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The Pro Bene Meritis award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, or who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to expressing appreciation to those distinguished individuals so honored, the College of Liberal Arts, through this award, is seeking to heighten public awareness of the critical role played by the liberal arts in education and society today.

The award is presented annually at a dinner in the fall. The alumni, faculty, students and staff of the college take pride in these individuals and the legacy of their character and achievements.

College of Liberal Arts

Pro Bene Meritis Award

The Pro Bene Meritis award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, or who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to expressing appreciation to those distinguished individuals so honored, the College of Liberal Arts, through this award, is seeking to heighten public awareness of the critical role played by the liberal arts in education and society today.

The award is presented annually at a dinner in the fall. The alumni, faculty, students and staff of the college take pride in these individuals and the legacy of their character and achievements.

2020 Recipients

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Jacqueline Jones, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Jones, Ph.D. is the Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical (2017), and A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America(2013). A Dreadful Deceit and Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present(25th Anniversary Edition, 2010) were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize; Labor of Love won the Bancroft Prize for 1986. Her other works include Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War, 1854-1872 (2008); Creek Walking: Growing Up in Delaware in the 1950s (2001); A Social History of the Laboring Classes from Colonial Times to the Present (1999); American Work: Four Centuries of Black and White Labor (1998); The Dispossessed: America’s Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present(1993); and Soldiers of Light and Love: Northern Teachers and Georgia Blacks, 1865-1873 (1992). She has won numerous grants and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1999-2004). She served as Vice President for the Professional Division of the American Historical Association from 2011 to 2014, and beginning in 2020 will serve as AHA’s President-Elect. Her current project is a study of the African American community in Boston during the Civil War era. She has served as Chair of the History Department since 2014.

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Jason S. Lamin

Jason S. Lamin is the Founder of Lenox Park Solutions and oversees all aspects of the firm. Before founding Lenox Park, Jason was a Director in Merrill Lynch’s Fixed Income Structured Credit group in New York. In that role, Jason was instrumental to Asset Management due diligence for a highly selective Investor base. He began his career in Investment Banking working on M&A transactions for Financial Institutions, then helped launch a start-up group in London focused on deepening Merrill Lynch’s most lucrative institutional client relationships. Jason graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Economics and was a member of the prestigious organization, The Texas Cowboys. He now serves on the advisory boards for the Department of Economics and the Department of Black Studies. Jason is an active member of the United Nations Private Sector Forum, where he has served as Co-Chair of the Private Sector Working Group for the 10th principle UN’s Global Compact – Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption; and delivered keynote speeches to the General Assembly on matters relating to Capital Access and Infrastructure Investing on the Continent of Africa. In 2008, Jason founded Nyawa Funding Group, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve living standards in Sierra Leone.

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Stuart W. Stedman

Stuart W. Stedman is the president of Stedman West Interests, Inc., a family investment office that manages the assets of the Stedman West family. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he received a B.A. in Plan II (1979), a J.D. (1985), and an M.B.A (1985). Stuart serves on the Advisory Board of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and has been involved in wildlife research and conservation for many years. He has supported and designed numerous research projects focused on the white-tailed deer and has written numerous articles on white-tailed deer management. He received the Texas Outdoorsman of the Year award in 2009, the DAR Conservation Committee award in 2012, and the Harvey Weill Sportsman Conservationist of the Year award in 2014. He is also the past chairman of Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief committee. In March 2016, Stuart was appointed to a three-year term on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Greg Abbott. Stuart served as the Chair of the Liberal Arts Advisory Council (2017-2019), and he is member of the University of Texas Development Board and the Blanton Museum’s National Leadership Board. He is also a member of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute board of directors in Houston. Mr. Stedman formerly served as a trustee of the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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Michael B. Stoff, Ph.D.

Michael B. Stoff, Ph.D. received his B.A. from Rutgers College and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is currently Associate Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor and an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. He was the director of the nationally acclaimed Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin from 2006-2017. He is the author of Oil, War and American Security, co-editor of The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age, series co-editor of The Oxford New Narratives in American History and co-author of five American history textbooks. He has been honored many times for his teaching, including the UT system-wide Regents Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012. In 2015, he was recognized for his contributions with induction into the Philosophical Society of Texas. In 2012, The Michael B. Stoff Plan II Excellence Endowment was created by students, professors, and alumni in honor of his 11 years as Director of the Plan II Honors Program. Dr. Stoff is currently working on a book about Nagasaki and the meaning of the atomic bomb.

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Inaugural Dean’s Pro Bene Meritis Award Recipients:

Randy and Mary Diehl

Please nominate distinguished alumni, faculty members, and friends of the College of Liberal Arts for the Pro Bene Meritis award. New this year, the College of Liberal Arts will also recognize a young alumnus/a who has been successful in his or her field and who has demonstrated interest and loyalty to the College of Liberal Arts.

NOTE: The Nomination Period is now closed.

Criteria and Procedures

To nominate someone, please review the criteria and then complete the form.

  1. Nominees should be persons who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen business, profession or life's work or in their service to society. See a list of past recipients.
  2. Nominees should be committed to the liberal arts, having made outstanding contributions by their scholarship, philanthropy or service to the College.
  3. Winners must be persons willing to participate in the award ceremony and in future activities with the College of Liberal Arts.
  4. Nominations of two or more people for a single award are accepted; however, the selection committee may choose to present an award to only one of the nominees.
  5. Members of the Pro Bene Meritis Award Selection Committee are not eligible for the award.
  6. Nominations will be kept on file for five years and an award may be presented at any time within that period.
  7. Posthumous nominations are accepted. In such cases, please provide a contact person and indicate that person's relationship to the deceased.
  8. Those nominated for the young alumnus/a award should have received a degree from the College of Liberal Arts and be under the age of 45 by September 30, 2016.

Submit your nomination online or download the form and mail, fax, or email it to:

Molly Thompson
College of Liberal Arts
116 Inner Campus Drive, GEB 4.308,
Stop G6300
Austin, TX 78712
 

Harry H. Ransom, Ph.D. - 1984

Mr. C. B. Smith, Sr. - 1984

Mrs. Sue Spivey Killam - 1985

Mr. Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. - 1985

Stanley R. Ross, Ph.D. - 1985

Rev. Everett H. Jones - 1986

Mr. Lenoir M. Josey II - 1986

Mr. Willis W. Pratt - 1986

Mrs. Annette G. Strauss - 1986

Robert and Nancy Dedman - 1987

Winfred P. Lehmann, Ph.D. - 1987

Clarence and Henriette Cline - 1988

Bernard and Audre Rapoport - 1988

Archibald A. Hill, Ph.D. - 1989

Wolfgang and Marian Michael - 1989

Walt and Elspeth Rostow - 1989

Nettie L. Benson, Ph.D. - 1990

Robert D. King, Ph.D. - 1990

Charles and Sarah Seay - 1990

Mr. Morton H. Meyerson - 1991

Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Temple - 1991

Baine and Mildred Kerr - 1992

William S. Livingston, Ph.D. - 1992

S. Chad Oliver, Ph.D. - 1992

Margaret C. Berry, Ph.D. - 1993

Mrs. Liz Carpenter - 1993

Ira Iscoe, Ph.D. - 1993

James R. Roach, Ph.D. - 1993

Warner J. Barnes, Ph.D. - 1994

James and Mari Michener - 1994

The Honorable J. J. Pickle - 1994

Walter I. Firey, Jr., Ph.D. - 1995

Edwin and Rebecca Gale - 1995

James L. Kinneavy, Ph.D. - 1995

Robert A. Divine, Ph.D. - 1996

Mr. William B. Hilgers - 1996

William O. S. Sutherland, Ph.D. - 1996

Lucy S. Meritt, Ph.D. - 1997

John R. Silber, Ph.D. - 1997

Stanley N. Werbow, Ph.D. - 1997

James T. Willerson, M.D. - 1997

Mr. Rex G. Baker, Jr. - 1998

Wales and Abby Madden, Jr. - 1998

Americo Paredes, Ph.D. - 1998

Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Ph.D. - 1999

Mr. Gordon Appleman - 2000

James B. Ayres, Ph.D. - 2000

Mrs. Ann B. Brinkerhoff - 2001

W. Roger Louis, D.Phil. - 2001

Ms. Barbara M. Myers - 2001

Mrs. Sandra E. Snyder - 2001

Mr. Creekmore Fath - 2002

William Goetzmann, Ph.D. - 2002

James W. McKie, Ph.D. - 2002

Paul B. Woodruff, Ph.D. - 2002

Elizabeth Fernea, Ph.D. - 2003

Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D. - 2003

Joe and Terry Long - 2003

Charls Walker, Ph.D. - 2003

Mrs. Carrin Patman - 2004

Bernth O. Lindfors, Ph.D. - 2004

John R. Trimble, Ph.D. - 2004

Robert Helmreich, Ph.D. - 2005

Shannon Ratliff - 2005

Prudence Mackintosh - 2005

Larry D. Carver, Ph.D. - 2006

Miguel Gonzalez-Gerth, Ph.D - 2006

Denton Cooley, M.D - 2007

David Oshinsky, Ph.D. - 2007

Robert Solomon, Ph.D. - 2007

Julius Glickman - 2008

Judith Langlois, Ph.D. - 2008

Lynn Schusterman - 2008

Tom Staley, Ph.D. - 2008

Leslie D. Blanton - 2009

Maureen H. Decherd - 2009

Sidney Monas, Ph.D. - 2009

Frances B. Vick - 2009

Frank Denius - 2010

W. Parker Frisbie, Ph.D. - 2010

Ellen Clarke Temple - 2010

Martin W. Dies III - 2011

Austin Ligon - 2011

Howard Miller, Ph.D. - 2011

Carolyn and Peyton Townsend - 2011

H.W. Brands, Ph.D. - 2012

Thomas M. Cable, Ph.D. - 2012

O. Howard Frazier, M.D. - 2012

Michael L. Gillette, Ph.D. - 2012

The Honorable Ben Barnes - 2013

Toyin Falola, Ph.D. - 2013

Jeanne and Michael Klein - 2013

Marion Mark, Ed.D. - 2013

Robert Henry Dedman, Jr. - 2014

James Garrison, Ph.D. - 2014

Judith W. Perkins - 2014

Peggy Beckham - 2015

Austin Gleeson, Ph.D. - 2015

Bill Powers - 2015

Stephen Ballantyne - 2016

Elizabeth Cullingford, Ph.D. - 2016

Max Miller, Ph.D. and Sylvia Miller - 2016

Edmund T. Gordon - 2017

Robert L. Patton, Jr. - 2017

Keith D. Sharman - 2017

Bianna Golodryga - 2018

Richard Harper, M.D. - 2018

Jeremi Suri, Ph.D - 2018

Sara C. Bronin - 2019

Dr. Brian Levack - 2019

J. Thomas Ward - 2019

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