Methodist Health System Foundation has named Bobby B. Lyle ’67 the 2014 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient. Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated excellence in community leadership emulate the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom for whom the award is named.
In the award announcement, Lyle was praised as “an innovative engineer, educator, corporate executive, entrepreneur, civil leader and philanthropist.”
“Bobby’s leadership and entrepreneurial approach have had a far-reaching and real impact on the Dallas community,” says April Box Chamberlain, Methodist Health System Foundation President and CEO. “He embodies the Folsom Leadership Award, and we are honored to celebrate his achievements.
Past Folsom Leadership Award recipients include SMU alumni Nancy Ann Hunt ’65 (2006), Laura Welch Bush ’68 (2008), Trevor Rees-Jones ’78 (2011) and Michael M. Boone ’64, ’67 (2012), who also serves on the SMU Board of Trustees. The Rev. W. Mark Craig , also an SMU trustee, received the award in 2013.
The award will be presented at a dinner on September 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.
Lyle’s multifaceted career has spanned more than four decades. He has served on the boards of more than 20 private and public companies — many that he helped create — in industries as diverse as oil and gas, banking, ranching, computer software service, real estate, manufacturing, restaurant and green energy.
He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s degree in engineering administration from SMU. He served as dean ad interim of SMU at age 30 and subsequently as executive dean of the SMU Cox School of Business before completing his doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After graduation, he returned to Dallas to enter the oil and gas industry. He served in leadership roles in the development of notable oil and gas fields, such as the Bakken Shale; real estate projects, such as the Dallas Galleria; and business startups, including InterFirst Bank-Galleria.
Throughout his career, Lyle’s passion for his alma mater has remained constant. As a member of the SMU Board of Trustees for more than 26 years, he has served as chair or vice chair of numerous University standing committees and boards, including the Audit Committee, the Cox Associate Board, the Maguire Energy Institute and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He is past president of the SMU Alumni Association and has been vice chair of the executive boards of both the Cox School of Business and the Lyle School of Engineering, which was named in his honor in 2008. He has received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award, been recognized as Alumni Volunteer of the Year, and twice has been named Outstanding Trustee of the Year by the SMU Student Association. He was inducted into the School of Engineering Hall of Leaders in 2006 and given the coveted Mustang Award in 2012.
Lyle’s commitment to education is matched by his unwavering dedication to community service. He is vice chair of the Salvation Army National Advisory Board and a member of its DFW Metroplex Command Advisory Board. He is past president of Circle Ten Council-Boy Scouts of America and currently a trustee of the Council’s Foundation and chair of its $90 million Centennial Campaign. He is vice chair of The Trinity Trust Foundation, trustee of Communities Foundation of Texas, trustee of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation and past director of the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
Lyle has served as president of the Dallas Assembly, president of the Center for Nonprofit Management and trustee for the Retina Foundation. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Volunteer Center of North Texas. and Dallas Historical Society. He has been inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame.
He is the father of two children: Sharon lives in Dallas with her husband, Mark Mutschink, and Christopher resides in California with his wife, Lyndsay, and their two daughters, Emerson and Hannah.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.