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Trustee Bobby Lyle is an entrepreneur and civic leader well known as an engineer, educator, business executive, philanthropist and mentor.

The founder of Lyco Energy Corporation in 1981, Bobby has been a leader in the petroleum and natural gas industry for more than 25 years, exploring throughout the United States. He was instrumental in the development of the Dallas Galleria and the InterFirst Bank-Galleria. In 2005, he established Lyco Holdings, Inc., a private investment firm. He currently serves as president and CEO of Lyco Holdings.

Bobby’s career of service to SMU is long and accomplished. He has served as an SMU trustee for 30 years, and the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering was named in his honor in 2008. He was the interim dean for the Cox School of Business from 1971-73 and the executive dean from 1973-75. He has endowed four academic chairs at SMU, supporting outstanding faculty in cybersecurity, engineering innovation, engineering entrepreneurship and leadership, and global enterprise.

Lyle is a past president of the SMU Alumni Association and has served on the Executive Board of the School of Engineering, the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business and as a trustee of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man in SMU’s Dedman College. He is vice chair of the Maguire Energy Institute in the Cox School and of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

Lyle holds a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University, a master’s in engineering administration from SMU and a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Community Leadership / Board Service

Bobby received the 2018 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility.

In addition to his extensive service to CFT and SMU, Bobby has held leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America, the Volunteer Center of North Texas, the National and Dallas Advisory Boards of The Salvation Army, Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, Texas Trees Foundation, Center for Nonprofit Management, Trinity Trust Foundation, Kindness Foundation and Dallas Assembly Foundation.