Four former Schreiner students will be honored during Recall weekend April 21-23, 2017.
Two graduates will be honored as Distinguished Alumni, one will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor, and one will receive the Schreiner Former Students Association Distinguished Service Award.
Joining the list of Schreiner’s distinguished alumni will be Michael Pate, Class of 1971, who recently retired after a legal career that placed him at the center of legislative action in both Washington, D.C., and Austin; and telecom and banking entrepreneur Richard E. Cree, a 1967 graduate of Schreiner’s high school program.
Retired collegiate and professional athletic trainer Ken Murray, a 1966 graduate, will be inducted into the Schreiner University Athletic Hall of Honor.
Meleah "Lea" (Siebold) Nye, Class of 1992, will receive the SFSA award for her service to the school and its alumni program.
Michael Pate, who resides in Arlington, Va., retired in 2016 from the Bracewell legal firm in Washington, D.C., where he had worked since 1986, primarily in the legislative arena, specializing in tax, energy and corporate issues. He was managing partner from 1997 to 2010.
He moved from Texas to the nation’s capital in 1979 to become U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s legislative director. Prior to that he had served as a legal counsel to Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, and worked for Texas state senator Max Sherman, a former Schreiner trustee
Best Lawyers in America annually selected him as one of the nation’s top attorneys in government relations, and American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell named him a top-rated lawyer in taxation law.
In 1999 he was elected to the Schreiner board of trustees and served as chairman from 2011 to 2015.
Richard E. Cree, who lives in Dallas, is managing partner of Cree Oil Properties—which has been in the Cree family for four generations—and of Renewable Texas Energy, a company primarily located in China.
He has built and managed both private and public companies involved in banking, commercial real estate, automotive, oil and gas, and telecommunications. Cree’s business resume includes founder of American Republic Bancshares, a New Mexico bank holding company which is now a part of Wells Fargo; founder of Gateway Technologies, a telecommunications company; and president and CEO of C-Five, a telecommunications company.
Cree is in his second term on the Schreiner University Board of Trustees. He also served on the board of the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, and the Mid-Cities Chapter of the Texas Association of Business.
While a student at Schreiner, Ken Murray served as trainer for the Mountaineer athletic teams, foreshadowing a notable career in the same field. For 17 years he served as Texas Tech University’s head athletic trainer, then another seven years as an administrator in Tech’s athletics department. He was inducted to the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1993, and in 2015 he was inducted into both the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and the Texas Tech Hall of Honor.
Murray was a pioneer in athletic training, developing a program that went beyond physical training and treating injuries, but also cared for their emotional, mental and social health. His was the first program of its kind recognized by the National Athletic Trainers Association as a curriculum for future athletic trainers.
In retirement he resides at Possum Kingdom Lake in north Texas.
Meleah "Lea" (Siebold) Nye became involved in the alumni organization almost immediate after graduation. She has served as president, vice president and secretary, and helped lead the SFSA through changes to make it a more active and effective body.
“She’s pro-actively generous, a very good organizer, and has skills that helped the SFSA board take us to the next level,” says Paul Camfield, Schreiner’s associate director for Alumni Affairs. “She’s spent many hours working for SFSA, and has shown a phenomenal amount of dedication to it.”
After studying alumni programs at other universities and colleges, the SFSA board decided to abandon the payment of annual membership dues for a program that makes all former students members of the association at no cost. Also, the university took over the cost for the annual Recall homecoming, allowing the SFSA to concentrate on creating scholarships and other special programs.
“I think the Former Students Association is much stronger now,” says Nye. “We’re more collaborative, and able to focus our attention on what the school needs as opposed to what the association needs. I’m very proud to be a part of the transition.”
Nye lives in San Antonio and is a member of the Schreiner University Board of Trustees.
Pate, Cree, Murray and Nye will be honored during the Tribute to Schreiner Legends Banquet on Saturday evening, April 22.
Other activities planned for the 2017 Recall include
More information about these and other Recall events will be released later.