From time to time, there emerges an individual who was not a student at the University of Texas at Austin whose service makes a profound and positive difference to the university. In recognition of this remarkable service, the Texas Exes may, by consensus of its past presidents, present a special award in conjunction with the annual Distinguished Alumnus Awards. The merit of the award is defined by the quality and stature of recipients, and is not routinely awarded.

2019 Recipient

William H. Cunningham, Life Member

William H. Cunningham, Life Member, holds the James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches corporate governance at McCombs School of Business and the Law School. Cunningham served as Chancellor of The University of Texas System, President of The University of Texas at Austin, and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Business, which is now named McCombs School of Business. He received his BBA, MBA, and PhD degrees from Michigan State University. His most recent book is The Texas Way: Money, Power, Politics and Ambition at The University.




William Powers, Jr., Life Member

Former president of The University of Texas


Jody Conradt 

Former Head Coach of Women's Basketball Team, Former Women's Athletics Director, Texas Longhorns


DeLoss Dodds 

Former Men's Athletics Director, Texas Longhorns


Darrell K Royal 

Former Head Football Coach, Texas Longhorns


Elspeth Davies Rostow 

Professor Emerita in American Studies, Professor and former Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs


Peter O'Donnell 

President, O'Donnell Foundation


Wiliam S. Livingston 

Senior Vice President, the University of Texas at Austin


Peter Flawn 

President Emeritus, the University of Texas at Austin