ARLINGTON - Mike Greene had heard about a new engineering program at Arlington
State College as a student at Saginaw’s Boswell High School in the early 1960s.
He had always dreamed of becoming an engineer and Arlington was
close to home.
“It turned out to be a great experience,” he said.
Greene earned his mechanical engineering degree from The
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington State College’s successor, in 1969.
He eventually rose to become vice chairman of Energy Future Holdings, formerly
TXU. After holding various leadership positions within the company, including CEO
of Luminant and president of Oncor, he retired from Energy Future Holdings in
June 2010 after 46 years with the company.
Now Greene and his wife, Janet, say they want to give back to his
alma mater. They have created a new College
of Engineering endowment that over time will equal $1 million through the Maverick Match program.
The program pairs University natural gas royalties with new endowment
commitments for maximum impact.
“We want to give back to the university that helped me, and we
hope it serves as an example to others,” Greene said. “I was fortunate to
attend a great engineering school and get an education that helped me
throughout my career with Energy Future Holdings. Now, Janet and I have the
ability to give back, and we want to.”
The gift comes as UT Arlington is laying the groundwork for what
will become its first comprehensive campaign to raise private philanthropic
support for endowment, capital projects and program support, said Jim Lewis,
vice president for development.
UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said the Greenes’ gift is
the kind of commitment that will continue to propel the University along its
mission of becoming a national research
“Mike has become a standard-bearer for the success that is
possible for our students and alumni,” Spaniolo said. “But it is his generosity
and active involvement in helping shape UT Arlington’s future that we treasure most.”
Greene’s involvement at UT Arlington hasn’t waned through the
years. He serves on the University’s Development Board and is on the College of
Engineering Advisory Board. Greene was honored in 2004 as a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus.
“Now is a particularly important time to be involved in higher
education,” Greene said. “With the budget constraints happening in Austin, now
is the right time to give.”
Lewis said the Greene gift paves the way for other alumni to make
“When someone of Mike Greene’s stature in the community makes a
leadership commitment like this, it naturally influences others to think about
The University of Texas at Arlington,” Lewis said. “We are grateful for Mike and Janet’s
generosity and the example they set for other alumni and friends of the University.”
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