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.

 Coming Soon: Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations


2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients



Kenneth R. Huewitt

BBA, Accounting, ‘85
Chief Financial Officer
Texas Southern University
Pearland, TX


Deborah J. Kissire

BBA, Accounting, '79
Retired Vice Chair, Regional Managing Partner
Ernst & Young L.L.P.
Dallas, TX


Michael P. McGaugh

BS, Chemistry, ‘95
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
BMC Stock Holdings, Inc.
Midland, MI


Michael Raiford

BBA, Computer Information Systems, '90
Vice President, FAB Factory Engineering
Samsung Austin Semiconductor
Austin, TX


Brig. Gen. Dana Simmons

BS, Criminal Justice, '77
Executive Vice President and CEO Chief of Staff, USAA
Brig. Gen., USAF (Retired)
La Vernia, TX

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