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Distinguished Alumni Awards
Awards are presented during May Commencement.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
This award is given to alumni who have established an outstanding record for themselves. This includes professional, personal and civic achievements. They typically have graduated at least 20 years prior to receiving award. Current faculty and staff are eligible for this award if they are alumni. A maximum of two awards are given each year.
Possible categories for nomination: Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Church Service Award, Distinguished Community Service Award, Distinguished Service Award
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
This award is given to alumni that have graduated 10 years ago or less. It recognizes outstanding service and accomplishments of an exceptional young alumna/alumnus of TLU. Areas of service may include professional, personal, civic and/or to service to TLU. This individual’s achievements bring inspiration to young alumni, their peers and current undergraduate students. A maximum of one award is given each year.
2016 Alumni Award Honorees
Distinguished Alumni Award
Jennifer Biry ’97 leads a team of more than 2,000 industry professionals around the globe who are responsible for empowering customers and sales teams across AT&T’s Business Solutions. Business Solutions, AT&T’s largest segment, delivers products and services to meet the connectivity needs — both wired and wireless — of AT&T’s business customers. Biry is responsible for executive deal negotiation, solution design, contracting, process and tooling, compensation strategy, and sales operations.
Since beginning her career with AT&T in 1999 as an accounting manager, she has held a wide variety of leadership roles within AT&T’s finance, executive support, and operations organizations. Most recently, she was senior vice president of finance, overseeing all financial operations of AT&T’s Business Solutions segment. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president for AT&T Mobility strategy.
From 2011 to 2012, she was vice president and general manager for AT&T's Arizona and New Mexico markets. In 2008, she oversaw the relocation of AT&T's corporate headquarters from San Antonio to Dallas, and led integration planning and execution for the acquisitions of AT&T Corp. in 2005 and BellSouth in 2006. She also helped manage the company’s initial implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002.
She holds a degree in business administration from Texas Lutheran University, where she serves on the Executive Advisory Council. She is on the board of the Dallas Women’s Foundation and is a Certified Public Accountant. In 2010, she was named by Treasury & Risk Magazine as a “40 Under 40” executive to watch.
Outstanding Young Alumni
Mariah Kilbourne graduated from TLU in 2010 with a major in communication studies and a minor in Spanish. She is the training coordinator for the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Small Business Development Center, as well as a published writer, successful advocate, and avid adaptive sports enthusiast. Born with cerebral palsy, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2013. Through her advocacy efforts, she encourages everyone to be “Inclined for Inclusion” through accessibility. She wants to increase fair and equitable access to public facilities, especially in historic districts, which are currently inaccessible to people with disabilities.