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George Pickett


George Pickett and his wife, Elizabeth, have long supported higher education. The Atlanta couple established scholarships at Duke University, her alma mater, and at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. “It was time to do something for UTA,” says George, who earned his degree in industrial engineering in 1967. “I’ve always had fond memories and been appreciative for what the school did for me.” After graduation, he landed a job at regional carrier Southern Airlines, rising from maintenance reliability engineer to head of marketing. He went on to help found Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 1979, serving as its chairman and chief executive officer. UT Arlington named Pickett a Distinguished Alumnus in 2003. The couple’s generosity has helped establish the George and Elizabeth Pickett Professorship. It is the first endowed professorship for the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department in the College of Engineering. “We are pleased to be able to give back,” George says. “The education I received there has been very beneficial to me, and this can make it an even better school.”