Professor Receives Texas Public Power Association Award

August 7, 2017

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NBU Board of Trustee and TLU Professor Dr. Judith Dykes-Hoffmann '92 was recently presented the inaugural Paula J. DiFonzo Industry Achievement Award by Texas Public Power Association (TPAA) President Bob Kahn and TPPA Executive Director Walt Baum. She has served on the New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) Board of Trustees since 2007 and was also the first female appointed board member and president in NBU’s history. 

Dr. Hoffmann helps steer the strategic vision for NBU’S electric, water, and wastewater businesses. Her board team has overseen tremendous growth resulting in NBU’s total net assets doubling to more than $500 million, the addition of 7,000 more electric customers, the construction of 150 miles more of above and underground distribution lines, and an additional $2 million put toward the city transfer that has reached $8 million a year. She’s also helped to diversify New Braunfels' power supply and seen the movement to AMI metering, plus many other key achievements made on the water side of the business.

She brings 20 years of higher education teaching experience to the NBU board and holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and academic publications focus on German-Texan history and immigration as well as the urban development of New Braunfels. She currently teaches at TLU and is very active on campus in many leadership roles. She also spends significant time mentoring students, especially women, as they pursue their professional goals. In this capacity, she often promotes public power as a career path.

Dr. Hoffmann has also served on the New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission, New Braunfels Master Plan Committee, New Braunfels Development Code Steering Committee, and chaired the New Braunfels Commercial Landscape Committee. She, along with her husband Tobin, actively support the New Braunfels nonprofit community. She’s served on the Mid-Texas Symphony Board, the Marty Lindley Foundation, and is currently heavily involved in the Headwaters at the Comal project which will rejuvenate 16 acres at the headwaters of the Comal River into a place where people can learn, have fun, and experience history and nature. 


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