Abilenian Tucker Bridwell to Receive Honorary Doctorate from McMurry University

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:05 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Abilene businessman and  community leader Tucker Bridwell will receive the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities during McMurry University’s Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in Hunt P.E. Center.

Bridwell served on the McMurry University Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1999. During that time, he served one term as chair, was part of the steering committee for the Shaping the Future Campaign which raised $39 million, and since 1997 has been extraordinarily instrumental in ensuring support to local charities and Abilene universities.

Through his 16 years of service on the McMurry Board of Trustees, Bridwell supported the mission and goals of the University’s focus on academic excellence, contributed financial support to move the university toward achieving its goals, and drew on his strong business acumen to provide guidance and council to the President and the Board leadership. He played a pivotal role in helping the University launch a $10,000,000 campaign to endow the School of Business, ensuring that McMurry students will receive the highest possible quality business education and opportunities to build their resumes through experiencing internships, externships and travel abroad.

He was a founding member of the Community Foundation of Abilene and a long time board member of that organization. He was selected as Abilene’s Citizen of the Year in 2010 and as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Cox Business School at SMU in 2007. He has deep roots in Methodism as his family provided the funding for the Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. As a member of St. Paul UMC in Abilene, he taught the high school Sunday school class for many years as well as serving on a number of that church’s committees.

Bridwell has been president of Mansefeldt Investment Corporation and the Dian Graves Owen Foundation since September 1997. Additionally, he has served as president of Topaz Exploration Company since 1980. He has been in the energy business in various capacities for over 35 years, focusing on oil and gas private equity and public companies. He is a certified public accountant and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU). Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Concho Resources, Inc. and First Financial Bankshares, Inc., as well as the board of trustees at Southern Methodist University.

He and his wife Gina have four grown children and two granddaughters.

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