The university’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have achieved prominence and made a significant impact on the lives of others through their profession, accomplishments, affiliations, and service to society and the University.
- All Years
2020 - 2030
2010 - 2020
2000 - 2010
1990 - 2000
1980 - 1990
- Bob R. CoveyR. Covey Bob2021
Retired vice president of Sales at American Alloy Steel. Past president of Texas State Alumni Association. Served on Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees and Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Pillar Society and Guardian Society.
- Gloria Campos BrownCampos BrownGloria2020
Journalism and Mass Communication `76
Retired award-winning news anchor for WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth. After her 40-year career, she remains a sought-after speaker and moderator, having moderated discussions with Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Jill Biden, Cynthia Nixon, and others.
- Carrie A. HurtA. Hurt Carrie2019
Mass Communication-Electronic Media, ‘87
President/CEO Better Business Bureau, Austin. Named the 2016 Best Small Business CEO by Austin Business Journal and was named a 2011 Woman of Influence by the Austin Business Journal.
- Ron MitchellMitchell Ron2016
Fine Arts and Communication `72
Ron served as vice chair of the Texas State System Board of Regents, a board member and vice chair of the Texas State System Foundation, and is a past president of the Alumni Association.
- Mary Rose BrownBrown Mary Rose2015
Minor in Journalism `79
Mary is a board member of the Center for Health Care Services, the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of San Antonio, and the San Antonio Parks Foundation.
- Veronica Muzquiz EdwardsMuzquiz Edwards Veronica2014
Journalism and Mass Communication `86
Founder and CEO of InGenesis a San Antonio-based company. She is a member of the Texas State University Board of Regents, World Affairs Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Virginia Ann StevensStevensVirginia Ann2013
Journalism and Mass Communication `72
Founding president of BioMed SA. Plays a key role in recruiting biomedical companies to San Antonio.
- Wayne OquinOquinWayne2009
Internationally recognized musician, composer and professor at The Juilliard School; has premiered original compositions in London, Moscow, Toronto, Tokyo, Vienna and Warsaw.
- Steven KembleKembleSteven2007
Journalism and Mass Communication `82
Solutions magazine Event Planner of the Year; International Special Event Society International Volunteer of the Year; Event Planners Hall of Fame.
- Tony DiesteDieste Tony2003
Journalism and Mass Communication `88
Chairman and co-founder of Dieste, Inc. Named one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the US by the American Advertising Federation, he is in their Hall of Achievement.
- James E. PolkE. Polk James2000
Austin Music Hall of Fame; known for his collaboration with Ray Charles for 10 years as an orchestra director and arranger.
- Eugene LeeLeeEugene1997
Stage, film and television actor; producer; playwright; plays produced at theaters throughout the United States and London.
- Dionicio “Don” FloresFlores Dionicio “Don”1994
Journalism and Mass Communication `73
One of the nation’s most respected Hispanic journalists; President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
- Marcellus W. Alexander, Jr.Alexander, Jr.Marcellus W.1994
Communication Studies `73
Executive vice president, Television for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and president, NAB Education Foundation; involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations.
- Chelcie RossRoss Chelcie1993
Character actor with 85+ movie/TV credits. His stage career spans 45 years on three continents. He is a recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award.
- Thomas CarterCarter Thomas1992
Three-time Emmy-winning director, actor and producer; received Directors’ Guild Award and George Foster Peabody Award.
- Don RainsRainsDon1981
Communication Studies `66
Served as a Texas State Representative for District 45; served in leadership roles in numerous civic organizations.