Linda L. Addison
BA ’73, JD ’76, Life Member, is the global head of dispute resolution and litigation at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she also serves on the Global Executive Committee and the U. S. Management Committee. She has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” and one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York.” A founder and president of the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, Addison was the first female managing editor of the Texas Law Review.
Charles D. Fraser, Jr.
BA ’80, Life Member, is a pediatric heart surgeon and surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he pioneered the first artificial heart specialized for newborns. Fraser is also a professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He has performed more than 10,000 surgeries on infants, children, and adults with life-threatening heart conditions.
Wallace B. Jefferson
JD ’88, was the first African-American chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He serves on the Council of the American Law Institute and as a member of the board of the American Bar Foundation. Before his appointment to the state Supreme Court, Jefferson worked in private practice in San Antonio. He has served as president of the Conference of Chief Justices, an association of chief justices from the 50 U.S. states and territories.
BA ’76, JD ’79, Life Member, is a partner in the firm of Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall. As chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, she oversees the second-busiest port in the United States. She is a former vice chairman of the UT System Board of Regents and a founder of the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law.
Robert B. Rowling
BBA ’76, Life Member, is Chief Executive Officer of TRT Holdings, Inc. He is an investor and philanthropist who has also served on the UT System Board of Regents and has chaired the UT Investment Management Company. The McCombs’ School of Business new graduate building will be named Rowling Hall in his honor.
James J. Truchard
BS ’64, MA ’67, PhD ’74, Life Member, leads one of the United States’ most successful tech companies, National Instruments. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and has been recognized with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his community involvement.
Bush is former First Lady of the United States. For decades, Mrs. Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care and human rights. Mrs. Bush is the founder of the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Laura Bush Acceptance Speech
BA '62, LLB '66
Glickman, a Texas Exes Life Member of Houston, is a philanthropist and attorney. A UT Plan II graduate, Glickman has chaired the Development Board and the Chancellor's Council.
Julius Glickman Acceptance Speech
Matthews, a Texas Exes Life Member of Dallas, is the retired vice president and general counsel of ExxonMobil Corp and the 2012-2013 President-elect of the Texas Exes board of directors.
Charles Matthews Acceptance Speech
Admiral William McRaven
McRaven is the ninth commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The most senior SEAL in the U.S. Navy, McRaven studied journalism at UT.
MacDill Air Force Base, FL
William McRaven Acceptance Speech
Perrin, a Texas Exes Life Member, is a Houston civic leader and health care advocate. Perrin has chaired the UT Development Board and the Chancellor's Council. She was also a driving force behind the founding of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education.
Melinda Perrin Acceptance Speech
BS '68, MS '70
Ruiz, a Texas Exes Life Member of Austin, is president and CEO of Bull Ventures. Ruiz is an education advocate who has served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, among many other volunteer positions.
Hector Ruiz Acceptance Speech
Mr. John W. Barnhill, Jr.
BJ 1959, College of Communication
Retired Executive Vice President of Blue Bell Creameries and
Former Member of the UT Board of Regents
Mr. I. Jon Brumley
BBA 1961, McCombs School of Business
Chairman & CEO of Bounty Investments, LP
Fort Worth, TX
Ms. Jane Chesnutt
BJ 1973, College of Communication
Former Editor-in-Chief of Woman’s Day magazine, Activist and Volunteer
New York, NY
Mr. James R. Huffines
BBA 1973, McCombs School of Business
President & COO of PlainsCapital Corporation and Former Chairman of the UT Board of Regents
Mr. Jodie L. Jiles
MPA 1979, McCombs School of Business
Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets, LLC
The Honorable Pamela Pitzer WillefoBA 1972, College of Liberal Arts
Former United States Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein