2017 TCU Leadership Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award

First presented in 1954, this award is designated for an alumnus or alumna whose career and endeavors have achieved national prominence in a particular field, bringing credit to himself or herself and, in turn, bringing credit to TCU.

Ronald R. Hall '67 '73
Dallas, Texas

After a brief career as a banker, Ron Hall became an international art dealer in 1976. In 2006, he penned Same Kind of Different as Me after the death of his late wife Deborah Short Hall, TCU class of 1967. This amazing true story is about two men with hardened hearts, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, who were thrown together by Deborah's dream for them to save each other. The book became a New York Times bestseller, remaining on the list for three and a half years. Three years ago, Ron re-invented himself once again as a screenwriter and movie producer of the movie version of this book. The film stars Renee Zellweger as Deborah, Gregg Kinnear as Ron, and Djimon Hounsou as Denver. This Paramount film opens nationwide in theaters on October 20, 2017.


Royal Purple Award

Established in 1967, this award is designated for an individual’s extraordinary service and support of Texas Christian University and the greater community.

Ronald W. Clinkscale ’55 and A.R. “Buddy” Dike ‘57
Fort Worth, Texas

Longtime friends, Ron Clinkscale and Buddy Dike began their service on TCU’s Board of Trustees during the same year, in 1985, moving to Trustee Emeritus status together 31 years later this fall. Ron and Buddy have each made major contributions to their alma mater. Their involvement began early for both of them, with Buddy being honored with the Valuable Alumni Award in 1978, and Ron with the President’s Service Award, as President of the Alumni Association, in 1985. Each of them has also served as President of the TCU Lettermen’s Association. In addition, Ron and Buddy have shared their leadership skills with the greater community. Both were on the Cotton Bowl Association Board. Ron was also on the boards of the Lena Pope Foundation, the Gill Children’s Services, and the Union Gospel Mission. Buddy’s board participation has included The Fort Worth Park Board, The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the Davey O’Brien Foundation.


Valuable Alumni Award

The recipient of this award is an alumnus or alumna who has rendered outstanding and continuing service to the University and/or to the Alumni Association. The contributions of the individual are also in terms of financial support.

Darla "DD" Burke Alexander '82 '86
Castle Rock, Colorado

A two-time business graduate of TCU, 1982 with an undergraduate degree and an MBA in 1986, DD is among TCU’s most loyal and involved alums. She currently serves on the Neeley Business School International Board of Visitors and hosted a TCU event in the Denver area with top TCU officials. The Addison and Randolph Clark Society has also benefited from DD’s leadership and support. She and her husband Rick are Founders of the Clark Society and have also established the DD and Rick Alexander Family Endowed Athletic Equestrian Scholarship. DD currently serves as Chair of the Clark Society Board and has also chaired the Clark Society Campaign Scholarship initiative which now totals more than $800,000.


Alumni Service Award

Established in the spring of 1992, the alumnus or alumna receiving this award has rendered continuing and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and to the University.

James W. "Bill" and Mary Scriven Haley '65 '63
Buda, Texas

Geographic distance from TCU has not been a factor when volunteering for TCU was involved for Bill and Mary Haley, who live outside Austin. Mary is currently a member of the Clark Society Board. Bill served on the National Alumni Board for six years and is currently a member of the Alumni Student Recruitment Council. He is also a member of the Fine Arts Board of Visitors, serving on the executive board. For the Fine Arts Gala Auction, Bill has donated an Austin Insider’s Tour, a top fund-raising prize that includes a tour of Austin’s capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, a stay in a local hotel, dinners and a comedy show. Both Bill and Mary were members of the Austin Regional Council for many years and have served for over 20 years on the Austin Alumni Board where they were each president and vice president of recruitment.


Outstanding Young Professional Award

This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna, 35 years of age or younger, who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or endeavors, bringing credit to himself or herself and, in turn, bringing credit to TCU.

Brent M. Skoda '10
Because of his travel schedule, Brent Skoda calls hotels across the U.S. and the world, “home.” A 2010 graduate of TCU, this 31 year-old currently serves as Founder and Chairman of Ahkeo Labs, LLC. He’s a competitive athlete, investment banker, inventor and computer programmer. A business owner at a very early age, Brent won the 2010 Global Student Entrepreneur Award during his senior year at TCU, which is the largest competition for students running revenue generating businesses globally (provided by the Kauffman Foundation and the New York Stock Exchange). He is one of the youngest members of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), where he is chair for the Under 35 and sits on the board of YPO’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network.


Distinguished Student Award

Presented to a senior student who has distinguished himself or herself as an undergraduate at TCU both in academics and in service to the University.

Caylin L. Moore
Carson, California

Caylin is a senior at Texas Christian University majoring in economics with a 3.9 GPA. He was named a 2017 Rhodes Scholar, one of 32 selected from close to 200 finalists nationwide. Caylin was a campus leader and Division One football player at Marist College and then TCU. He was selected to the Fulbright Summer Institute to study the trans-Atlantic slave trade at the University of Bristol and was chosen to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. He is the founder and president of S.P.A.R.K., a youth outreach organization of student-athletes who encourage opportunity youth to attend college, as well as a volunteer for the Children’s Defense Fund. Following graduation, he will pursue a Master of Public Policy at Oxford.