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2013

DEC Brigadier General Giovanni K. Tuck (United States Air Force and Texas State Alumnus))

 

AUG Belle S. Wheelan (President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)
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2012

DEC Dan Branch (Texas House of Representatives)

 

AUG H. S. "Buddy" Garcia (Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas)
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2011

DEC Admiral B. R. Inman, U. S. Navy (Ret.)

 

AUG Charles Amato (Chairman, The Texas State University System Board of Regents)
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2010

DEC Ron Blatchley (Regent, The Texas State University System)

 

AUG Dr. Brian McCall (Chancellor, The Texas State University System)

 

MAY Powers Boothe (Actor and Distinguished Alumnus)
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2009

DEC T. Boone Pickens (Founder and Chairman of BP Capital Mgmt)
  MAY Kay Bailey Hutchison (Senator, U.S. Senate)
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2008

DEC Michael Truncale (Regent, The Texas State University System)

 

AUG Judith Zaffirini (Senator, Texas State Senate)
  MAY Dale Wainwright (Justice, Texas Supreme Court)

2007

DEC

AUG

MAY
Lloyd Doggett (U.S. Congress)

Fred Heldenfels (Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc.)

Brian McCoy (CEO, McCoy Corporation)

2006

DEC

AUG

MAY
Patrick Rose (Texas House of Representatives)

Roger Williams (Texas Secretary of State)

John Cornyn (U.S. Senate)

2005

DEC

AUG

MAY
James Weitzul (Mitte Foundation Board of Directors)

Henry Cuellar (U.S. House of Representatives)

Charles Matthews (Chancellor, The Texas State University System)

2004

DEC

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MAY
John Beck (Dean, College of Education, Texas State)

James D. Bell (Piper Professor of Management, Texas State)
John Rice Carter (U.S. House of Representatives)
J. Dan Bates (CEO, Southwest Research Institute®)

Geoffrey S. Connor (Texas Secretary of State)
Gary V. Woods (President and CEO, McCombs Enterprises)
Shirley J. Neeley (Texas Commissioner of Education)

2003

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AUG

MAY
Lynn Tyson (Vice President, Investor Relations, Dell, Inc.)
Paul Cohen (Piper Professor of English, Texas State)
Eduardo Sanchez, MD (Texas Commissioner of Health)

Shelton Padgett (Distinguished Alumnus, Texas State)

Greg Abbott (Texas Attorney General)
Richard Boehm (Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair of Geographic Education, Texas State)   
Gene Stouder (Roy F. and Joanne Cole Mitte Endowed Chair of Semiconductor Manufacturing Education, Texas State)

2002

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AUG

MAY
Dr. Nancy Feyl Chavkin (Professor of Social Work, Texas State)
Charles R. Matthews (Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission)
Dr. James L. Sweatt III (Regent, The Texas State University System)

Denise Trauth (President, Texas State)

Jerome Supple (President, Texas State)


2001

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MAY
Sandra M. Mayo (Director, Multicultural and Gender Studies, Texas State)
Elizabeth T. Nash (Former Chairman, The Texas State University System Board of Regents)

Pamela P. Willeford (Chair, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)
Michael Hennessy (Professor of English, Texas State)

Margaret E. Dunn (Professor, Texas State)
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (Professor of English, University of Texas)
Richard Tankerson (President of Board of Directors, Carver Academy)

2000

DEC

AUG

MAY
Thomas Carter (Film Director, Alumnus of Texas State)

Henry R. Cuellar (Texas House of Representatives)

Gilbert M. Grosvenor (Former President, National Geographic Society)

1999

DEC


AUG

MAY
C. M. (Mark) Mellier-Smith (CEO, SEMATECH)
Jim Nelson (Texas Commissioner of Education)

Robert Junnell (Texas House of Representatives)

Jerome Supple (President, Texas State)

1998

DEC


AUG

MAY
Craig Vittitoe (Chairman, The Texas State University System Board of Regents)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (U.S. Senate)

James Appleberry (President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities)

Martha L. Brunson (Associate Dean, Texas State)

1997

DEC

AUG

MAY
Kenneth Armbrister (Texas State Senate)

Paulette Maehara (CEO, Epilepsy Foundation of America)

Thomas R. Phillips (Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court)

1996

DEC


AUG

MAY
Marcellus W. Alexander (Vice President & General Manager of WJZ-TV)
Greg Laughlin (U.S. House of Representatives)

Don Flores (Editor and Publisher, El Paso Times)

Kenneth Armbrister (Texas Senate)

1995

 DEC


AUG

MAY
Joseph R. Krier (Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and President, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce)

John T. Montford (Texas Senate)

John B. Roberts (CEO, Busch Entertainment)

1994

DEC

AUG

MAY
William P. Hobby (Lt. Governor, State of Texas)

Beverly Chiodo (Professor, Texas State)

Norman Hackerman (President Emeritus, Rice University)

1993

DEC

AUG

MAY
Greg Laughlin (U.S. House of Representatives)

Jerome H. Supple (President, Texas State)

G.W. Bailey (Actor, Graduating Senior at Texas State)

1992

DEC

AUG

MAY
Libby Linebarger (Texas House of Representatives)

Donald M. Carlton (President and Chairman of the Board, Radian Corporation)

John Sharp (Comptroller, State of Texas, and Alumnus of Texas State)

1991

DEC

AUG

MAY
Tom Luce (Chairman and CEO, First Southwest Company)

Lena Guerrera (Chair, Texas Railroad Commission)

General Robert Rutherford (Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force)

1990

DEC

AUG

MAY
Gonzalo Barrientos (Texas Senate)

Larry F. Wright (Vice President of Texas Operations, Dow Chemical)

Kenneth H. Ashworth (Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)

1989

DEC

AUG

MAY
Sheila Clark (Regent, The Texas State University System)

Michael Abbott (Executive Vice President, Texas State)

Jerome H. Supple (President, Texas State)

1988

DEC

AUG

MAY
Katherine Lowry (Regent, The Texas State University System)

De S. Johnson (Dean, College of General Studies, Texas State)

Jack L. Martin (Regent, The Texas State University System)

1987

DEC

AUG

MAY
Ann Richards (Treasurer, State of Texas)

Walton D. "Pete" Hardesty (Professor of Psychology, Texas State)

Hilary B. Doran, Jr. (Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, State of Texas)

1986

DEC

AUG

MAY
Ruben M. Escobedo (Chairman, The Texas State University System Board of Regents)

Patrick E. Cassidy (Professor of Chemistry, Texas State)

Emmie Craddock (Chairman, Texas 1986 Sesquicentennial Commission and Former Mayor of San Marcos)

1985

DEC

AUG

MAY
William. N. Kirby (Texas Commissioner of Education)

Alton G. Brieger (Professor of History, Texas State)

John B. Connally (Former Governor, State of Texas)

1984

DEC

AUG

MAY
Elspeth D. Rostow (Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin)

Walter Richter (Former Texas Senator)

J. J. "Jake" Pickle (U.S. House of Representatives)

1983

DEC

AUG

MAY
Larry E. Temple (Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)

Henry Cisneros (Mayor of San Antonio)

Mark White (Governor, State of Texas)

1982

DEC

AUG

MAY
Don Rains (Texas House of Representatives)

Wilhelmina Delco (Texas House of Representatives)

Harry J. Middleton (Director, LBJ Library)

1981

DEC

AUG

MAY
E. D. Walker (Chancellor, The University of Texas System)

Lee Smith (President, Texas State)

Don Rains (Texas House of Representatives)

1980

DEC

AUG

MAY
None

Pete Snelson (Texas Senate)

Emmie Craddock (Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program, Texas State)

1979

DEC

AUG

MAY
Don Rains (Texas House of Representatives)

J. J. "Jake" Pickle (U.S. House of Representatives)

Betty J. Kissler (Professor of History, Texas State)

1978

DEC

AUG

MAY
Ralph H. Houston (Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Texas State)

Warren G. Harding (Treasurer, State of Texas)

Sara Weddington (General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

1977

DEC

AUG

MAY
Kenneth H. Ashworth (Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)

Dolph Briscoe (Governor, State of Texas)

John L. Hill (Attorney General, State of Texas)

1976

DEC

AUG

MAY
M. L. Brockette (Texas Commissioner of Education)

Mark White (Secretary of State, State of Texas)

A. M. Aikin, Jr. (Texas Senate)

1975

DEC

AUG

MAY
W. Marvin Watson (President, Occidental International)

William P. Hobby (Lt. Governor, State of Texas)

Bob Krueger (U.S. House of Representatives)

1974

DEC

AUG

MAY
J. J. "Jake" Pickle (U.S. House of Representatives)

Lee H. Smith (President, Texas State)

Cecil O. Hahn (Professor of History, Texas State)

1973

DEC


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MAY
Wilburn W. Hurt (Director of Community Services, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)
John C. Stevens (President, Abilene Christian College)

Patrick H. Norwood (Professor of Education, Texas State)

John Poerner (U.S. House of Representatives)

1972

DEC

AUG

MAY
J. J. "Jake" Pickle (U.S. House of Representatives)

W. E. Norris, Jr. (Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Texas State)

Bryce Jordan (President, University of Texas at Dallas)

1971

AUG

MAY
Lyndon B. Johnson (Former U.S. President, Alumnus of Texas State)

Leland Derrick (Vice President, Texas State)

1970

AUG

MAY
Morris A. Fry (Professor, Texas State)

Robert A. Tampke (Professor of Philosophy, Texas State)

1969

MAY Roy Willbern (President, Texas State Alumni Association)