Houston Endowment President To Serve As COBA Executive-In-Residence

September 11, 2009

SHSU Media Contacts: Julia May

Larry R. Faulkner

Larry R. Faulkner, president of Houston Endowment, and president emeritus of The

University of Texas at Austin, will address Sam Houston State University students, faculty and staff as the College of Business Administration's Executive-In-Residence on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Faulkner's presentation, "Earning Trust In A Big World," will be given at 9:30 a.m. in the Mafrige Auditorium of the Smith-Hutson Business Building.

He earned a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1966 and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1969 from The University of Texas at Austin.

Faulkner served on the chemistry faculties of Harvard University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Texas. At Illinois he was also head of the Department of Chemistry, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

In 1998, he returned to The University of Texas at Austin as the 27th president, and served into 2006. Faulkner became president of Houston Endowment Inc. in February 2006.

Faulkner has published more than 120 scientific papers and directed 40 doctoral theses. He has been recognized with the Electrochemical Society's Edward Goodrich Acheson Medal, the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry, the U.S. Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Materials Chemistry, and the Charles N. Reilly Award of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As president of The University of Texas at Austin, he oversaw a seven-year capital campaign that raised over $1.6 billion. He also appointed and supported the work of the ÒCommission of 125,Ó a citizens' group that provided guidance on the future of the university and its relationship to the public.

Other achievements include the development of the Blanton Museum of Art, the acquisition of the Suida-Manning Collection of European Art and the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate Archive, and the creation of scholarship programs that helped to restore UT's minority student enrollment.

He also served as chair of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel by designation of the President and the Secretary of Education. He also serves on the boards of Exxon Mobil and Temple-Inland. He was previously on the board of Sandia National Laboratories and chaired the Board of Trustees of Internet2 for a five-year period ending in 2007.


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