Awarded to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor or to causes that fit our mission as a Christian university.
Bob Simpson says Baylor University is woven into the fiber of his being. Out of his Baylor experience came a fierce love for Baylor that has followed him his whole life. It was during his Baylor years that Bob discovered his passion for business. He recalls going to Moody Library and reading The Wall Street Journal before he'd start his homework and says that for him it was like eating his ice cream before dinner.
After graduating magna cum laude in 1970 and earning his MBA in 1971, Bob joined Arthur Andersen as a CPA and began work on the Texas Rangers baseball account. In 1985, he co-founded Cross Timbers Oil & Gas Company the precursor to XTO Energy, which he sold in 2009 to ExxonMobil. When the opportunity presented itself, Bob joined a partnership to buy the Texas Rangers. He became co-chairman of Rangers Baseball Express, and a majority owner of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Bob, a devout Rangers fan since his time with Arthur Andersen, has employed his business acumen to help the franchise grow.
Bob has consistently supported his alma mater in many ways, most recently through his generous gifts to support construction of the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center and stepping up as a Baylor Stadium Founder. He has been a guest speaker for the Baylor Business Network, is a member of the Endowed Scholarship Society, having established three scholarships (one in memory of his brother, Ken), and is a member of the 1845 Society. But Bob says he still identifies with the little kid from Cisco who managed to go to Baylor, who worked for Arthur Andersen on the Rangers account and ended up with a dream fulfilled by becoming part of the Texas Rangers organization. He believes it's a testimony to all you can do in America and when you have a strong educational foundation, like the one he got at Baylor.
Congratulations, Baylor Legacy Award recipient Bob Simpson.
Jim and Julie Turner say they would not be who they are today without Baylor. The Dallas couple has made the place where they met a vital part of their lives. Julie Hermansen Turner loved athletics and after taking the advice of a beloved professor, earned her master's in Physical Education in 1968 - a time when women in sports was not commonplace. Julie taught at Baylor for 2 years and spent 12 years at San Jacinto College. She marvels at the success of women's sports today and takes great pride in the accomplishments of the Baylor women's athletics programs. Jim Turner came to Baylor from Houston, majored in business and was a standout on the basketball court. Before graduating in 1969, Jim was an All-Southwest Conference and All Academic Team selection. Jim still holds the single-game freshman scoring record and ranks in Baylor's top 10 for average points scored in a season.
The Turners found business success in Dr Pepper bottling franchises as well as other beverage brands and have developed the number one privately owned bottling company in the U.S. Jim has been honored with the most coveted awards in the beverage industry and today serves as principal of JLT Beverages. Jim has served on the Board of Baylor Health Care System for 15 years and is currently chairman. He is Chair-Elect for the soon-to-be-formed Baylor Scott and White Health.
The Turners have a legacy of generous support for Baylor. Their love for Baylor athletics is evident in their support for the Turner Riverfront Complex and multiple Baylor athletic programs. Julie has been an active member of the Baylor University Women's Council and received Baylor's Woman of Distinction award. The Turners are members of Baylor's Medallion Fellowship, the Judge R.E.B Baylor Society and are Baylor Stadium Founders. Jim has also received the Herbert Reynolds Service Award and has been named to the Athletics Hall of Fame and the Athletics Wall of Honor.
Congratulations, Baylor Legacy Award recipients Jim and Julie Turner.
Give Light is a $1.1 billion comprehensive campaign for the future of Baylor University. The campaign undergirds Illuminate, the University's Academic Strategic Plan, and will impact every aspect of campus life, from academics and athletics to student life and global engagement.