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April 3, 2009

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UT Tyler Honors Mr. and Mrs. Bob L. Herd as 2009 Patriots of the Year

Bob and Pat Herd

Bob and Pat Herd have been named the 2009 Patriots of the Year at The University of Texas at Tyler, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

President and Mrs. Mabry recognized the Herds April 2 during UT Tyler’s President’s Dinner.

The Patriot of the Year Award is given to a couple or an individual who has made enduring contributions to the advancement of the university and the community.

Donors to the university since 1982, Mr. and Mrs. Herd gifted UT Tyler with more than $1 million and have established the Mr. and Mrs. Bob L. Herd Endowed Presidential Scholarship. This significant gift comes at a time when endowed scholarships rank among the highest philanthropic priorities for the university.

“Merle and I, along with the entire UT Tyler community, take great pleasure in honoring Bob and Pat Herd for their support of the university. Scholarship support is the key to attracting and graduating more high-ability students that will ultimately translate into improved quality of life for all East Texans, and we are so grateful to the Herds for their generosity and foresight,” President Mabry said.

The Herds have contributed faithfully to the UT Tyler President’s Associates, Patriot Classic scholarship fundraiser and Cowan Center programming, including the long-running Distinguished Lecture Series.

Mr. Herd holds a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University.

He worked for seven years for Enserch Exploration during which time he founded Herd Producing Company, Inc. in Tyler. He later began several affiliates of the company, including Ty-Tex Exploration, Inc., Horizon Natural Gas Corporation and Petro Management, Inc.

Among the many honors Mr. Herd has received for his work in the energy industry is the Society of Petroleum Engineers 1993 Pioneer Award in the Field of Energy.

Texas Tech recognized him in 1994 as a Distinguished Alumnus and the following year the Texas Tech College of Engineering named him a Distinguished Engineer. In 2008, the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering became the first named academic department at Texas Tech.

As a community leader, Mr. Herd has served on numerous Tyler-area boards, such as Tyler Museum of Art, UT Health Science Center at Tyler, East Texas Hospital Foundation, United Way of Tyler and Interfirst Bank of Tyler, N.A.

He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME, East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen and East Texas Geological Society.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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