The 48th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala will honor the
achievements of seven alumni at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the E.H.
Hereford University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom.
Tickets and sponsorships are available through the UT
Arlington Alumni Association. Proceeds support scholarships for UT Arlington
students. Visit www.utaalumni.org for more information or call 817-272-2594.
Honorees include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who earned
a bachelor’s degree in biology from UT Arlington in 1972. Price served as
Tarrant County Tax Assessor for 11 years before being elected mayor in 2011.
She has been credited with promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting
crime and improving mobility during her tenure.
An avid bicyclist, Mayor Price helped organize FitWorth, a
citywide initiative to encourage active lifestyles and healthy habits in
children and adults. She also has championed responsible and sustainable cuts
to balance the city’s $1.2 billion budget and advocated changes to the pension
plan to protect taxpayers and stabilize the fund.
Other 2013 distinguished alumni honorees are:
A. Beckwith (M.S., Accounting, ’94) – Chief financial officer and senior
vice president of international operations for Justin Brands.
Bhikshesvaran (M.S., Electrical Engineering, ’95) – Chief marketing officer for
L.M. Ericsson Group.
White Bryson (B.S., Architecture, ’84) –
Associate vice president for facilities engineering and planning at Rice
L. Crandell (M.S., Chemistry, ’87) – Co-founder
and managing director of ARCH Venture Partners, a 27-year-old seed and
early-stage venture capital partnership.
Lee, (B.A., Political Science, ’76) – Assistant
general counsel, global litigation for ExxonMobil and a member of the Law
Department Management Committee.
A. Leuschel, (B.A., Political Science, ’77) – Partner in the Dallas office of McCall, Parkhurst & Horton
L.L.P., representing clients in municipal finance transactions in Texas and
The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1965, is
the highest honor given by the University and the University of Texas at Arlington
Alumni Association. The awards honor individual achievements, contributions to
industry or profession, community service and demonstrated loyalty to UT
Dr. Ignacio Nuñez’s (B.A.,
Biology, ’75), a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus, will be the master of ceremonies
for the 2013 event. Nunez is an obstetrician and gynecologist with Family
Healthcare Associates in Arlington and a 30-year veteran of health care. He is
a past president of the Fort Worth OB-GYN Society, and member of the Tarrant
County Medical Society and other prominent health organizations.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive
research institution of more than 33,300 students and more than 2,200 faculty
members in the heart of North Texas. It is the second largest institution in
The University of Texas System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.