LBJ Ceremony

Distinguished Alumni

Since the inception of the award in 1959, only 198 of Texas State's over 170,000 alumni have been recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award.  The first award was presented to Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as thirty-sixth President of the United States of America.  To this day, Lyndon B. Johnson's legacy inspires excellence at Texas State University as it maintains the unique distinction of being the only university in Texas to have graduated a U.S. President.  The award honors its recipients and demonstrates the remarkable opportunities available at Texas State University.  Learn about all of the recipients in the Distinguished Alumni Yearbook.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


Scott Emerson

Business Administration, ‘75
Founder and CEO
The Emerson Group
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Ron Lynn Mitchell

Education, ‘72
Vice Chairman/President/CEO
Horseshoe Bay Resort
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Ernie W. Sadau

Hospital Administration, ‘85
President and CEO
CHRISTUS Health
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Diana McGinty Schick

Home Economics, ‘71
Founder, President, and CEO
Creative Living International
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Jim West

Political Science, ‘77
President
JET Maintenance, Inc., Capital Star Oil & Gas, and AW Trucking
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Marvin Whiteley

Biology, ‘97
Professor, Molecular Biosciences and Director of the John R. LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease
UT Austin