Brother R. D. “Dan” Burck

2015 Man of the Year

The Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma selected R. D. “Dan” Burck as the 2015 Kappa Sigma Man of the Year. Brother Burck is a 1951 initiate of the Tau Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin and will be the 82nd Brother in the history of the Fraternity to receive the distinguished award.

After a distinguished business career of 33 years followed by 14 years of service as Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs and ultimately Chancellor of The University of Texas System, Brother Burck continues to serve higher education, Texas, Austin, and the nation through active leadership in a wide variety of charitable, educational, fraternal, and business organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Board of American Campus Communities (ACC-NYSE), the largest provider of student housing in the US, and of Patton Medical Devices. He is a Trustee of The Rise School of Austin, a member of the Dolph Brisco Advisory Council for The Center for American History, and an advisory board member for Frost Bank, and the Headliners Club.

As Chancellor of the UT System, Brother Burck oversaw growth at the $30B enterprise from 153,000 to 170,000 students at the nine universities and six health science centers and an increase in research expenditures from $925M to more than $1.1B. He served as the first Advisory Director of The University of Texas Investment Management Co. and on the Governor’s Council on Science and Biotechnology and the Executive Committee of the Texas Council of Public Universities and Chancellors. As Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Brother Burck was instrumental in securing triple-A rating for bonds issued by the System by all three US ratings agencies, oversaw development of a System-wide compliance program that has become a national model, and established the System’s program for increasing purchases from historically under-utilized businesses. Following his retirement as Chancellor, he served as a special advisor to the System.

Brother Burck continues his involvement with UT and education as a member of the UT System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and as a lifelong member of Texas Exes and as a current member of the Littlefield Society, the Silver Spurs service organization, the UT Austin Development Board, and the Board of Texas Kappa Sigma Education Foundation. He continues to work with the University of Texas Elementary School, which was chartered while he was Chancellor, is a founding member of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, was honored in 2001 as the Tau Chapter Kappa Sigma Man of the Year, and has been inducted into the Matthews Elementary School Hall of Honor and the Silver Spurs Hall of Fame. In April of 2003, Burck was inducted into the Stephen F. Austin High School Hall of Honor as a Distinguished Alumnus and, in June of 2014, he was named one of six finalists for the New York Stock Exchange Governance Services Leadership Award for Nonexecutive Chairman. Burck was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame at U. T. Austin in November 2014.

He will be awarded the 2015 International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Award. Brother Burck has also been a member of the Board of the Texas Department of Information Resources; the Board of Directors of the Texas Life, Accident, Health, and Hospital Service Insurance Guaranty Association; the Formula Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and the Advisory Council of the U. T. Austin College of Natural Sciences. He is a former director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, a former member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Austin/San Antonio Corridor Council, and a former member of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society.

In the private sector, Brother Burck worked globally with Getty Oil Company from 1955 to 1984, ultimately coming to manage the company’s diversified worldwide holdings, including 13 subsidiary companies in such diverse industries as real estate, agriculture, television, forest products, and construction. This led to his leadership in the creation of ESPN, the first cable sports network, of which he was Vice President and founding director. From 1984 to 1988, Block Watne, a Norwegian construction firm, retained Brother Burck as President and Director to organize and manage a startup subsidiary company in the US.

Brother Burck is a 1956 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He was married in 1955 to Jo Richardson, also a UT graduate, who passed away in 1997. In 1998, he married Penny Hight Richards of San Antonio, who also attended UT.

Brother Burck’s second cousin, Cyrus R. Smith, was the recipient of Kappa Sigma’s first Man of the Year Award in 1937. Brother Smith was President of American Airlines.

The banquet honoring Brother Burck will be held at the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas, on March 28, 2015.


Past Recipients

Name Chapter School Year
Cyrus R. Smith Tau University of Texas 1937
Lowell J. Thomas Beta-Omicron University of Denver 1938
Warren R. Austin, Jr Alpha-Lambda University of Vermont 1939
Frederick H. Albee Alpha-Rho Bowdoin College 1940
Edward R. Murrow Gamma-Mu Washington State University 1941
James H. Macia Jr Gamma-Rho University of Arizona 1942
Jack E. Manch Upsilon Hampden-Sydney College 1942
Roy C. Osgood Alpha-Eta George Washington University 1943
Dwight H. Green Alpha-Pi Wabash College 1944
Clinton A. Pierce Alpha-Gamma University of Illinois 1945
Ernest W. Goodpasture Kappa Vanderbilt University 1946
Beauford H. Jester Tau University of Texas 1947
Edwin P. Hubble Gamma-Beta University of Chicago 1948
Cason J. Callaway Zeta University of Virginia 1949
Rev Fred P. Corson, Ret Beta-Pi Dickinson College 1950
Carey E. Kefauver Lambda University of Tennessee 1951
Donald H. Mc Laughlin Beta-Xi University of California/Berkeley 1952
Hoagland H. Carmichael Beta-Theta Indiana University 1953
Thomas J. Williams Xi University of Arkansas 1954
Arnold M. Johnson Gamma-Beta University of Chicago 1955
Henry G. Symonds Beta-Zeta Stanford University 1956
Francis S. Van Derbur Beta-Omicron University of Denver 1957
Willard F. Rockwell, Jr Alpha-Delta Pennsylvania State University 1958
E. Branch Mc Cracken Beta-Theta Indiana University 1959
John M. Olin Alpha-Kappa Cornell University 1960
Spencer T. Olin Alpha-Kappa Cornell University 1960
HON John G. Tower Iota Southwestern University 1961
HON Paul J. Fannin Gamma-Rho University of Arizona 1962
James B. Fisk Gamma-Pi MIT 1963
Dr Denton A. Cooley Tau University of Texas 1964
Reno Odlin Beta-Psi University of Washington 1965
William A. Whitfield Gamma-Lambda Iowa State University 1966
Benjamin S. Gilmer Beta-Eta Auburn University 1967
James H. Binns Beta-Omicron University of Denver 1968
GEN Samuel C. Phillips Delta-Gamma University of Wyoming 1969
HON Robert J. Dole Gamma-Omicron University of Kansas 1970
Edgar D. Mitchell Delta-Alpha Carnegie Mellon University 1971
Lamar Hunt Delta-Pi Southern Methodist University 1972
Joseph D. Waggonner Jr Epsilon-Gamma Louisiana Tech University 1973
John B. Kelly, Jr Alpha-Epsilon University of Pennsylvania 1974
Dr John W. Ryan Delta-Sigma University of Utah 1975
Ardeshir Zahedi Epsilon-Kappa Utah State University 1976
Richard F. Barry III Epsilon-Beta University of Miami 1977
William R. Hewlett Beta-Zeta Stanford University 1978
Dr Lee S. Dreyfus Beta-Epsilon University of Wisconsin 1979
David C. Treen Sigma Tulane University 1980
Rev John M. Allin Sr Omega University of The South 1981
Larry M. Speakes Delta-Xi University of Mississippi 1982
Fred M. Russell Kappa Vanderbilt University 1983
Charles L. Massey Jr Xi University of Arkansas 1984
Lewis W. Lehr Alpha-Psi University of Nebraska 1985
Paul H. Henson Alpha-Psi University of Nebraska 1986
Robert W. Lundeen Gamma-Sigma Oregon State University 1987
Mort Walker Beta-Gamma University of Missouri/Columbia 1988
HON Dante B. Fascell Epsilon-Beta University of Miami 1989
E. Fay Jones, Jr Xi University of Arkansas 1990
Dr Russel L. Wiener Phi Rhodes College 1991
Samuel Donaldson Epsilon-Xi University of Texas/El Paso 1992
Jerral W. Jones Xi University of Arkansas 1993
Robert J. Eaton Gamma-Omicron University of Kansas 1994
John F. Smith, Jr Gamma-Delta University of Massachusetts 1994
Robert D. Krebs Beta-Zeta Stanford University 1995
Richard E. Rainwater Tau University of Texas 1996
Pierson M. Grieve Jr Epsilon-Delta Northwestern University 1997
Philip S. Anderson Jr Xi University of Arkansas 1998
Col. Ronald J. Webb Beta-Theta Indiana University 1999
Raymond J. Lane, Jr Gamma-Phi West Virginia University 2000
Hon Paul E. Patton Beta-Nu University of Kentucky 2001
General Paul V. Hester Delta-Xi University of Mississippi 2002
Todd R. Wagner Beta-Theta Indiana University 2003
Michael L. Eskew Chi Purdue University 2004
Sonny Perdue Beta-Lambda University of Georgia 2005
Martin C. Petersen Rho Arizona State University 2006
Alan R. Mulally Gamma-Omicron University of Kansas 2007
Richard M. Burr Delta-Omega Wake Forest University 2008
Gary D. Forsee Beta-Chi Missouri Univ. of Science & Technology 2009
Jim Morris Beta-Theta Indiana University 2010
Brian J. O’Dwyer Alpha-Eta George Washington University 2011
Bill Wittliff Tau University of Texas at Austin 2012
William E. Gortney Lambda-Lambda Elon University 2013
Craig R. Barrett Beta-Zeta Stanford University 2014