Eyes of Texas Grads Are Upon Spence

DALLAS The University of Texas alumni will honor GSD&M founder and president Roy Spence with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at a ceremony this Friday, the school said.

Other 2004 recipients include Kenneth M. Jastrow II, chairman and chief executive officer of Temple-Inland, Austin, Texas; Dr. Teresa Lozano Long, educator, civic leader and philanthropist; Bill Ratliff, former lieutenant governor and state senator of Texas; Trisha Wilson, president and owner of interior architectural design firm Wilson & Associates, Dallas; and John M. Coetzee, author and 2003 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to six alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the university. Created in 1958, the awards are granted annually on a Friday evening before a UT home football game.

Spence, 55, graduated from UT in 1971 with a bachelor of arts degree. Shortly thereafter, he and five university friends founded GSD&M. Today the Austin agency employs 650 people and reports revenue of $1.5 billion. National clients include Wal-Mart, Southwest Airlines, Brinker International, the U.S. Air Force, MasterCard, DreamWorks, Krispy Kreme and SBC Communications.

The American Advertising Federation and Texas Monthly magazine have previously named Spence Adman of the Century and Adman of the Year, respectively.