Faces of Impact

In honor of The University of Texas at Dallas’ 50th anniversary, we’re highlighting the people who have helped blaze the path for UT Dallas’ bright future throughout the academic year.

Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 and Chuck Davidson MS’80

Longtime alumni supporters whose gifts have transformed UT Dallas.

Elizabeth Ann Graves BA’83 and Mike Redeker MBA’97, MA’01

A family of alumni sustaining UT Dallas’ momentum across generations.

Sara and David Martineau

Devoted advocates of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders and the University.

Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Benevolent University partners who have championed the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

Bill Booziotis

A civic leader and longtime champion of UT Dallas and the Center for Vital Longevity.

Sallie Asche

A staunch supporter of UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity and founding member of its advisory council.

Ron Nash MS’79

Entrepreneur and tech industry veteran helping to steer UT Dallas’ future.

Mike Brodie BS’76

An industry leader who continues to serve the community and his alma mater.

Anchi Ku BS'81

An alumna dedicated to serving her alma mater and the international community.

John McCaa PhD'15

A beloved local news anchor who came to UTD to explore the relationship between history, mass media and society.

Rufus Green MBA'96

This UT Dallas alumnus and accomplished urologist was the first physician to graduate from the University’s executive MBA program.

Franklyn Jenifer

His leadership transformed UTD through increased enrollment, new academic and athletic facilities, and expanded recognition.

Gigi Edwards Bryant MBA'02

After overcoming an incredibly turbulent childhood, this businesswoman and civic leader now works to empower others.

The Barrett Family

Gifted to UTD, this family's Swiss art collection is the largest gift of art made to any UT System institution.

Gabriel Dawe MFA'11

The work of this world-renown installation artist is helping to put UT Dallas on the map as a school of the arts.

The Crow Family

An unprecedented gift of art from the Trammell and Margaret Crow family is shaping a new era for the arts at UT Dallas.

Aaron Aryanpur BA'00

Through the creation the UTD mascot, this alumnus encapsulated the campus’ unique personality for generations to come.

Frank and Maurine Johnson

UT Dallas’ original “first family” made the largest planned gift in University history.

Robert Rutford

The University’s second president oversaw UT Dallas’ expansion into a four-year institution.

Jerry Comer MS'77

A dedicated alumnus whose passion for photography continues to enrich the University experience.

Satyajit P. Doctor MS'91

A distinguished alumnus with a passion to develop the next generations on scientists and entrepreneurs.

Maureen Steiner PhD'74

A pioneer in paleomagnetism and geomagnetism, Steiner was the first woman to receive a PhD from UT Dallas.

Jennifer and Peter Roberts

Friends of BrainHealth who facilitate groundbreaking research and treatments to improve brain performance.

Philip and Diane Jonsson

With a direct connection to UTD's roots, this second generation of leaders continue to drive the University’s founding vision.

James Carter

A pioneering geoscientist and one of UT Dallas’ longest-tenured professors who paved the way for space exploration and student success.

JoHanna Martinez BA'15

A UT Dallas alumna and veteran working to usher more veterans into the workforce at AT&T.

Texas Instruments

Connected since UT Dallas' inception, this corporation remains committed to driving research and innovation.

Margaret McDermott

Through visionary leadership and support, the University's pre-eminent private benefactor helped transform UT Dallas.

Aziz Sancar PhD'77

A Nobel Laureate alumnus whose research reshaped the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.

John Olajide BS’04

The founder of Axxess is nurturing the next generation of students through philanthropic gifts and educational experiences.

Edward M. Ackerman

A champion for the cause of remembrance, empowering generations through his vision and generosity.

Naveen Jindal MBA'92

The namesake of UT Dallas’ largest school, an industrialist, statesman and global force for higher education.

Peter Balyta MBA'03

A top corporate partner, working to promote innovation and education throughout the community.