47th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala will honor the achievements of seven alumni
at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the E.H. Hereford University Center
UT Arlington Alumni Association also will recognize the achievements of
University President James D. Spaniolo with an honorary distinguished alumni
award. Spaniolo announced last summer that he will retire once The University
of Texas System Board
of Regents identifies a successor.
recognizes outstanding alumni for their individual achievements, contributions
to their industries or professions, service to their community and demonstrated
loyalty to The University of Texas at Arlington. The event also generates significant scholarship
funds for students.
For information about Gala tickets or sponsorships,
contact the association at 817-272-2594 or visit www.utaalumni.org.
The 2012 honorees are:
- Shirlee J. Gandy (’70) – president and owner of RPM Commercial in Fort Worth
- Pan “Baker” Jiang (’12) – vice president of hypermarket operations for Walmart China
- Charles H. Goodman (’64) – retired senior vice president for research and environmental
policy for the Southern Company in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala.
- David L. Hunn (’78,
’80, ’92) – chief scientist and
director of technical staff for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
- Curtis R. Kayem (’66) – president of
Tex-Isle Supply, Inc. Houston, a third-generation oilfield supply and
manufacturing company founded in 1959.
- Wayne Watts (’76) – senior executive vice president and
general counsel for AT&T, headquartered in Dallas.
- E. Dale Martin (’78)
– pediatric dentist and former
assistant regional counsel for the Social Security Administration and the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UT Arlington is a member of
the University’s Development Board. Gandy, and her husband, Taylor, recently
established of the Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy First Generation Scholarship
Program at UT Arlington.
is the 2012 University’s Distinguished International Alumnus. He earned an
executive master of business administration degree last spring. Jiang oversees
all 369 Walmart and Trustmart stores in 170 Chinese cities. The stores employ
more than 80,000 people serving about 700 million customers a year and generate
more than $8 billion annually in sales.
will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award and recognized for
his volunteer work with the Children’s Oral Health Coalition for Tarrant County
and with Arlington’s Boy Scout Troop 380. He is a member of the UT Arlington
College of Science Advisory Council and is a member of the UT Arlington Alumni
Association Board of Directors.
has served as UT Arlington president since 2004 and is credited for leading the
University through a period of accelerated growth and enhanced academic and
research activity. He has overseen development of the 20-acre College Park
District, including the 7,000-seat College Park Center, and expansion of
University research facilities.
M. Biggins (’75), a 2007 Distinguished Alumna, will be the master of
ceremonies. She is president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort
Worth and a 30-year veteran of health care. She was an assistant clinical
professor in hospital administration at UT Southwestern Medical Center at
Dallas for six years and is currently an adjunct faculty member at UT
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
more than 33,200 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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