Bobby Lyle to Receive the 2014 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award

Dr. Bobby Lyle, innovative engineer, educator, corporate executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist, is the 2014 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient.
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DALLAS - May 15, 2014 - PRLog -- Methodist Health System Foundation has named innovative engineer, educator, corporate executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist Bobby Lyle as the 2014 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient. 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. Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulate the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.

Methodist Health System Foundation President and CEO April Box Chamberlain said, “Bobby’s leadership and entrepreneurial approach have had a far reaching and real impact on the Dallas community. He embodies the Folsom Leadership Award, and we are honored to celebrate his achievements.”

In 2013, Methodist Health System provided more than $132 million in unreimbursed charity care, an increasingly disproportionate share in North Texas. The Folsom event has been recognized as one of Dallas’s largest fundraising events, and has raised more than $9 million over the past nine years to benefit Methodist Health System’s programs and services. Proceeds from the 2014 Folsom event will benefit Methodist Health System Foundation.

Past Folsom Leadership Award recipients include Robert S. Folsom (2005), Nancy Ann Hunt (2006), Troy Aikman (2007), Laura Bush (2008), the late Norman Brinker (2009), Pat and Emmitt Smith (2010), Trevor Rees-Jones (2011), Mike Boone (2012), and Rev. Mark Craig (2013).

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About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. 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. Additional information is available at Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at

If you are interested in supporting the Robert S. Folsom Award, please contact Methodist Health System Foundation Vice President of Development Joy Duncan at 214-947-4555 or More information is available at (

About Bobby Lyle

Innovative engineer, educator, corporate executive, entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist all accurately describe Dr. Bobby Lyle, whose multifaceted career has spanned six 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.

A Southern Methodist University alumnus, he served as dean ad interim at age 30 and subsequently as executive dean of the SMU Cox School of Business, before completing his doctor of education degree at UMass-Amherst. After graduation, he returned to Dallas to enter the oil and gas industry.  What followed was a fascinating career during which 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, such as the 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. He has received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award, been recognized as Alumni Volunteer of the Year, and twice 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. In 2008, SMU named the Lyle School of Engineering in his honor.

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 and been inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame.

Lyle received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech University, Master of Science in engineering administration from Southern Methodist University, and Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He is the proud 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.

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