UCCS alums to receive commencement honors

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The CU Board of Regents will present two University of Colorado Colorado Springs alumni with the university’s highest honors during Spring 2012 UCCS Commencement ceremonies.

James L. Gallogly, Houston, a member of the class of 1974, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science and deliver commencement remarks. Margot Lane, Colorado Springs, a member of the class of 1982, will receive the University Medal.

Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 18 at the Colorado Springs World Arena. There are 1,258 students who will graduate, a record. About 850 are expected to participate in ceremonies.

James L. Gallogly, Doctorate of Science

James L. Gallogly

Jim Gallogly is chief executive officer of LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies with sales in excess of $50 billion. He previously held numerous leadership positions with Conoco Phillips, Phillips Petroleum Company and ChevronPhillips Chemical.

A former Colorado Springs resident, Jim Gallogly is one of ten children and one of seven who followed in his father’s footsteps to UCCS. Following his UCCS graduation, Jim Gallogly earned a law degree at the University of Oklahoma and completed a graduate management program at Northwestern University.

Known as someone who views change as an opportunity, Jim Gallogly is an advocate for safe and environmentally sustainable operations and the development of new products and technologies. His skills as a negotiator are recognized by his colleagues and competitors as an important component of his success as a business leader.

In 2010, Jim Gallogly and his wife, Janet, donated $1 million to the CU Foundation to construct the Gallogly Events Center. The center was named in honor of Tommy Gallogly, Jim Gallogly’s father. Tommy Gallogly earned degrees in 1970 and 1973 following a United States Air Force career and prior to a second career as a teacher and coach in Academy School District 20. Jim and Janet Gallogly have also been generous in their personal financial support of the Boulder campus of the university in addition to coordinating grants and gifts from ConocoPhillips.

Margot Lane, University Medal

Margot Lane

Margaret “Margot” Lane, a member of the UCCS class of 1982, moved with her family to Colorado Springs in 1952. She graduated from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High School) in 1956 and married her husband, John, in 1958. In her 40s, after the successful raising of three sons, David, Bruce, and Philip, Margot continued pursuit of her life-long goal of earning of a degree in history.

Active in many civic and church organizations, Margot Lane believes in giving back to her home community and the people who helped the family business, Lane Affiliated Companies, become successful. She volunteers with many organizations including the Junior League, Pikes Peak United Way, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak YMCA, Care and Share, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, UCCS Reach Your Peak Scholarship Program, and Young Life. She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and helped establish the Stephens Scholarship for those who wish to study theology.

In 2011, following John’s death and the sale of the 72-year-old Lane Affiliated Companies to Pepsi Bottling Group, Margot Lane, along with the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation, donated $4 million to UCCS and Peak Vista Community Health Centers. The funds will be used to build an academic health sciences building on the North Nevada corridor. Construction is scheduled to begin in June. The building will be dedicated to serving the health care needs of Colorado Springs seniors and will bring together UCCS academic departments and Peak Vista clinicians in a true integrated health care model that will benefit patients, students interested in pursuing healthcare careers, and faculty members interested in creating new models of healthcare delivery.

The 56,000 square-foot Lane Academic Health Sciences Center will be the first UCCS building in the redeveloped North Nevada corridor adjacent to the campus and the possible future home of a branch campus of the CU School of Medicine.

Gallogly and Lane were selected by a committee of regents and faculty members following their nominations for the awards.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 9,300 students annually.