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Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award

2023 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Recipients

Mary & Rich Templeton

Mary & Rich Templeton

Mary and Richard K. “Rich” Templeton are dedicated servant leaders who continue to make significant contributions to Dallas in many areas, including business, education, faith, and philanthropy.

Mr. Templeton is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Instruments (TI). He joined the company in 1980 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He spent his operational career in the company's semiconductor business, beginning in sales and eventually becoming President of the entire business. Prior to being named CEO, Mr. Templeton served as Chief Operating Officer. In these roles, Mr. Templeton is credited with helping to define and execute TI's strategy to focus on semiconductors for signal processing; and operationally, he guided the company during this transformation. He has been among the top-ranked CEOs in Institutional Investor’s Best Semiconductor CEOs in America for several years.

In addition to his TI duties, he serves on the board of the Semiconductor Industry Association and as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable.

Mrs. Templeton also graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics, then spent 14 years with General Electric working in marketing, finance and audit.

Mrs. Templeton is a community volunteer currently serving on several non-profit boards in the Dallas area. She has spent 19 years on the board of John Paul II High School, and continues to serve on the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation Board and co-chair their Unite Forever Capital Campaign. Her past board affiliations include Ursuline Academy, Ursuline Academy Foundation, University of Dallas, Union College, Dallas Arboretum, AT&T Performing Arts Board, and the Southwest Region Boys and Girls Club of America. Mrs. Templeton is also a member of the Advisory Council of The Catholic Foundation and has worked with the Diocese of Dallas, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, John Paul II High School, Visiting Nurses Association, and the Dallas Arboretum with capital campaigns and development projects. She received the 2011 Catholic Foundation Award for service to the community. The Templetons live in Parker, Texas where they raised their three children.

For more information, please contact Methodist Health System Foundation at (214) 947-4555 or FolsomAward@mhd.com.