October 30, 2006

LeVias Receives SMU 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award

Jerry LeVias

DALLAS (SMU) Jerry LeVias will receive the Southern Methodist University Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The recognition will take place at an awards banquet and ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Fairmont Hotel.

When LeVias entered SMU in 1965, he became the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship in the Southwest Conference. He made both athletic and academic All-America football teams and led the Mustangs to their first conference title in 18 years. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from SMU in 1969, LeVias played professional football for the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers. He now holds distinctions in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the African-American Hall of Fame, among others.

LeVias is president of LeVias Enterprises, Inc., and director of marketing for Janice McKinney Court Reporting Service in Houston. He continues to serve his community through motivational speaking at schools and churches, chairing Community Voices in Action, and serving as honorary chair of the Southeast Texas Prostate Cancer Awareness Program.

The 2006 recipients include Paul M. Bass Jr., the Hon. Craig T. Enoch, LeVias and John W. Nieto. Denise Scofield will receive the Emerging Leader Award, recognizing an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. For more information, visit

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