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Commencement | Woody Hunt

BBA Commencement Speaker

Speaker: Woody L. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of Hunt Companies, Inc.

When: Friday, May 17 | 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Where: Frank Erwin Center

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Bio: Woody graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and received his MBA in Finance from UT. Woody also earned an MA Degree in Management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

In addition to his duties with Hunt, Woody is a member of the board of directors for Complete College America; founding chairman and current board member of the Medical Centers of Americas Foundation in El Paso; foundation trustee on the College for all Texans Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston; founding member of the Paso del Norte Group in El Paso where he now serves on the Executive Committee; previously served as Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council, where he now serves on the Executive Committee; member of the Texas Institute for Education Reform; member of the Development Board at the University of Texas at El Paso; member of the Development Board for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso; a member of the Western Governors University (WGU) Texas Advisory Board; and a member of the Board of Directors for El Paso Electric and WestStar Bank.

He was previously the vice-chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents; served seven years, three as Chairman, on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO); was chairman of the Texas Select Commission on Higher Education and Global Competitiveness; was a member of the Commission for College Ready Texas and the Texas Tax Reform Commission; was a member of the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE); was a member of the Texas Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies; was member of the Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding; was a member of the Council for Continuous Improvement and Innovation in Texas Higher Education; and was the chairman of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. He was a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Finance Committee of PNM Resources in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has served on numerous other civic, non-profit and professional boards.

Woody also serves as Chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation he and his wife Gayle, established in 1987. Woody has been inducted into the El Paso Business Hall of Fame, has received the El Paso Rotary Club's Distinguished Service Award, and the City of El Paso's Conquistador Award. Woody was also an El Paso County Historical Society Honoree. He was named Top Newsmaker by the El Paso Times and named El Pasoan of the Year by the El Paso Inc. In 2008, Woody and Gayle Hunt were recognized for their continued support of the El Paso community and were named “Philanthropists of the Year” by the West Texas - Southern New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Woody was also the recipient of the 2011 Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award presented by LULAC Project Amistad.