Tributes: Photos, Speeches Mark Heartfelt Ceremonies


“This chair really belongs to all of the undergraduates at UT Dallas, and we would like to thank the McDermott family and Mary McDermott Cook for this chair as it allows us to take risks and try new things.”

Dr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres,
Mary McDermott Cook Distinguished Chair for Undergraduate Education and Research and dean of Undergraduate Education


“All of our colleagues, all of our staff, and all of our students work incredibly hard to accomplish what we’ve accomplished.”

Dr. Hasan Pirkul,
Caruth Chair and Dean of the Naveen Jindal School of Management 


“The academic credibility and visibility of [the Naveen Jindal School of Management] has really gone up and I think we have our outstanding administration to thank for that. I’d like to thank Hasan [Pirkul] and Varghese [Jacob] for taking a bet on me, and I’d like to thank my wife for taking an even bigger bet on me.”

Dr. Gregory Dess,
Andrew R. Cecil Chair in Applied Ethics


“Recognition from respected colleagues carries the greatest honor.”

Dr. Thomas E. Linehan,
Arts and Humanities Distinguished Chair
and head of Arts and Technology program

Fall 2012 Investitures


“I’d very much like to thank President (David) Daniel, Provost (Hobson) Wildenthal and Dean Bert Moore for their consistent support through thick and thin. And, I would really like to thank the students who I work with.”

Dr. Denise C. Park,
Distinguished University Chair, co-director of Center for Vital Longevity


“Multidisciplinary research is successful primarily due to team work and building research networks, so I look forward toward leveraging this honor in expanding my research.”

Dr. Shalini Prasad,
Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology


 “The support from Charles and Nancy Davidson, as well as the University’s other donors, has been significant in increasing the reputation of (the Naveen Jindal School of Management) in rapid fashion.”

Dr. Ashiq Ali,
Charles and Nancy Davidson Chair in Accounting


“At UT Dallas, excellence takes the form of people. Thanks to the generous spirit of our donors, we are now doing more than we could have possibly imagined. By supporting our faculty, they have supported the potential advancement of our society as a whole.”

Dr. Aaron Conley, vice president
of Development and Alumni Relations


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