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McLane awarded for outstanding contributions to Texas higher ed

McLane awarded for outstanding contributions to Texas higher ed

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On Jan. 23, the prestigious Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal was awarded to Drayton McLane, Jr., for extraordinary contributions to higher education in Texas. The award was presented to McLane by UMHB President Randy O’Rear and Baylor President Ken Starr, who jointly nominated McLane for the honor. The medal is awarded annually by members of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, and the Texas Association of Community Colleges.

In accepting the award at an awards luncheon in Austin, McLane told the group, “Investing in higher education will provide rewards and dividends beyond anything you can do in life.”

In his letter of nomination, Dr. O’Rear noted that the McLane family has given of their time, resources, and expertise to further the mission of UMHB and many other Texas institutions. “Strategic and visionary gifts from the McLane family have led to the addition of important capital projects for the campus, such as the York Science Center, McLane Dorm, Parker Academic Center, and most recently, Crusader Stadium. The family’s gifts for scholarships have helped make UMHB an affordable option for many students who might not have otherwise been able to afford tuition. . . . Drayton McLane, Jr., and his family live their lives in such a way that those around them are inspired by their generosity, leadership, and integrity. The McLane family’s willingness to draw upon personal associations with prominent leaders and organizations across the nation has helped raise the stature of UMHB in many ways.”

McLane earned his BBA in management from Baylor University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Today, he is chairman of the McLane Group and CEO of McLane Advanced Technologies, located in Temple, Texas. McLane is the former CEO/owner of the Houston Astros Baseball Club, which he purchased in 1992 and sold in 2011. His many awards include the Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo and Distinguished Citizen’s Award, the Leadership Houston Distinguished Leadership Award, the Houston Community Partners Father of the Year Award, and the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award. He also has been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons and five grandsons.