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Distinguished Alumni Award

Founded in 1986, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor Rawls College can bestow upon alumni and friends. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a record of distinguished service and extraordinary achievement in their chosen field. Honorees have made a positive impact on both Rawls College and Texas Tech, serving as an inspiration to current students and alumni.

2021 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
2019 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
2018 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
2016 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
2015 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
2014 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
2014 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
2011 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
2011 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
2011 Distinguished Alumni Honoree


Congratulations to the 2021 honorees, and thank you for the dedication you have shown to Rawls College and Texas Tech University.

If you would like to make a donation to the Dean's Excellence Fund in honor of an awardee, you may do so online.

Bill Henry

BBA, Finance, 1970
Co-CEO, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Southwest Region
Dallas, Texas

Bill Henry is Co-CEO of Marsh & McLennan Agency's (MMA) Southwest region. He maintains client relationships and actively supports the development of new business, as well as internal support of future leadership. Bill is focused on maintaining a unique culture that practices being "Pied Pipers" for "P.L.U.'s" (People Like Us) and treating all people with dignity and respect! A "key" component is leading by example.

From 1996 until 2015, Bill served as Chairman and CEO of MHBT Inc. (McQueary Henry Bowles Troy) which was one of the largest independently owned insurance agencies in the country. Prior to the merger with Bowles, Troy & Associates in 1996, Bill led McQueary & Henry, Inc. for nearly a decade. McQueary & Henry, Inc. began as a bootstrap operation in 1983, by Bill Henry and Joe McQueary (deceased), and quickly became one of the top insurance brokerage firms in Dallas.

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Nancy McDonnell

B.B.A. Finance, 1981
Executive Vice President, Texas Capital Bank
Dallas, Texas

Nancy McDonnell serves as Executive Vice President and Head of Treasury Services. She is responsible for leading all aspects of Texas Capital Bank's treasury and liquidity businesses.  McDonnell serves on the Operating Committee of Texas Capital Bank,  leads the payments and treasury innovations efforts for the bank and is the executive sponsor for the Women's Employee Resource Group. 

McDonnell joined Texas Capital Bank in January 2021 after retiring from a 32 year career at J.P. Morgan in August of 2020.  While at JPMorgan, where she served as a Managing Director, she had three decades of experience in a variety of senior leadership roles, including having served as JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Global Head of Commercial Banking Treasury & Security Services for nine years until August 2020.

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