus.

Bob Dedman

Robert Henry Dedman, Jr. is president and CEO of DFI Management, Ltd. and General Partner of Putterboy, Ltd. Mr. Dedman received his BA in Economics from UT Austin in 1979. He went on to get both an MBA and JD from SMU. He is a steadfast supporter of liberal arts students through the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Program, a four-year, merit-based scholarship program that has funded 132 outstanding scholars at UT Austin since 1989. As president of the Dedman Foundation, his contributions have allowed the university to compete with elite private universities and the best public universities to attract the brightest and most ambitious students in the country.

Jim Garrison

James Garrison, is the Archibald A. Hill Regents Professor in American and English Literature and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at UT Austin. Garrison served as former chair of the Department of English, and is known for his dedication to the university and student success. He is author if numerous publications, including two books on the poetry of John Dryden.

Judy Perkins

Judith Perkins is a longtime supporter and ambassador of the College of Liberal Arts. She serves as an active and passionate member of the College of Liberal Arts Development Council, the Liberal Arts Honors Campaign Committee and has been a driving force in support of the Shakespeare at Winedale Program. 

Click here for a list of all Past Recipients