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Spring 2021 Honorary Degree Presentation

Mr. Robert Earl Maxwell

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., an honorary doctoral degree will be awarded to Mr. Robert Earl Maxwell. He will receive the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

A remarkable supporter of health science education programs in higher education and Texas State University, Mr. Maxwell was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. David's Foundation, which experienced tremendous growth during Mr. Maxwell's leadership and is now one of the 10 largest health charities in the country. He served the foundation as both CEO and a board member for 20 years.  

The foundation's grant program increased from $9 million to more than $82 million, annually during Mr. Maxwell’s tenure. The foundation supports health science education programs in the region, including Texas State's St. David's School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock, Concordia University Texas, Austin Community College, and Capital IDEA.

During the time Mr. Maxwell was a Board Member, Texas State received its first gift from the foundation of $6 million to establish the St. David’s School of Nursing. Under Mr. Maxwell’s leadership, that amount grew to an additional $10.1 million from the St. David's Foundation. This includes $2 million in 2013 to establish the first graduate program in the St. David's School of Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner; $5 million in 2015 to assist with the construction of Willow Hall, a health professions building on the Round Rock Campus; and $3.1 million in 2016 to establish two new master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Leadership and Administration in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The 2016 gift included $1 million for nursing scholarships. Overall, Texas State has received more than $16 million from the St. David’s Foundation.

Mr. Maxwell is also a founding member of the Austin Community College Foundation. In honor of his service to Austin Community College, the Earl Maxwell Endowment was established by the firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, an Austin-based, locally owned and managed accounting and consulting firm. The endowment provides scholarships to students with financial need pursuing degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Management, Management, or Marketing.

Mr. Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant. He was a founding partner of Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP. He has over 31 years in public accounting, including 14 years with the firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is the author of Service, Prosperity and Sanity.