Since the inception of the award in 1959, only 192 of Texas State's over 165,000 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.
Congratulations to our 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:
Susan Angell-Gonzalez, ‘80
President/CEO, ShowMakers of America
Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Physical Education
San Marcos, TX
Mary Rose Brown, ‘79
Executive VP & Chief Administrative Officer, NuStar Energy L.P.
Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in English, Minor in Journalism
San Antonio, TX
Oliver del Cid, ‘95
Ambassador of Belize to Mexico
Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science
Canyon Lake, TX
Beth Guastella, ‘84
President/CEO, giggle, Inc.
Bachelor of Science in Home Economics with a Major in Fashion Merchandising
New York, NY
Rod Keller, Jr., ‘81
President, Segway, Inc.
Bachelor of Business Administration
The Honorable Nelva Gonzales Ramos, ’87
Federal District Court Judge, Southern District of Texas
Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Business Education
Corpus Christi, TX