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Announcing the 2014 Distinguished Alumni

By Rose Cahalan

Every year on an autumn evening, several hundred Longhorns gather to celebrate a group of their most accomplished peers. There are moving video tributes, heartfelt speeches, and one of the classiest dinner parties in Austin — all in honor of the latest crop of Distinguished Alumni. The Texas Exes' annual Distinguished Alumnus Awards ceremony is the biggest event of the year around these parts, and this fall it promises to be even more spectacular than usual.

The 2014 recipients of the Association's highest honor come from many walks of life. Among their number are a legendary athlete, an Oscar-winning actor, a former regent, an astronaut, a historic preservationist, and a financial leader and education champion. Record-breaking basketball coach Jody Conradt will also receive the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given to an individual who did not attend The University of Texas at Austin. The honorees will receive the award in an Oct. 17 ceremony at the LBJ Library.

Below, meet two of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni who have ties to the McCombs School of Business:

H. Scott Caven, Jr., headshotH. Scott Caven, Jr., BBA '64, LLB ’67, Life Member, is managing director of Atlantic Trust, a private wealth management firm. He was a member of the UT Board of Regents from 2003-09, including service as chairman from 2007-09. During a 32-year career with Goldman Sachs, Caven was a vice president and a regional manager. A longtime UT advocate, Caven has chaired the UT System Chancellor's Council and the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council. He is a founding member of the executive committee of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education. He has also chaired the board of directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Company and the Texas Growth Fund board of trustees. Caven is currently a member of the board of trustees for the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

John H. Massey headshotJohn H. Massey, LLB '66, Life Member, is the chairman of the Neuberger Berman Private Equity Funds Investment Committee and a member of the Co-Investment Partners Investment Committee. He has been a senior executive and director for many insurance companies, banks, industrial and service companies, and consumer product companies. He and his wife, Elizabeth Shatto Massey (2010 Distinguished Alumna), have created endowments at the McCombs School of Business, the School of Law, and the College of Education, as well as three Texas Exes Forty Acres Scholarships. Massey is also the president of the Law School Foundation and a trustee of the University of Texas Foundation. He is a recipient of UT's Presidential Citation and in 2012 was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

A complete version of this article originally appeared on The Alcalde.

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