AUSTIN, Texas –Edmund T. Gordon, chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts, was recognized on April 17 with a Presidential Citation from UT Austin President Bill Powers.
Others receiving the citation were James Mulva, former president, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, and his wife Miriam Mulva, who are noted philanthropists and major donors to the university and to the College of Liberal Arts; Charles W. Matthews Jr., former vice president and general counsel at ExxonMobil; and Shannon Ratliff, a leading attorney and former member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
“Ted, Charles, Jim and Miriam, and Shannon are among the best friends The University of Texas has ever had,” said Powers. “I’m proud both of their career achievements and their devotion to the university, and it’s my privilege to honor them with our highest award.”
Gordon is also an associate professor of African and African diaspora studies and anthropology of the African diaspora at UT Austin. In addition, he has been associate vice president of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and director of the Center for African and African American Studies at the university. His interests include culture and power in the African diaspora, gender studies, critical race theory, race education and the racial economy of space and resources.
Because the university does not offer honorary degrees, the Presidential Citation was created in 1979 to recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the university's commitment to transforming lives. The citations salute those whose service exemplifies the values shared by the university community.