The Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual event that features prominent geographers and public figures to whom geographic education has great meaning.
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The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education is proud to host its
16th Annual Distinguished Lecture
Mr. Jesse Luxton
Mr. Luxton is a graduate of then-called Southwest Texas State College with a degree in business. Once he graduated, he joined the F.W. Woolworth Company in 1966 as a store manager and completed his tenure as General Manager of their largest department store in 1972. He then joined National Picture & Frame Company of Greenwood, Mississippi, where he became one of the top sellers and marketers of wall decor. As President and CEO of the company, sales grew from $4,000 in 1978 to $73 million in 1997.
He and his wife, Betty, have contributed greatly to Texas State University, providing several scholarships for Texas State students in the McCoy College of Business Administration. The Luxtons are Texas State "Heroes", those that have donated $1 million or more to the University. They are frequent travelers and have visited over 30 countries.