Veronica Stidvent, a lecturer in McCombs new Department of Business, Government and Society and program director of the Hispanic Leadership Initiative, was chosen one of four 2011 Outstanding Young Texas Exes award winners. The award will be given during spring commencement in May 2011 and recognizes four Texas Exes under the age of 40 who have made significant achievements in their careers and in service to The University of Texas at Austin.
Stidvent has a long history of service to the university and the Exes. Prior to joining the McCombs School, she was the first director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Stidvent is currently an at-large representative to the Texas Exes Council, chairs the Hispanic Alumni Steering Committee for the Exes and sits on the Board of Directors for The Texas Exes Scholarship Foundation. She also served on The University of Texas Commission of 125, a group of citizens convened to express a vision of how the university can best serve Texas and the society for the next 25 years.
Stidvent earned her bachelor's degree in the Plan II Honors Program at UT Austin and her law degree at Yale. Before returning to the university, she worked in the White House as a special assistant to the president for policy and as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.