A Lovely Leader

TWU honors Dallas superwoman with Virginia Chandler Dykes leadership award

TWU honors Dallas superwoman with prestigious leadership award

Bob White, Mary Brinegar, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Norm Bagwell, Dr. Ann Stuart, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Bob White, Mary Brinegar, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Norm Bagwell, Dr. Ann Stuart Photos by Kristina Bowman
Chuck Chandler, Micki Rawlings, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Chuck Chandler, Micki Rawlings, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Mayor Mike Rawlings Photos by Kristina Bowman
Ashley Blanchette, April Box Chamberlain, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Ashley Blanchette, April Box Chamberlain Photos by Kristina Bowman
Lynn McBee and Juliette Coulter, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Lynn McBee, Juliette  Coulter Photos by Kristina Bowman
2057	Dr. Richard Nicholas, Alexis Grigsby, Ted Paup, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Dr. Richard Nicholas, Alexis Grigsby, Ted Paup Photos by Kristina Bowman
Samantha Dwinell, Shannon Freeze-Flory, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Samantha Dwinell, Shannon Freeze-Flory Photos by Kristina Bowman
Sue Bancroft, Gayle Strange, Paula Caldwell St-Onge
Sue Bancroft, Gayle Strange, Paula Caldwell Photos by Kristina Bowman
Gretchen Minyard Williams and J.L. Sonny  Williams, Sara Martineau
Gretchen Minyard Williams, J.L. "Sonny" Williams, Sara Martineau Photos by Kristina Bowman
TWU Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship Recipients:  Angela Boisselle; Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Dr. Ann Stuart, Amy Johnson, Laura Thomas
Angela Boisselle, Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Dr. Ann Stuart, Amy Johnson, Laura Thomas Photos by Kristina Bowman
Carol Hoey, Cindi Swanson, Rosemary Brinegar, Vin Hoey, Jean Marie Wesson
Carol Hoey, Cindi Swanson, Rosemary Brinegar, Vin Hoey, Jean Marie Wesson Photos by Kristina Bowman
Tincy Miller, Sharon and Mike McCullough, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Tincy Miller, Sharon McCullough, Mike McCullough Photos by Kristina Bowman
Bob White, Mary Brinegar, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Norm Bagwell, Dr. Ann Stuart, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Chuck Chandler, Micki Rawlings, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Ashley Blanchette, April Box Chamberlain, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Lynn McBee and Juliette Coulter, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
2057	Dr. Richard Nicholas, Alexis Grigsby, Ted Paup, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Samantha Dwinell, Shannon Freeze-Flory, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Sue Bancroft, Gayle Strange, Paula Caldwell St-Onge
Gretchen Minyard Williams and J.L. Sonny  Williams, Sara Martineau
TWU Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship Recipients:  Angela Boisselle; Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Dr. Ann Stuart, Amy Johnson, Laura Thomas
Carol Hoey, Cindi Swanson, Rosemary Brinegar, Vin Hoey, Jean Marie Wesson
Tincy Miller, Sharon and Mike McCullough, Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award

More than 450 people showed up to the Belo Mansion for the 12th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon, which benefits Texas Woman’s University. This year’s honoree is no stranger to the Dallas philanthropic community: Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.

Virginia Chandler Dykes spoke proudly about Brinegar’s accomplishments and all that she has done to turn what was once the DeGolyer Estate into one of Dallas’ most beautiful properties. Dykes’ endearing story of taking her two young sons to the opening was a highlight of her speech.

“It was a vast acreage of rough land, and the primary entertainment was a snake charmer and two dancers from India,” Dykes said. “Now, thanks to Mary’s leadership, the gardens have become an unbelievable creation of beauty with extensive learning opportunities for children and adults.”

Last year’s award recipient, Patricia Meadows, along with her husband, Curtis, introduced Brinegar, who humbly noted she was in the presence of so many distinguished guests.

The luncheon also honored four graduate students from all four TWU colleges as recipients of scholarship funds: Angela Boisselle, College of Health Sciences; Laura Thomas, College of Nursing; Amy Johnson, College of Professional Education; and Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds, College of Arts and Sciences.

Guests — including Mayor and Mrs. Mike Rawlings, Lynn and Allan McBee; Sharon and Mike McCullough, Carol and Don Glendenning, April Box Chamberlain, Paula Lambert, Sue and Chris Bancroft, Tincy Miller, and Caroline Rose Hunt — then dined on a delicious meal of herb-dusted filet, mashed potatoes and asparagus, and milk-chocolate mousse.

After the plates were cleared and attendees were enjoying a post-lunch coffee pick-me-up, Dykes made “a sad announcement” of the retirement later this spring of TWU chancellor and president Dr. Ann Stuart, who received a special gift.

“A stalwart supporter of this program and what it has accomplished, whose extraordinary career as chancellor and president at TWU first began in 1999, Ann, you will be greatly missed,” Dykes said.

Under Stuart’s leadership, enrollment has grown by 80 percent; TWU has produced more than 20,000 graduates in critical fields; and the university has received national recognition for its quality, value and diversity. She has raised more than $220 million for facilities, scholarships and faculty development and led the implementation of advanced technology and teaching tools.