I recently had the privilege of attending the 2015 UT Tyler Alumni Gala. It is always a pleasure to see so many of our graduates and find out what they are doing these days.
Our alumni are the legacy of this institution, the ones who will preserve the spirit of UT Tyler for years to come. We have a special environment here, and it just shows in the number of former students who are dedicated to becoming successful and to supporting this university.
Our alumni are truly an exemplary group, and many of them are leaders in East Texas and beyond. From medical care to mechanical engineering, psychology to finance, our alumni are truly adding value to our region and this state every day.
At the gala, we honored three alumni who embody this university’s spirit of excellence. Our Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to those who have distinguished themselves in their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university.
Distinguished alumnus Scott Scarborough earned a master of business administration from UT Tyler in 1999. He currently serves as president of the University of Akron. Prior to his presidency, Dr. Scarborough previously served in administrative leadership positions within the University of Toledo, DePaul University, UT System and also at UT Tyler, as the university’s vice president for business affairs.
Distinguished alumna Traci Kenner earned a bachelor of business administration from UT Tyler in 1985. As assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, she serves as the district’s appellate chief. Among many accolades, Mrs. Kenner was given the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys in 1998, 2004 and again in 2014.
Distinguished young alumna Holly Smallwood earned a bachelor of science in nursing from UT Tyler in 2008. She is owner of SweetHoney Clothing Co., a small ‘side job’ that has now turned into a successful online business.
As you can see, we have some truly successful individuals among our alumni. Each of those being honored, along with the rest of our more than 31,000 alumni, are part of a growing force that has weight both here in Tyler and in the areas beyond. Our exemplary alumni truly make a difference.