Spring 2015 Honorary Degrees
Alan William Dreeben
On Thursday, May 14th at 2:00 p.m., an honorary doctoral degree will be awarded to Mr. Alan William Dreeben. He will receive the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
A remarkable supporter of higher education and Texas State University, Mr. Dreeben is a former chair of The Texas State University System Board of Regents and currently a director of The Texas State University System Foundation. Mr. Dreeben has become one of the foundation’s most generous supporters and has funded a number of initiatives, including the Grow Your Own Scholarship to increase faculty diversity and provide mentoring models for students.
Mr. Dreeben is a partner and member of the board of directors of Republic National Distributing Company, the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States, employing over 6,000 nationwide. He is a graduate of prestigious business programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University.
Mr. Dreeben has distinguished himself through leadership to benefit his community and industry. He has served as chairman of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, a member of the Texas Governor's Business Council, and a member of The Institute of Masters of Wine in North America.
Mr. Dreeben also contributes as an advisory director at Cullen Frost Bank, a member of the board of directors of Petroflow Energy Corporation, and a member of the advisory board of San Antonio Capital. His educational activities include positions with the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, and the University of the Incarnate Word.
Mr. Dreeben has been called upon to lead charitable efforts, including those for the American Cancer Society, the Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Center, Hospice of San Antonio, the Jewish Community Campus, Los Compadres, the McNay Art Museum, the Paseo del Rio Association, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Foundation, and the United Way. Mr. Dreeben was presented with the Chairman's Award from The Texas State University System, received the Ethics in Business Award from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and named "Man of the Year" by the New World Wine and Food Organization.
On Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m., an honorary doctoral degree will be awarded to Mr. Dionicio Flores. He will receive the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
A remarkable supporter of higher education and Texas State University, Mr. Flores is a former chair of The Texas State University System Board of Regents and a 1973 graduate of Texas State University. Mr. Flores is a recipient of the university’s distinguished alumnus award and was named to the university's School of Journalism and Mass Communication Hall of Fame in 2004. He is past president of the Texas State University Alumni Association and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Texas State University Development Foundation.
Mr. Flores is a former newspaper executive who presently serves as a media consultant. Until August 2008, he was executive vice president and editor of the El Paso Times in El Paso, Texas. He was president and publisher of the Iowa City Press-Citizen in Iowa City, Iowa, before moving to El Paso in 1993.
Mr. Flores has distinguished himself through leadership to benefit his community, his profession, and higher education. He served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, as a board member of the National Association of Minority Media Executives, as a member of the Task Force on Minorities of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, and as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has been recognized by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation.
His community involvement includes service on the boards of the Sun Bowl Association, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Border Fund, the United Way of El Paso, National Conference of Christians and Jews, El Paso Symphony Board of Trustees, and the YMCA of El Paso. Mr. Flores has been called upon to advise journalism programs at Texas State University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Texas Tech University, the University of Nebraska, Middle Tennessee State University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Texas at El Paso.