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 James Huffines to Receive Distinguished Alumnus Award

Sept. 22, 2011—James Huffines, president and COO of PlainsCapital Corporation and former chairman of the UT Board of Regents, will receive the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Award at a ceremony to be held on The University of Texas at Austin campus on Friday, Oct. 14. The award, created in 1958, recognizes annually up to six graduates or former students of The University of Texas at Austin who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the university. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest award given by the Texas Exes.
Huffines received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the university in 1973. After college, he held executive positions at a number of Dallas banks, including Dallas Bancshares, Inc; Bank of Dallas; and Republic National Bank of Dallas. In 1986 he was asked to serve as Secretary of Appointments for Governor William P. Clements, Jr. He joined PlainsCapital Bank in 2001 as Central and South Texas Region Chairman. In November of 2010, he was appointed president and COO of PlainsCapital Corporation.
Huffines was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents in 2003. He was then reappointed for another term. He served as chairman on the board from 2004-2007 and again from 2009 until he stepped down in March of 2010. In February of 2011, he received the Santa Rita Award, the UT System’s highest distinction, recognizing an individual who has helped transform UT into a university of the first class.
Among his accomplishments as the chair of the Board of Regents, Huffines helped launch the Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention program, aimed at recruiting and retaining top talent in the faculty ranks. He served on a number of university committees including Academic Affairs, Finance and Planning, and Student, Faculty, and Staff Campus Life. He also served on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Co. and as a member of the Task Force on UT Medical Branch Clinical Operations. He was a 2009 inductee into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, which recognizes former students, faculty or other supporters who have made outstanding business and humanitarian contributions.
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