Robert B. Rowling Chairman of the Board
Robert B. Rowling is the owner and chairman of TRT Holdings, Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in energy, hotels, financial services and fitness. Among the subsidiary companies which TRT controls are Tana Exploration Company, Gold’s Gym International, and Omni Hotels & Resorts. Tana Exploration is an upstream exploration and production company focused in the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana state waters. Gold’s Gym owns and franchises more than700 fitness facilities around the world. Omni Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotel brand comprised of 60 hotels and resorts across North America.
Rowling attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. In 1979, Rowling received his Juris Doctor with honors from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.
Rowling currently serves on the national board of Young Life and the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation, and previously served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents and as chairman of UTIMCO, which manages the $25 billion U.T. endowment funds. In 2003, Rowling was the recipient of the SMU Dedman Law School Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted into both The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame and the All-American Wildcatters for his achievements in the oil & gas industry. Rowling was inducted as a UT Austin Distinguished Alumni in November 2013.
Kathleen M. Gibson President and CEO
Kathleen Gibson is President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation - a leading charitable corporation supporting advancement in medical education, medical research and medical care. The Foundation’s assets exceed $850 million, arrayed across more than 1,000 funds, creating a financial resource that enables continuing advances in health care to benefit the citizens of the community and the world beyond for years to come. During 1943, the Foundation formed Southwestern Medical College, now known as UT Southwestern, and remains its most significant philanthropic partner.
Prior to joining Southwestern Medical Foundation, Kathleen spent thirty years in financial services, holding a number of leadership positions within Citibank and Bank of America. Kathleen joined Citibank in 2006, as Head of Citibank Texas Commercial and President of Citibank Texas. In 2007, she was named President of the Central Division, Commercial Banking, with responsibility for the Central US Commercial Business. Prior to joining Citibank, Kathleen spent twenty-five years with Bank of America and its predecessor banks, where she held top leadership roles in Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking and Asset Management; also, serving as President, Bank of America-Dallas.
Ms. Gibson has been involved in community activities in Dallas and Texas for many years. She is Past Chair of the Board of The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University, and Strategy Chair on the Board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Boards of the SMU Tate Lecture Series, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, and Charter 100. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at UT Dallas and the DFW Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program. Kathleen is a member of the International Women’s Forum – Dallas, Dallas Woman’s Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, and the Junior League of Dallas.
She has been recognized in the Dallas Business Journal as a ‘Top 25 Industry Leader in Women in Business’, and by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in the 10th Annual Women Worth Watching edition. Kathleen is a recipient of Texas A&M’s Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry Award, Women’s Legacy Award, and was honored to be selected as a 2014 Fish Camp Namesake. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M and the Mays Business School Development Council. Her prior involvement in civic activities includes serving on the Dallas Regional Chamber Board and Executive Committee, Chairing the Dallas March for Babies Walk, and serving on the Boards of Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, The Dallas Opera, The Lamplighter School, Dallas Citizens Council, The City Club, and the Dallas 2012 Olympic Bid Committee.
Born in Texas, Ms. Gibson lived several early years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and attended school at SMU in Oxford and SMU in Russia. Kathleen and her husband, Robert, have two daughters, Catherine and Sarah.
Trustees (*designates Executive Committee Members)
Vice President - Finance
Vice President - Emeritus