Dallas 500 (D Magazine)

Dallas 500 Recognizes President Thomas W. Keefe Second Year Running

 Date Published: Feb. 9, 2017

Dallas 500“Thomas Keefe has a unique charge for a leader: Achieve growth, but without sacrificing the benefits of being a small college. In the past five years, the private Catholic school he runs has seen record-breaking freshman classes and received a $12 million gift for a new business school, yet its student-faculty ratio is 10:1.”

This, according to D CEO magazine, is why University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe has been named to the Dallas 500, an annual list of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most powerful business leaders as determined by the publication’s editors.

Not only does the honor place him among 11 other college and university presidents and administrators, but it also places President Keefe alongside the likes of Exxon Mobil Chairman Rex Tillerson, who was recently confirmed as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and many others.

Several University of Dallas alumni were also included in the Dallas 500. They included Gary Blankenship, MBA ’83, chairman and CEO of the Bank of the West; Ellen Barker, MBA ’94, chief information officer of Texas Instruments; and Kyle Rogers, MBA ’11, risk manager of HollyFrontier. Former UD Board of Trustee member Margaret McDermott, BA ’69, who helped establish the endowment that would create the Eugene McDermott Lectureship, was named one of North Texas’ Living Legends, because of her extensive civic engagement and philanthropic endeavors.  

D CEO editors made selections to the Dallas 500 based on extensive contacts in local business circles, hundreds of interviews and nearly a year’s worth of research. “In the end, 302 of the first-edition Dallas 500 were brought back for the second edition, and 198 are new this year.”

News

University of Dallas Expands Classical Education Program

As many as 100 classical school teachers will receive scholarships this year as the University of Dallas intensifies its efforts within the classical education arena. The university also plans to bring on two new tenure-track faculty members, each devoted primarily to one of two programs in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

+ Read More

Charity Week: Junior Class Tradition Encourages Unity

Next week kicks off the long-held junior class tradition, Charity Week -- and as the UD community gathers on Monday, Oct. 15, Catholics around the world also celebrate the feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, Virgin, Doctor of the Church. Lasting through Saturday, Oct. 20, the entire University of Dallas campus will raise funds for two nonprofits that align with the university's Catholic identity.

+ Read More

Top DFW Female Executives to Discuss Imposter Syndrome

Do you sometimes feel unworthy of your achievements, suspicious that they're the result of mere luck or other people's misevaluation of your competence, rather than something you've rightfully earned? You're not alone. On Oct. 17, some of Dallas/Fort Worth's top female business leaders and executives will share their experience with and tips for fighting these nagging insecurities.

+ Read More