Harry Bovay Jr.
Mr. Bovay has been an extraordinarily generous supporter of the College of Engineering. In 1994 he made a gift to endow the Bovay Program for the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering. In 2000 Mr. Bovay made a commitment to establish the Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Jr. Professorship in History and Ethics of Professional Engineering. In September 2004 Mr. Bovay completed the commitment. Also in 2004, Mr. Bovay made another gift toward the construction and implementation of the Civil Infrastructure Laboratory Complex, the Bovay Lab Complex, in Thurston Hall.
In 1946, Mr. Bovay established H.E. Bovay Jr. Consulting Engineers, and later changed it to Bovay Engineers, Inc. The company became known internationally as “the problem solvers,” and undertook projects for such diverse clients as NASA and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, as well as major airports, schools and universities, utility facilities, and manufacturing and construction concerns all over the world. He was chair of Bovay until 1983, then served as a member of the Board and as an executive consultant until he sold the company in 1984. He is founder of Mid South Telecommunications Company Inc., a Delaware holding company operating diversified telecommunications companies. For over 40 years, the company owned and operated three telephone companies.
A member of nine engineering societies, Mr. Bovay is the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers Award. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for Research for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Chancellor’s Council of both the University of Texas and Texas A&M. A life-long supporter of Boy Scouts of America, Mr. Bovay has held local, regional and national level positions in the organization, and is the recipient of the Silver Beaver, the highest award of the Boy Scouts of America. He and Mrs. Bovay established the Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, Texas, serving the Sam Houston area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Scout Ranch can host up to 4,000 scouts daily for a wide variety of programs and activities. Mr. Bovay has been a Director of the Houston Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Houston Commission on Zoning. In 1998, Mr. Bovay was the recipient of the George Washington Distinguished Service Award of the Paul Carrington Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.