On Jan. 26, 2011, St. Mary’s alumnus and Chairman of the Board of NuStar Energy, Bill Greehey (B.B.A. ’60), was presented with the Lamar Award for serving Texas higher education in an extraordinary manner. St. Mary’s President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., nominated Greehey for the honor.
Greehey has long supported education in South Texas, highlighted by $25 million gifts to both St. Mary’s University (to endow the Bill Greehey School of Business) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to create the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.
The award is named for Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second President of the Republic of Texas and a staunch supporter of education. The medal was presented to Greehey during the 34th Mirabeau B. Lamar Award Ceremony, which is hosted annually by the state’s three sectors of higher education: the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, and the Texas Association of Community Colleges.