R. Steven Hicks, BA ’72, owns and serves as executive chairman of the Austin-based private investment firm Capstar Partners, LLC. In February 2009, Hicks was appointed to The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry. He was reappointed in February 2011, and again in January 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott.
In 2017, UT Austin’s School of Social Work was named the Steve Hicks School of Social Work in honor of his remarkable generosity. Hicks built his career in the radio industry and in 1996 founded Capstar Broadcasting Corporation. Two years later, it was the nation’s largest radio station holding company.