Texas State University is proud to announce the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Recipients and the Inaugural class of the Young Alumni Rising Star Award recipients. 

Among these inspiring alumni are CEOs, presidents of prominent companies, professors, engineers, and recognized psychologist and healthcare executives. These graduates walk in the company of excellence and have demonstrated innovation, success and service, which help positively shape our university and our communities.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Scott Emerson
Business Administration, ‘75
Founder and CEO of The Emerson Group
Philadelphia, PA

Ron Lynn Mitchell
Education, ‘72
Vice Chairman/President/CEO Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay, TX

Ernie W. Sadau
Hospital Administration, ‘85
Southlake, TX

Diana McGinty Schick
Home Economics, ‘71
Founder, President and CEO of Creative Living International
Reston, VA

Jim West
Political Science, ‘77
President, JET Maintenance, Inc., Capital Star Oil & Gas, and AW Trucking
Victoria, TX

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

2016 Young Alumni Rising Star Award Recipients

Robert E. Bardwell, II
Physics, ‘00
Propulsion Engineer – 737 Max Program, and Weights and Mass Properties Engineer – Space Launch Systems, Boeing
Madison, AL

Lindsay Bira
Psychology, ‘08
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio 
*Program - STRONG STAR (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resiliency) and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD
San Antonio, TX

Eric S. Weaver
Clinical Laboratory Science, ’00; Masters of Healthcare Administration, ‘05; Graduate Certificate in Health Information Management, ‘11
President, Central Texas Market, Innovista Health Solutions   
Austin, TX

We hope you will join us as we celebrate Texas State and honor these outstanding individuals this fall at the Distinguished Alumni Gala on Friday, October 21, during Homecoming weekend.



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